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Skin tone

Hyperpigmentation is a term that is used to describe an uneven skin tone. It is the result of an over production of melanin. Melanin gives skin and hair their color, and it also absorbs heat from the sun and protects the skin against damaging effects of UV light. Unfortunately, hormones, excessive sun exposure, or scarring can lead to an overproduction of melanin and result in a mottled or uneven skin tone.

Hormones

A hormone-related form of hyperpigmentation is referred to as Melisma.  Melisma is a condition that is most commonly experienced by women who are pregnant (that is why it’s also known as the “mask of pregnancy”) that results from an increase in hormones. Melisma can also result from the use of contraceptives, or be caused by cosmetics or medications.

Sun Exposure

It is not unusual for brown spots to form on the skin, when it is repeatedly exposed to the damaging effects of UV light from the sun.  The reason that brown spots occur is because excess melanin was produced to protect the skin from the sun.

Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation

A third form of hyperpigmentation is referred to as Post-Inflammatory hyperpigmentation.  It is a darkening of the skin those results, from scarred skin, caused by acne lesions or skin injuries.

How do I treat Uneven Skin Tone?

The best method for treating hyperpigmentation is to apply products that both treat and prevent discoloration of the skin. That includes products that work at exfoliating and bleaching and which utilize active ingredients, such as, lactic acid, salicylic acid and glycolic acid. Those ingredients are commonly used for acne blemishes, age spots and hyperpigmentation (sun-damaged skin), or to obtain a smooth even skin tone.

 

Keep your eyes open, we will soon be launching our own skin care line specially formulated for uneven skin tone.

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