Uneven skin tone, called hyper-pigmentation occurs in a lot more of the population than people with healthy looking, even toned skin think. In fact, if your skin is even and has that natural looking glow then you should consider yourself lucky. For people who have hyper-pigmentation can often look more than 12 years older than they actually as a result of this condition. Here are some common causes of this condition and some ways to combat it.
What Causes Uneven Skin Tone?
- Too much sun exposure: Frequent exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays can damage the skin and cause brown spots to appear. This can lead to uneven skin tone as excess melanin begins to develop. Moderate your sun exposure all year round even during the winter and fall when UV levels can still be quite high.
- Certain hormones: A hormonal condition called Melasma – which is often seen in pregnant women or in women who are taking contraceptives on a regular basis – can lead to hyper-pigmentation.
- Some medications: The main medications that can cause uneven skin tone include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), phenytoin, antimalarials, amiodarone, antipsychotic drugs, cytotoxic drugs, tetracyclines, and heavy metals.
- Skin conditions: Acne or rather the scarring that is the result of acne lesions or can damage the skin so too can popping pimples and trying to spot treat this condition.
Treatments for Hyper-pigmentation
- Corrective makeup: One solution – which really isn’t a solution for uneven skin – is simply to cover it over with makeup such as concealer, setting powder, etc. This solution does not get too the root of the problem.
- Sunscreen: Sunscreen can protect your skin from the harmful UV rays the sun emits. Apply it regularly when you go out and you can eradicate one of the leading causes of hyper-pigmentation. Just be sure to use one that is SPF 15 or greater.
- Laser treatment: Some people who are at their wits end when it comes to uneven skin tone try laser treatment. However, some studies have found that the heat and inflammation produced by the laser can trigger new pigment production.
- Kojic Acid Cream: Kojic Acid Cream goes to the root of the problem and helps to even out uneven skin tone. It doesn’t just hide what is still there beneath the surface as makeup does.
Proper skin care does not take a lot of time or money. You can do so quickly and easily using common sense, the guidance of your dermatologist and with our natural skin care products such as our Kojic Acid Cream. Just remember to stay consistent with whatever treatment you use to combat uneven skin.