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Spa Talk: What Causes Uneven Skin Tone?

Uneven skin tone, or hyperpigmentation, is the result of an overproduction of melanin. Melanin is what gives skin and hair its colour, helps protect skin against damaging UV light, and absorbs heat from the sun. However, an overproduction of melanin can lead to a mottled, uneven skin tone.

Here are some causes of melanin overproduction and what you can do to prevent it:

1) Sun exposure: When skin is repeatedly exposed to UV light, sun damage occurs. Brown spots appear as a result of too much melanin being produced to help protect skin from UV light.

2) Hormones: Melasma is hormone-related hyperpigmentation caused by increased hormone stimulation. It is most commonly experienced by women who are pregnant (which is why it’s also known as the “mask of pregnancy”) or taking contraceptives, but can also be a reaction to cosmetics or medications.

3) Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation: This is a darkening of skin that’s the result of scarring, which can be caused by acne lesions or skin injury.

For more information on how to make your skin look as even as possible, call the spa at 604 732 4402 or pop in! One of our skin specialists would be happy to discuss this with you.

Also, visit the dermalogica website to find out some more information on, and products for uneven skin tone.

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