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Types of Pigmentation

Types of PigmentationWe treat all kinds of pigmentation every day, but you may be wondering if you are suffering from pigmentation at all. Our pigmentation overview outlines all kinds of hyperpigmentation, but if you are still unsure, call us today on 0113 282 3300 and our pigmentation experts will talk to you.

What is pigmentation / hyperpigmentation:

Pigmentation / Hyperpigmentation is a common skin condition, where some areas or patches of skin turn darker in colour. It is usually a harmless condition, caused when there is too much of the pigment, melanin, on the surface of the skin. This condition can affect people of all races. Read more »

The different types of pigmentation:

Melasma is a skin condition presenting as brown patches on the face of adults. Both sides of the face are usually affected. The most common sites of involvement are the cheeks, bridge of nose, forehead, and upper lip. Melasma usually occurs in women, with only 10% of men being affected. Often women who take birth control pills or have an IUD fitted, develop this type of pigmentation. It can become more prominent if the skin is exposed to sunlight and often worsens during the summer months. Read more »

Some pregnant women overproduce melanin and develop a condition called Chloasma or the "mask of pregnancy", on their faces or occasionally on their abdomens. Again this can cover a relatively large area and may worsen after sun exposure. Read more »

Solar Lentigines (Sun Damage)
Age spots, sometimes called 'liver spots', are a form of pigmentation. They usually occur as a result of damage to the skin, from the suns rays. These are often referred to as solar lentigines. The small, dark spots are generally found on the hands and face, but any area exposed to the sun, can be affected. Read more »

Ephelides (Freckles)
Freckles are also common and usually a hereditary skin blemish. Though freckles are often thought of as attractive, some people do seek out treatment to reduce them. Read more »

PIH or post inflammatory hyperpigmentation. This type of pigmentation usually occurs after some type of injury to the skin. It can commonly occur after acne spots or other skin lesions, after traumatic skin treatments, such as inappropriate or overly aggressive laser or after over use of some skin products. Read more »

Dark Eye Cirlces:
There are two types of pigmentation that occur around the eyes. Read more »

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