Discoloration of Skin Pigment

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Discoloration of Skin Pigment
There are several causes to skin discolouration. (Skin care. Beauty. image by Monika 3 Steps Ahead from Fotolia.com)

Discolouration of skin pigment is a common skin disorder that can have minimal or significant impact on the skin's appearance and health.There are several causes of skin discolouration, some as simple as age and sun exposure. However, discolouration can also be a genetic disorder that offers no cure. In any account, preventive steps and practicing a healthy skincare regimen is always the best way to ensure you're taking the best care of your skin possible.

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Pigmentation

The pigment melanin is produced in the top layers of your skin when you are exposed to the sun. The more melanin that is produced, the more pigmentation in your skin. When there are no skin issues or when you are healthy, your skin will appear normal in colour. If you are experiencing discolouration of your skin, it could be the cause of hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation.

Hyperpigmentation

One type of discolouration of skin pigment is called hyperpigmentation. This occurs when certain cells release more pigment, causing a darkening of the skin. Usually, hyperpigmentation is seen as tan or brown patches, commonly on the facial skin. It can frequently just disappear over time or can be treated with prescription creams. Wearing sunscreen and avoiding sun exposure is a preventive step for hyperpigmentation.

Hypopigmentation

When there is a reduction of pigment in the skin, this is called hypopigmentation. Two types of hypopigmentation include vitiligo and albinism. Vitiligo is an autoimmune disorder that causes white patches are found all over the body. Cosmetic cover-ups, creams and light treatments are used to treat this disorder. Those suffering from albinism have no pigment in their skin because their body restricts the skin cells from producing melanin. It is an inherited disorder that has no cure.

Causes

There are many causes for skin discolouration. Oestrogen and progesterone can cause hyperpigmentation known as melasma, especially in woman who take oral birth control pills or who are pregnant. Sun exposure can also lead to discolouration of the pigment. Skin discolouration can also be caused by certain medications. General ageing of the skin is a common cause for discolouration. Other obscure skin disorders can also be a cause of discolouration of the skin.

Discolouration Placing

Discolouration of skin pigment can affect your skin in specific spots or can be very widespread. If the discolouration is widespread, it is referred to as generalised. If the discolouration appears on just one side of your body, it is called segmental. If you have discolouration in one or just a few places on your body, it is called focal.

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