What is Pigmentation and How Can it Be Treated?

Skin PigmentationYou’ve probably heard of the term pigmentation on skin care forums or on ads that promote beauty products. But what exactly does pigmentation mean? Pigmentation happens when some parts of the skin turn darker in colour causing you to have an uneven skin tone. Most people have liver spots, age spots, post pregnancy masks and some discoloured areas of their skin due to the overproduction of melanin.

While melanin is meant to protect you from the effects of the sun, various factors both internally and those from the environment can make your skin produce more melanin. This causes hyperpigmentation in various skin areas. Acute inflammation caused by injuries may also lead to increased pigmentation. Pigmentation can occur in form of several types mainly:

Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation

PIH develops after a wound becomes inflamed. When you have a wound that causes inflammation, it leads to production keratinocytes which in turn produce excess melanin leading to skin discolouration skin on the affected part. PIH may be worsened by laser treatments, IPL, and chemical peels.


Also referred to as the mask of pregnancy, melasma occurs in women during their reproduction period. Furthermore, the condition is prevalent among women than men. Melasma can also be classified as dermal, epidermal and mixed.


You’ll notice a lot of people have freckles. They mainly happen when melanin becomes unevenly distributed. Additionally, they are genetic and can occur even at a younger age.

Treatment Options

When you visit a certified beauty expert, they’ll be able to advise you on the best pigmentation treatment, Brisbane based on the type of pigmentation you have. Pigmentation is easily treatable and you can go back to having a glowing skin in no time.

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