Abnormal Pigmentation is indicted by skin that have become darker in colour than the surrounding skin, often resulting in a patchy or uneven appearance . This is separate to genetic Pigmentation is certain ethnic Groups.
Babies are uncommonly born with pigmentation (even so-called birthmarks usually appear sometime after birth). If you look at babies and small children you will see the skin of youth is clear, free from freckles and free from patches of uneven colour.
As soon as we are exposed to sunshine, we begin to see the emergence of freckles and a darkening of the skin (a sun tan). By the time we are teenagers, the average Australia has already experienced a high degree of sun exposure and from the age of 25 onward our skin begins to age faster, revealing underlying pigmentation and discolouration.
Your Facial Pigmentation (Melasma ) can be made worse by the use of inappropriate products on the skin (such as alcohol in perfumes and or fragrances) . While skin discolouration tends to increase as we get older, it is governed by a number of factors including:
In conclusion - Any condition that causes inflammation of the skin (such as acne, boils or burns) can also cause over activity in melanocytes and increase in pigment levels. Treatments for pigmentation must therefore be tailored to the individual and take into account your skin ethnicity, the cause of the pigmentation and your desired outcome.
Obagi Australia has extensive experience in the Medical treatment of all skin types to ensure a safe and effective treatment for facial pigmentation.
Obagi Australia has a range of treatment options for facial pigmentation disorders. Ethnic Variation with darker skin Fitzpatrick types 3-5 (including Asian and Indo-Pakistani) are notoriously more difficult to treat and invasive treatments should never be applied without conditioning of the melanocyte - To avoid a reactive increase in pigment.
Dark patches might develop on your face (chloasma). Avoid sun exposure, which can worsen chloasma. After childbirth, skin typically returns to its normal pigment over a period of several months. However, some dark patches due to chloasma might never go away. If you have significant pigmentation I recommend Treating aggressively Prior TO conception