While many people are born with it, some people develop a skin pigmentation disorder over time and don’t even realize it. Pigmentation refers to the color of a person’s skin, and skin pigmentation disorders come in many forms like an uneven or blotchy complexion, age spots, liver spots, freckles and birth marks. When someone has a pigmentation disorder, they are either having an overproduction or an underproduction of a certain pigment.
Melanin is the name of this pigment, and it is responsible for absorbing those harmful UV rays that come from the sun. The more sun exposure we have, the more melanin is deposited, and as a result, the skin gets darker. A dark tan is due to this same process (from natural sunlight, or artificial).
Overproduction of melanin, or hyperpigmentation, can also be a result of acne scarring, hormonal changes, and nutritional deficiency or prescription drugs. We take notice of this process after seeing color patches surface on our faces, but by this time it is too late. The sun damage has already been done.
However, don’t lose hope because there are options out there to help in decreasing the appearance of hyperpigmentation in addition to smoothing and evening out the skin tone. Several types of treatments are available to improve the appearance of your skin. Talk with our facialist to learn about the best options for you. We look forward to working with you to achieve beautiful, radiant skin.