There are four main reasons why individuals may develop excessive pigmentation in the skin:
- Sun damage – this causes sun spots, which resemble freckles and usually flat and brown
- Seborrhoeic keratoses – these are warty growths on the skin that are typically brown
- Melasma – this is a common ocndition in which dark brown or grey patches develop on the face
- Post inflammatory hyperpigmentation – this when pigmentation develops after a rash including acne has occurred, and is common in darker skin types.
The results are variable and depend on the underlying diagnosis. Pigmentation from sun damage and seborrheoic keratosis improves well to treatment. Melasma also frequently responds well though post inflammatory hyperpigmentation may be much slower to resolve.
If you suffer from pigmentation problems then please arrange to see one of our Dermatologists who will be happy to help.