Dark Spots and Discoloration – A prevalent problem in Southern California
We post a lot of information that focuses on skin discoloration simply because it is such a problem for so many people in high sun areas like Orange County. One of the most common pigmentation problems is hyperpigmentation which can be broadly diffuse on the skin or concentrated in certain areas.
Sunshine is not your friend
Sun exposure is the biggest cause but we also include in the causes acne, genetics, hormones, some medications and skin trauma from surgery, wounds or even insect bites. Your genes play a big part in the manifestations of skin discoloration and also affects how susceptible you are to hyperpigmentation.
Skin products, chemical peels and certain light based treatments can help improve hyperpigmentation. Obviously not all treatments are ideal for everyone and it’s wise to not self-prescribe, as some procedures could actually increase pigmentation for your specific skin type and condition.
It’s important to remember that no treatment removes all traces of sun damage that is accumulated over the years. Accumulated UV damage that your skin receives throughout your life is a significant determining factor in the severity of hyperpigmentation problems you may experience. Start young with sun protection if you want to avoid persistent problems later.
Sun damage – beyond hyperpigmentation
Ultraviolet waves play an important role in premature skin aging and skin cancers. Regardless of skin color or ethnicity, anyone can develop skin cancer. it is especially important for people with darker skins to practice routine skin self-examinations and use appropriate sunscreen. Melanoma can hide on the scalp, on the back and even between toes.
Pigmentation from acne
Acne affects every skin type and ethnicity but darker skin will experience increased discoloration simply because there is more pigment the body has to deposit in locations where inflammation has occurred. If you have skin that is high pigment, then controlling acne early on is even more urgent.