Pigmentation

What causes Pigmentation, Hyperpigmentation or darkening of the skin?

It is caused by the overproduction of melanin by melanocytes in the basal layer of the epidermis.

Skin Health Hub Skin Conditions What Is PigmentationMelanocytes release pigment into the skin cells to surround and protect the cell’s nucleus. This causes the skin to darken and form concentrated spots of melanin, referred to as sun spots.

Common areas affected are on the cheeks, around the eyes and forehead and if it has occurred as a result of sun damage the melanin was produced to protect skin cells from exposure to harmful UV rays. In the case of hormonal pigment or melisma, the ‘creation’ of a symmetrical ‘butterfly’ pattern of pigment is caused by an overstimulation of melanocytes due to increased levels of oestrogen and progesterone. This may have occurred after pregnancy, use of the oral contraceptive pill or as a result of undergoing hormonal treatment.

For treatment on the face, a skin care range incorporating the use of the following active ingredients is a common approach. Vitamin A to normalise the skins function and C to protect DNA and niacinamide (the active form of vitamin B) to inhibit the synthesis of melanin and lighten existing pigmentation.

Easy Sharing: Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailFacebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Sorry, comments are closed for this post.

Vitamins and Supplements for Hair Loss
Did you know, when we eat a well-balanced diet which incorporates taking selected vitamins and supp [more]
How To Reduce Skin Redness
Rosacea is a neurovascular skin condition that affects around one in twenty people. If you have ros [more]
Natural Cures to Treat Acne
Most people are affected by some form of acne at some point in their lives and many factors contribu [more]
Understanding Acne Scars
The type of scar that can develop from acne can vary. Learning what type of scar you have is the fi [more]
5 Steps to Clear Skin
Our desire for a glowing, healthy, blemish-free complexion is only natural.  That’s why we become [more]
How to Reduce Rosacea
Like most skin conditions, rosacea is complex as the underlying factors which cause it are believed [more]
Treating Body Acne
Although acne on the back is also caused from excess sebum and dead cells being trapped in the folli [more]
Vitamins to Treat Acne
Nutrition is a very important aspect of skin care. Taking vitamins, minerals, or other types of sup [more]
How to Repair Acne Scars
Acne is thought to affect as much as 80% of adolescents and 5% of adults.  For many acne suffers de [more]