Uneven Skin Tone
Uneven skin tone is a broad term used to describe skin that becomes discoloured in one or more region. It can happen to both men and women, across any area of your body. However, if it arises on your face, you may find that it makes you feel self-conscious. As such, if the signs of uneven skin tone are starting to appear, you may want to look at ways to prevent it, as well as ways to reduce it.
From acne scarring through to too much exposure to the sun, there are lots of modifiable and non-modifiable causes of uneven skin tone. Your skin colour may range from blotches of red that represent hyperpigmentation, through to dark patches that are the signs of ageing. While you can’t prevent the signs of ageing from arising altogether, there are ways to reduce uneven skin tone, and you can slow the process down.
The causes of uneven skin tone
As we’ve already mentioned, uneven skin tone forms a natural part of the ageing process. Beneath your skin, you’ll find cells called melanocytes. They’re responsible for producing melanin, which is the hormone that allows you to turn a golden colour when you tan. As you age, your melanocytes are less likely to release the melanin in an orderly pattern. Because of this, some dark patches will appear. They’re more prominent on the hands and face, or any other area that you expose to the sun for long periods.
Other causes of uneven skin tone include:
Spending too much time in the sun
As you may have guessed, spending too much time in the sun causes your skin tone to become discoloured. When you encourage your melanocytes to work harder than they’re used to, they wear out easily, forcing them to lay down melanin in random patches. This is a risk factor that you can modify.
In a few cases, you can experience hyperpigmentation due to ‘melasma’ or ‘chloasma.’ Both of these processes arise when your body undergoes a sudden hormonal change. The most common example is pregnancy, where some women will develop a dark mask across their face that medics affectionately refer to as “the mask of pregnancy.” In most cases, this resolves within a few weeks of giving birth, which is when your hormones begin to settle down.
Discolouration due to acne scarring or a wound
As an inflammatory process, acne has the potential to cause scarring. Scarring becomes more likely if you burst spots or scratch at them, which draws more inflammatory markers to the area so that your skin can heal quickly. The same reaction can occur if you encounter problems such as sunburn or wounding. In the latter case, prominently raised scarring also becomes an issue.
Don’t ignore colour changes that aren’t due to hyperpigmentation
If you notice a new mole, have a birthmark or develop a growth, it’s worth noting that these aren’t cases of hyperpigmentation. As such, you may wish to seek advice from your GP, especially if the mole is new and has irregular borders.
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Can you treat uneven skin tone at home?
There are ways to treat and slow down uneven skin tone at home. Some of them can form a part of your regular skincare regime, while others involve taking dietary measures.
Exfoliate regularlyExfoliate twice a week, but no more. Exfoliating removes the upper layer of dead skin cells from the area you’re tackling, which in turn encourages newer and fresher layers to grow beneath. The layers that then grow have an even tone. At the same time, you’ll increase blood flow to the area, which in turn delivers oxygen, carries away toxins, and provides nutrients.
Protect yourself from UV raysAs we’ve already mentioned, exposure to UV rays plays a prominent role in hyperpigmentation. We recommend using either a sunscreen that has a factor of at least fifteen or choosing a moisturiser with a similar SPF content. At the same time, avoid sunbeds and don’t spend excessive amounts of time sunbathing. Engaging in such practices slows down the age-related hyperpigmentation process.
Add antioxidants to your lifeTo a degree, the pollutants you encounter on a daily basis contribute towards having a dull or uneven skin tone. Whether you live in a rural or urban area, there’s no avoiding them, but living in a city does mean you encounter more than someone who resides in the countryside. As well as cleansing daily, you should eat a variety of fruits and vegetables. By adding antioxidants to your diet, you tackle the free radicals that cause harm to your skin.
Which cosmetic treatments tackle uneven skin tone?
At Rutland Aesthetics, we work to ensure each treatment you receive is safe and appropriate for your skin type. Our most popular treatment for reducing uneven skin tone is the chemical skin peel.
Chemical skin peels
As the name suggests, a chemical skin peel is a treatment that removes a layer of your skin. At Rutland Aesthetics, we achieve this by using medium-level peels.
Your skin features several layers, with the upper two being the epidermis and then the dermis. The first element of the epidermis is dead skin cells, which you can encourage to move away yourself with at-home treatments such as exfoliation. Conditions such as hyperpigmentation, however, permeate a little deeper.
Your chemical skin peel will begin with a consultation with our lead clinician, Dr Dhesi. As a medically qualified Doctor, he possesses the qualifications and acumen required to determine whether a chemical skin peel for uneven skin tone is right for you.
If you are a suitable candidate, your skin peel will be applied at our clinic, and you’ll be able to leave on the same day. The peel will slough away several layers of skin. As a result, your body will initiate its healing processes, which includes drawing more collagen to the area. As the body’s most abundant protein, and one that your skin relies on for strength and an even tone, this will rejuvenate your look and leave you with a more youthful appearance.
Following your procedure, you will likely experience some redness. Your skin will also be more sensitive, so we recommend avoiding strong sunlight, saunas, makeup, alcohol, and strenuous exercise for the periods that our team specifies. Following our aftercare advice ensures you're less likely to encounter an adverse reaction and promotes maximal results.
How Can Rutland Aesthetics Help
At Rutland Aesthetics, our team is lead by Dr Dhesi. As a medically qualified Doctor with 19 years’ experience as a GP and an army medic, he possesses additional training in aesthetic medicine. As such, he can safely assess you and suggest a patient-centred procedure that is bespoke to your needs.
If you are interested in using a chemical skin peel to address your uneven skin tone, contact us today. In addition to serving Rutland, we work with patients from across Oakham, Stamford, Melton Mowbray, Leicester, Grantham and surrounding areas.