Condition: Pigmentation

Condition: Pigmentation

What is Pigmentation?

The color of the skin is referred to as pigmentation. Changes in the color of your skin are caused by skin pigmentation disorders. Melanin is a pigment that is produced by skin cells and is responsible for the color of your skin.

Your skin will darken if your body produces too much melanin. Pregnancy, Addison’s illness, and excessive sun exposure can all darken your skin. Your skin will become lighter if your body produces too little melanin. Vitiligo is a skin disease that creates bright spots. Albinism is a skin disease caused by a hereditary mutation.

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Causes of Pigmentation

Sun exposure
To protect the skin from prolonged sun exposure, the body generates more melanin. This might result in age spots or sunspots, which are dark spots or patches on the skin.

Skin inflammation
After patients have experienced skin inflammation, their skin might darken in some areas. Acne, eczema, lupus, or a skin injury are examples of this. Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation is more common in those with darker skin.

When people’s hormones shift, darker patches of skin might appear. During pregnancy, this form of hyperpigmentation is rather frequent.

Reactions to drug use
Antimalarial medicines and tricyclic antidepressants, for example, can induce hyperpigmentation. Patches of skin may become gray in certain situations.


At Este Medical, we offer a range of expert quality, proven acne treatments for a variety of acne conditions.

Your Este Medical skincare specialist will be able to advise you as to which acne treatment will be best for you. We understand that acne is often much more than just a skin problem, as the surrounding psychological factors that come into play when a person is dealing with acne can often become just as big – if not bigger – than the actual acne itself.

Este Medical’s Director, Sam, went through this himself so understands how low it can make you feel. If you’re looking to change things and get help with your acne or acne scarring, get in touch with us today and begin your skin and confidence transformation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Acne can be caused by a number of factors. Acne can be hereditary, it can be hormonal, and it can be caused by a testosterone increase during puberty. It is also possible for acne to be caused by certain medications, some makeup products, and even wearing items of clothing or accessories that place pressure on a specific area of the skin – wearing a headband for instance.

Smoking is also said to cause acne in older people. Whatever the underlying reasons as to why you have acne, it all results in one thing – hair follicles becoming blocked by sebum from surrounding sebaceous glands, and dead skin cells. These plugged hair follicles can either turn into whiteheads or blackheads, and if the (usually) harmless bacteria that lives on our skin then infects the follicles, you can even experience cysts, papules, nodules or pustules. None of which are any fun for the person having to deal with them.

Our skincare experts take time to get to know and understand your acne concerns and issues, and only then will they make an informed decision as to which acne treatment is the best for you. That could be:

  • lightfusion™ Light Therapy
  • Skin Peels
  • Pixel Laser Resurfacing

You do not need to stop wearing makeup if you have acne. However, you should wear makeup that is non-comedogenic. This means that it doesn’t block the pores.

Not necessarily. As mentioned above, acne can be caused by a number of triggers, and however much you clean your face it’s not going to affect how crazy your hormones are being. Sometimes, cleaning your face too much can even contribute to acne as it can aggravate spots.

Furthermore, using alcohol-based cleansers can dry your skin out and this isn’t a good thing as far as acne is concerned. Despite what you may think, and even if you feel like you have excessively oily skin, it’s still important to use a moisturiser – just make sure you opt for a non-comedogenic one.

Everyone is different, but acne – more often than not – does eventually go away. For many, it’s puberty that can kick things off and acne often settles down when puberty does. However, acne can sometimes persist into your adult years.

That said, our skincare specialists have worked with many clients who wanted their acne to disappear and felt like they had tried everything. As you will see from our success stories and testimonials, we have had hugely positive and effective results.

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