How do you feel about the current condition of your skin? Maybe crow’s feet and frown lines have not dug in yet. But when you look at your face, you can tell that you are getting older. If you are in your 30’s and older, it is likely that you are battling with an uneven skin tone. We are not talking about cute little freckles on your cheeks. We are talking about huge brown patches on your face, on your shoulders, and on your hands. These dark spots are a type of skin pigmentation. They typically happen because of exposure to the sun, specifically UV rays that can dig deep into your skin and lead to aging.
UV rays cause your pigment cells to kick into overdrive. They respond by creating melanin. This is why when a person is in the sun, their skin gets darker. This is also why you might have unwanted dark patches. What’s interesting is that sunspots and areas of uneven skin pigmentation can take up to two decades to show up. If you’re dealing with uneven pigmentation now, it’s likely that as a child, you had a lot of sun exposure.
Until recently, treating pigmentation issues could only be done with lasers. But lasers can be problematic in that they sometimes only work on certain individuals. Bleaching creams can be used, but most produce less-than-perfect results.
When it comes to addressing skin pigmentation, it is good to work with our dermatologist to determine the right treatment for you. You can prevent future pigmentation issues and future sun damage by protecting yourself now by wearing sunscreen and by consuming antioxidants and other healthy nutrients. Some people have added products designed to address pigmentation to their skincare routine and are surprised at how well they can do at turning back the clock.
In addition to exposure to the sun, hormonal fluctuations can cause uneven pigmentation. This is true of women using birth control pills and of women who are pregnant. Thankfully, a lot of the skin coloration fluctuations connected with hormones go away once a person gets their hormones under control or their circumstances change.
When your skin is less-than-perfect, it can affect the way that you feel about yourself and can affect the way that other people view you. Our dermatologist and staff at Lakeside Dermatology can work with you in determining what it is that is causing your skin pigmentation. From there, we can create a skincare routine that’s right for your specific problem.
If you would like to learn more about how you can improve your skin pigmentation, schedule a consultation at Lakeside Dermatology, located in Sebring and Winter Haven. Contact us today for your appointment!