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SKIN CONCERN:

Pigmentation

Irregularities in the skin’s pigmentation are a result of a decrease or abnormal production and deposition of melanin (pigment) by the melanocytes.

SKIN CONCERN:

Pigmentation

Irregularities in the skin’s pigmentation are a result of a decrease or abnormal production and deposition of melanin (pigment) by the melanocytes.

What is Pigmentation?

Melanocytes are pigment-producing cells that determine the colour of our skin. Production of melanin is dependent on many variables such as hormones, drugs, trauma and UV or sun exposure. It is a natural protective mechanism of the skin when exposed to these elements and factors.

Types of Pigmentation

Epidermal (superficial) pigmentation: This type of pigmentation is usually close to the surface of the skin and are induced by sun exposure. It includes solar lentigos, freckles, and cafe-au-lait macules.
Dermal (deep) pigmentation: Dermal pigmentation is usually found in the dermal layers. It includes Hori’s macules and naevus of ota.
Mixed dermal/epidermal pigmentation: This type of pigmentation traverses through both the superficial and deeper layers of the skin. Melasma is an example of this.

Uv Radiation

Sun spots and age spots are the most common types of pigmentation, especially in areas of high UV radiation levels like Australia.

Hormonal

A common cause as seen in melasma or chloasma, this is a type of pigmentation usually caused by pregnancy or the pill.

Skin Trauma

This can be a result of physical trauma to the skin, chemical peels, laser treatments, or acne. This is known as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

Sun Damage

Skin pigmentation can be present at birth (birthmarks), appear in childhood or adulthood. Examples of these include congenital melanocytic naevus, cafe au lait spots, spilus naevus, hori’s macules, and naevus of ota.

What is Hyperpigmentation?

The production of excess melanin causing skin patches that appear darker than the surrounding skin. Age spots, liver spots, freckles, sun spots and melasma are all types of hyperpigmentation.

Excess skin pigmentation or hyper-pigmentation is usually caused by an overwhelming of the melanin-protective system. This leads to excess production and clumping of melanin, and the appearance of brown or darker spots of pigmentation in the skin.

What is Hypopigmentation?

Characterised by the loss of colour to the skin, it is due to the absence of normal amounts of melanin (the chemical that gives skin its colour) caused by disease, injury, burns or other trauma to the skin.

The most common cause of hypopigmentation is damage or trauma to the skin. Burns, infections, pimples, blisters, scrapes and any injuries that result in scarring can all lead to skin discolouration.

If you would like to treat or correct your uneven skin tone, please speak to our laser specialists and medical doctor at Cosmetic Medical Clinic.

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