All of us wish to have that skin-perfect complexion with ever-lasting youth and no matter how sure you are that laugh lines represent a well-lived life, it is hard to say the same about those not-so-subtle brown-coloured patches on your face. This skin discoloration, commonly known as skin pigmentation is often a result of sun exposure (UV rays), hormonal changes, genetics, medications (such as birth control pills), pregnancy, skin aging or the wrong use of skin care products, just to name a few.
What happens when you have skin pigmentation?
You look into the mirror and notice immediately that:
- Your face looks dull with an uneven skin tone, and/or
- Your dark spots are due to acne marks and scars.
Or, worse yet, your family or friends mentioned that
- You look tired all the time, and/or
- You look OLDER than your age?!
Many think that pigmentation simply refers to the dark spots on the face. However, there is, in fact, more than one type of skin pigmentation and depending on its type, its appearance differs. For example:
Why am I facing skin pigmentation problems?
Everyone can achieve a flawless complexion too and sticking to the basics can help you achieve that. With that said, you may be puzzled as to why despite your efforts in applying sunblock every single day, new pigmentation marks appear and existing ones become darker and bigger in size. The answer is simple – pigmentation does not surface overnight. It is the accumulation of the dark pigment, melanin, in our skin that gradually leads to the appearance of dark facial spots. Melanin production, in turn, is triggered by sun exposure. Thus, to have a clear complexion, you should never underestimate the importance of sun protection; starting early is the best thing you can do for your skin.