Skin Pigmentation

The pigmentation of one’s skin is the result of millions of years of evolution, which explains the wide range of skin tones we see in everyday life. People with origin close to the Equator, where the sun is the most intense, had to develop protective mechanism against dangerous UV rays.
The result? → An increase in the production of melanin, a natural skin and hair colorant that absorbs UV radiation and protects the body from damage. In fact, the epidermis of a dark-skinned person absorbs up to 25% more UV than that of a light-skinned counterpart.

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Note. The melanocytes look like a ‘hand with fingers’. The pigment is produced in the middle of the hand and is gradually expelled at the tip of the fingers (called pseudopods). Obviously, in darker skin there is an increase production of melanin

How do I prevent unbalanced pigmentation?

  • Pigmentation disorders are caused by a myriad of factors, which include sun damage, hormonal imbalance, and skin trauma or disease. Of all these causes, sun damage is both the most common, and the most easily prevented! Simply applying a sunscreen with a minimum SPF15 every day, and avoiding peak sun times around midday, will do a lot to prevent the sun damage that can make your skin’s pigment act up. Jan Marini- Daily Face Protectant (SPF30) provides optimum daily sun protection.
  • Hormonal imbalance, a cause of pigmentation mostly affecting women, can occur during any time that the body’s natural hormone balance is disturbed. These triggers can include hormonal changes, such as those that happen during the menstrual cycle, menopause, prolonged stress, pregnancy or even when taking birth control pills. Unlike pigmentation related to trauma or sun damage, hormonally-induced hyperpigmentation generally disappears when balance is restored to the body, and it can be treated during the interim period with topical skin brighteners.
  • The pigmentation related to skin trauma (cuts, wounds, scrapes and the like) is difficult to prevent in the case of accidental damage to the skin. Picking at acne lesions is also, of course, a big no-no, and will only exacerbate the pigmentation associated with the wound healing.
  • How much you can reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation depends largely on what is causing the problem, as well as how deeply into the skin the pigmentation extends.

Case Studies

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