Skin Discolouration and Pigmentation Disorders
Skin pigmentation disorders are health conditions that result in skin hyper or hypo pigmentation. Although dark patches (hyperpigmentation) or Vitiligo (hypopigmentation) on the skin can cause insecurity, it’s actually extremely common.
At SkinAddict we are able to treat Hyperpigmentation successfully with a range of skincare products. The single most important step is to avoid the sun and wear an SPF 50. Melanocyte cells within the skin are triggered by sunlight to produce melatonin. In defective cells this protective process continues and produces too much melatonin, producing dark pigment which remains after a suntan fades. So the single most important step is to PROTECT PROTECT PROTECT!! At SkinAddict we stock a wide range of SPFs to protect your skin from the sun.
What Causes Skin Pigmentation Disorders?
For those wondering how skin pigmentation occurs, it’s mainly down to the production of melanin. There are two main types of melanin: pheomelanin and eumelanin.
Pheomelanin is red and yellow and provides very little protection from UV rays. In fact, pheomelanin facilitates harmful UV rays to penetrate the skin and pick up reactive oxygen radicals. UV ray penetration can lead to DNA and cell damage, which may result in fatal conditions such as cancer.
On the other hand, eumelanin is black and brown and actually inhibits UV rays from penetrating the skin. Ultimately, your own skin pigmentation is a product of the two types of melanin, meaning a deficiency in one or the other can lead to skin pigmentation disorders.
Despite this, skin pigmentation disorders can also be a result of medications, hormonal changes, UV exposure, sun damage, inflammations, and wound healing.
Can You Get Rid of Skin Pigmentation?
As previously mentioned, skin pigmentation disorders can be a source of insecurity, meaning many people wonder how to treat skin pigmentation on the face. Here at SkinAddict, we stock all manner of skin pigmentation treatments for those looking to improve and maintain their skin’s health. Browse our pigmentation collection here.
Types of Skin Pigmentation Disorders
The term “skin pigmentation disorders” refers to various types of skin changes with different patterns and unique effects.
Vitiligo is a chronic skin pigmentation disorder without detrimental health effects; however, those with the condition can often experience psychological distress. The key symptom of vitiligo is the loss of pigment in various areas of the skin, resulting in the appearance of white patches. These patches typically occur in areas that are frequently exposed to the sun and vitiligo can even turn one’s hair grey or white. In addition to white patches of skin, those with vitiligo will often experience the greying of the eyebrows, eyelashes, or facial hair, a loss of colour in the tissues that line inside the nose, and discomfort and itching in the affected areas.
Vitiligo is an autoimmune disease, meaning that it’s a result of a person’s immune system attacking their melanocytes; however, it’s not clear what causes this. Vitiligo doesn’t result in any health complications, but individuals can help alleviate symptoms such as discomfort and itching using the right skin products. A member of the SkinAddict team would be happy to guide you in selecting such a product.
Melasma is a widespread skin pigmentation disorder and is otherwise known as chloasma. This typically occurs in women and only tends to affect those with darker skin tones. The most prevalent symptoms of melasma are grey or brown patches of skin in areas that are exposed to the sun. These patches are usually symmetrical on each side of the body/face and are darker than one’s natural skin tone.
Melasma doesn’t result in any health complications and the cause of such is unknown; however, it’s thought that those with darker skin tones are more susceptible due to a higher melanocyte activity than those with lighter skin tones.
Melasma can be triggered in a variety of ways, including heat, certain skincare products, hormonal changes, and sun exposure. In order to treat melasma, you may apply hydroquinone, tretinoin, and corticosteroid products, each of which is available from SkinAddict.
Albinism is a genetic disorder that leaves the body unable to produce or distribute melanin. The most predominant symptom of albinism is a deficiency of colour in the skin, hair, and eyes, which can impact the whole body or just small patches here and there. In some instances, the individual may have some colouring; however, this will still be significantly lighter than normal. On top of a lack of colour, those with albinism usually experience vision problems, such as impaired vision, complete blindness, involuntary rapid eye movements, an increased sensitivity to light, and crossed eyes.
Although there is no cure for albinism, there are treatments available to help relieve symptoms, some of which are available at SkinAddict. For instance, people with albinism need to protect their skin from the sun using SPF products, which can be found on the SkinAddict online store. Similarly, those with albinism should protect their eyes from the sun by wearing sunglasses and may wear prescription glasses to aid their vision. In extreme cases, surgery may be administered to fix rapid eye movement.
Shop Pigmentation Products at SkinAddict
Here at SkinAddict, we understand that each of our customers is unique, and everyone requires a bespoke skincare routine. Therefore, we’re happy to assist you in selecting the right products based on your skin type, condition, and concerns. Simply contact us via our website, and an expert member of our team will be in touch with specialist advice, guidance, and product suggestions. We look forward to hearing from you.
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