Pigment is a natural coloring matter (melanin) that is found in the tissues of animals, plants and people. It colors your hair, the iris of your eye and to your skin. The pigment protects your skin against the UV radiation that is in sunlight. If you spend a long time in the sun, the skin produces more pigment, so you are better protected. A pleasant side-effect is the color that you get from it.
Too much sun exposure is never healthy: an overdose of UV radiation increases the risk of skin cancer and your skin ages faster. In addition, the cells that produce pigment can ‘get confused’ and you get pigment accumulations (hyperpigmentation): dark spots on your skin.
There are different forms:
Age spots (the official name is lentigo) are common: most middle aged people have one or more of these brown spots on the skin. These pigmentation spots mainly occur in places that are often in the sun, such as the backs of the hands and the face. They are also called sunspots or liver spots. Age spots are almost always benign: treatment is mainly because it is disfiguring. Sometimes an age spot becomes malicious: the stain is no longer uniform in color, but erraticly pigmented. Go to the doctor if a spot changes or gives symptoms.
It is good not to wait until pigment spots have arisen, but to pay attention to the health of your skin early: sun damage is ‘stored in the skin’: damage sustained in youth can cause problems later in life.
A condition that is sometimes confused with age spots is purpura senilis. These are also dark spots that mainly occur in older people, but they are not caused by an excess of pigment. They are small dermatitis that develop because the skin becomes less elastic with age.
Another form of excessive pigmentation is the pregnancy mask (other names are melasma or chloasma). These are dark spots in the face and sometimes the neck. In dark women, they are often slightly lighter in color than the surrounding skin. It mainly occurs in pregnant women, hence the name. They are caused by the pregnancy hormones. The spots are harmless and usually disappear gradually after delivery. However, women who had it once have a somewhat greater chance of being affected by a subsequent pregnancy. It is also more likely to develop one again during pill use.
If you have a pregnancy mask, do not lie in the sun. You will then no longer become evenly brown, but the pigment will accumulate in the spots, which will therefore become worse. Protect your face with a sunscreen with a high protection factor up to a month or three after your pregnancy. You can camouflage the spots with make-up so that they are less noticeable. There are also special cosmetic creams whose stains can become less noticeable
Other pigment disorders
Too much pigment in the skin can also occur with:
Addison’s disease (a hormone disorder of the adrenal glands)
hemosiderosis (a condition where your body absorbs too much iron)
use of the contraceptive pill (if you are sensitive to the effect of the hormones contained in it). If you use the pill you can get a “pregnancy mask”. Use good UV protection. Once you have had a maternity mask, you are more likely to get one again.
Too little pigment
There are also conditions in which you have too little pigment instead of too much (depigmentation). Vitiligo is an example of this, there are light spots in the skin. If the body can not produce pigment at all, we speak of albinism.
Treatment price Regenerating & Depigmentation peel
Depending on the skin type we advise, in consultation with the client, this treatment method. This treatment method can consist of different combinations:
1 Treatment: €80,-
A combination of of 6 treatments: €400,-