As much of this picture shows, I promise I’m not a problem child, but honestly have always had the most ridiculous body. As most girls, I was on the pill since the age of 15 because of my mood swings and very heavy periods (sorry for any blokes reading this…) I had to change to different pills for one reason or another, but one reason was because I kept getting dark patches on my skin because of one. And now I have really weird tan lines whenever I go in the sun because of it! Eurgh…anyway the good news is hyperpigmentation is a common skin condition, where some areas or patches of skin turn darker in colour. It is usually a harmless condition, caused when there is too much of the pigment, melanin, on the surface of the skin. It doesn’t matter which race you are; anyone could be affected.
So what are the different types of pigmentation:
Melasma is the one I had (and still have) and is a skin condition, which looks like brown patches on the face of adults. Both sides of the face are usually affected. Melasma usually occurs in women (aren’t we lucky), with only 10% of men being affected. Often women who take the pill or have an IUD fitted, develop this type of pigmentation. As I mentioned with me, it can become more obvious if sunbathe and so often gets worse during the summer months.
Chloasma is formed again because of hormones, so some pregnant women overproduce melanin and develop it. It caneither shown on your faces or occasionally on your abdomen. Again this can cover a relatively large area and may worsen after sun exposure.
Solar Lentigines (also known as sun damage, age spots or liver spots) are also a form of pigmentation. They usually occur as a result of damage to the skin, from the suns rays. The small, dark spots are generally found on the hands and face, but any area exposed to the sun, can be affected.
Freckles: I flipping love freckles, I think they are so cute! In actual fact they are a form of pigmentation too and usually its come from the genes. If you have freckles though, please keep them, you’re a little cutie with them!
PIH (post inflammatory hyperpigmentation) is a type of pigmentation that usually occurs after some type of injury to the skin. It can commonly occur after acne spots or other skin lesions, after traumatic skin treatments, such as inappropriate or overly aggressive laser or after over use of some skin products.
Dark eye circles: There are two types of pigmentation that occur around the eyes, dark circles from thin skin and lack of sleep or pigmentation in the skin from ethnic origin. In order to help my dark circles under my eyes (from lack of sleep) I use an eye cream with caffeine in it. It is flipping brilliant with the bags too!
For all the other types of skin pigmentation (I have had scarring from spots, as well as melasma) I have been using a fantastic product from Arbonne called the Genius Resurfacing pads. I honestly cannot tell you how quickly I saw a difference and now I feel confident enough to not wear makeup as the scarring on my face has gone. But also the melasma on my body is less prominent. It has really helped with feeling confident in my own skin (quite literally!)
Have a lovely week everyone and remember you can find more regular hints and tips on my Facebook page and Instagram account. See you there!