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People sometimes see the appearance of brown spots on their face, neck, neckline or hands which they deem unsightly. These spots are often simply due to aging. Although they are harmless, they can still be a bother for several people.
People sometimes see the appearance of brown spots on their face, neck, neckline or hands which they deem unsightly. These spots are often simply due to aging. Although they are harmless, some people still find them unpleasant.
Pigmentation problems affecting the skin are common. Because they have no serious consequences, except for the esthetic aspect, there’s no cause for worry. However, the small unwanted spots have made more than one sigh, especially women, who are more often affected by them than men. However, there are ways of preventing or reducing their appearance.
Hyperpigmentation becomes visible in the areas that are most often exposed to the sun, the hands, face, neck and neckline, for example. The appearance of small brown spots are some of the first signs of aging, with time, the skin is unable to effectively counter the harmful effects of the sun. Again, these are some of the damaging effects of the sun’s UV rays.
Brown spots are indicative of an imbalance of the production of melanin. Melanin is a pigment produced by the skin’s cells, called melanocyte, in response to sun exposure and usually serves to protect the skin and is also responsible for tanning. In the case of hyperpigmentation, there is an overproduction of melanin, which migrates to the surface of the skin where it forms a visible brown spot.
Also called “chloasma”, the pregnancy mask is often found on various parts of the face of pregnant women (forehead, cheeks, upper lip). It is caused by the sun and its effects are increased by the abundant production of hormones during pregnancy. It is also due to this hormonal change that the infamous brown line appears on the belly of future mothers. Therefore, pregnant women have everything to gain by effectively protecting their skin against UV rays throughout their pregnancy.
However, even women who are not pregnant can develop chloasma. This skin problem can also be triggered by taking certain hormones (e.g., contraceptive pills) or it can even develop in men.
The pregnancy mask usually disappears about six months after giving birth. If it persists for a longer period of time, talk to a healthcare professional about it.
Although age, genetics and altered hormones may be partly responsible for the appearance of brown spots, some factors linked to lifestyle can also contribute to an uneven skin tone.
Here are a few tips on how to prevent or eliminate this skin problem:
For glowing skin, talk to your Jean Coutu Group affiliated pharmacist or cosmetician.
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