The unique colouring of our skin is determined by the production of Melanin, a pigment that is found naturally within the body. Sometimes a disruption in this process occurs and the skin develops areas on the face or body that differ in colour.
The production of too much Melanin is known as Hyperpigmentation and will cause the skin to appear darker. This can be caused by ageing, sun exposure or injury to the skin. Melasma, freckles and age spots are common examples of Hyperpigmentation, often appearing as localised patches that cover a small area of the skin. Melasma is a common skin condition which can cause darker patches of discolouration on the skin. This type of pigmentation is usually temporary and often follows injury to the skin (e.g a thermal burn), or an inflammatory disorder (e.g dermatitis or infection).
However, when the skin appears lighter, this is Hypopigmentation and the cause is down to not enough Melanin being produced. This type of pigmentation can be inherited, but may also be a result of trauma to the skin, and will often cover a much larger area of the face and body.
Pigmentation can be a concern that is particularly noticeable to others, causing feelings of self-consciousness and embarrassment. The size of the patches that develop can vary greatly in size, and if they are significantly large, the affected person may find it difficult to cover. Age spots can often cause a person to feel it gives a misperception of their age, appearing older than they really are.
At PPP Laser Clinic, a variety of treatments are available to help with the rejuvenation of the skin, encouraging healthy properties that stimulate healthy functioning. The right treatment for you will be recommended by your expert Doctor at a per-treatment consultation.