Pigmentation is the name given to the colouring of an individual’s skin. Normally, the skin appears even in colour. However, when patches of the skin turn darker in colour, this is known as hyperpigmentation.
What is Hyperpigmentation?
Caused by an overproduction of melanin, the substance responsible for colour and can result for a number of reasons, including hormonal changes and pregnancy. Exposure to sunlight is amongst the most common causes. Women will often experience it due to changing levels or sensitivity to hormones.
Melasma is a common form of hyperpigmentation. The condition is characterised by brown patches of skin. Melasma is known to occur in pregnancy and it is for this reason that the condition is often referred to as the "mask of pregnancy". However, men can develop melasma too.
Melasma Treatments in Twickenham
Women who develop melasma during pregnancy and while they will find that the condition disappears once they have given birth, the un-even skin tone will remain unless treated. The symptoms can be treated with Avénes D-pigment and Skinceuticals pigment regulator.
Individuals with melasma should limit their exposure to sunlight and administer a strong sunscreen to their skin at all times as sunlight can worsen the appearance of dark patches.