For most of us, though, splotchy skin and brown markings on the face, chest, arms and hands are a direct result of sun exposure. Whether termed brown spots, melasma, age spots, “liver spots”, sun spots, blotchy skin or any other name, hyperpigmentation is a melanin response to a trigger. That trigger is usually the sun. A major component in preventing and controlling uneven pigmentation is the use of effective sunscreens.
There are a variety of treatments for brown spots and hyper pigmentation. The cause of your hyperpigmentation will determine the most effective method to help blend and control the problem. The medical staff at Dermatology Group of Southern California, Inc. will carefully determine which treatment is suitable and most effective for your particular skin color, skin type and skin problem.
The most effective solutions to existing brown spots and unevenly-colored skin will be one of – or a combination of:
To have an understanding of what hyperpigmentation is, it’s important to understand the role of melanin. Skin gets its color, whether light or dark, from melanin. Melanin is the pigment that your body produces which determines the color of your skin, hair and eyes. The more melanin, the more color and the more “color-potential” you have in your skin.
To a great degree, your ancestry determines your susceptibility to having brown spots or brown patches on your skin. Most people with Scandinavian backgrounds have little incidence of pigmentation problems. If, however, you are of Latin America, Middle Eastern or Asian descent, you will have far more melanin cells and the resulting likelihood of hyperpigmentation is far greater.
Common pigmentation-causing injuries include:
Your body’s response to injury is inflammation. Often you don’t even see the inflammation as much of it occurs beneath the epidermis. This inflammation triggers melanin production and the result is a brown patch, lines or stripes.
*For any procedure and service described on this website, individual results may vary and may not be applicable in all cases.