hyperpigmentation bothering you?
Do you feel ugly because
of dark spots on your face?
in Clearwater, Florida, writes, "I have
always been an outdoor girl and have
hanging out on the beach. Now
my skin looks horrible and except for the
surfers no one finds me attractive. But I
am now an executive and wants to have a
relationship with someone like me. What
can I do?"
dark spots on your face are known by many names
but the correct name is
hyperpigmentation, as dermatologists like to call
it. Women with darker skin tones, such as
South Asian women, are more likely to face this type of skin problems, but it is not unique to them. Almost anyone can suffer from them. And of course, they
make you look less attractive. No matter if you are a woman or a man! People with
dark spots can dress in
the most expensive clothes, apply highest-quality makeup, but when others see them, they see a person with dark spots on her or his
face and it does not produce a very favorable impression. We have
heard from people who did not find success in their romantic life or
were even rejected for some jobs simply because they had a face with hyperpigmentation. But there is hope.
First of all, there are the darkest spots, technically called
melasma and the lighter spots simply called
discolorations. They are treated differently and in this article we are going to talk only about
melasma. Our skin has cells that contain the pigment that gives us our skin color. These cells are call melanocytes (they produce the skin pigment). If we have lighter areas on our skin it indicates that there are not enough melanocytes or that they are not active. On the other hand, if there are darker areas, it indicates the opposite - too many or overactive cells.
If the skin has hyper-pigmentation this can take many forms, such as
freckles or large, darker areas. They can be on any part of our bodies, but they are more common in places that are exposed to the sun such as the face and the front of the
hands, which as a surfer you might have exposed.
However, most women have no choice but to expose these
body parts, particularly when the weather is warm.
Hyper pigmentation can be caused by many factors that can be external or internal. Among internal factors, we have certain illness such as Edison's disease and some hepatic problems. If someone is taking too much iron, for instance, it can cause darker areas on the skin.
Hormonal changes during pregnancy or
menopause also have a role to play. The deficit of certain vitamins and minerals such as calcium and vitamins A, E and B also can cause hyper-pigmentation.
hyperpigmentation, the most common culprit is exposure to sun. The ultraviolet rays damage the skin cells. The use of some products that irritate the skin or cause skin photosensitivity can aggravate the problem. These products include cosmetics or fragrances containing alcohol. If you use such products, you should not expose your body to the sun or at least use sun block. Remember alcohol + sun = irritation and risk of developing
hyperpigmentation, especially if your close relatives have it. Some cosmetics have colorants with mercury, which if you do not follow the instructions, may cause
hyperpigmentation. Some medications used to treat illnesses such as
high blood pressure,
conception, etc. may also cause dark skin spots.
What can you do?
treatment to look young Read
further about skin lightening
bleaching in private parts
using self tanners