Pigmentation:
Causes, Symptoms
& Treatments

Our Expert Commentary

What are the reasons for pigmentation on the face? “trauma to the skin”-Dr Jinah Yoo

Medical expert Dr Jinah Yoo believes as the face is the part of our body which is most exposed to the sun, it is more prone to pigmentation. There are many different types of pigmentation on the face:

    • Melasma

A chronic skin condition which causes brown patches to appear on the face. It is more prevalent in women and those with darker skin types. It is believed to be linked to sun exposure and hormonal changes such as pregnancy.

    • Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation

This is darkening of the skin caused by inflammation (e.g acne, eczema, psoriasis) or trauma to the skin (e.g burns, aesthetic procedures such as laser, chemical peels).

    • Freckles

Freckles appear as multiple, small, brown flecks on the skin, often present from a young age.

    • Lentigo/lentigines (age spots)

These are very common over the age of 40; presenting as flat, brown, well-defined patches on areas of sun-exposed skin, such as the hands, face and chest.

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