There are many reasons why you have brown spots on your skin. It may seem like simple brown spot but those spots have their own meaning and it’s very important to find what is causing them.

There are a large variety of brown spots, but the most common ones are:

  • Melasma
  • Lentigos
  • Seborrheic keratosis

I would like to stop here in order to identify another group “Moles”. Moles are benign skin tumours, even though people consider moles as a type of spot, therefore moles should only be treated by dermatologists.
It is important to consult a dermatological clinic or an aesthetic medicine clinic to find out the type of brown spots you have plus the exact factors that causes it. The good news is there are many ways to help you get rid of those unwanted brown spots.
Today we are going to talk about melasma, you may have heard about it .
Melasma is a chronic skin disease, characterized by spots that can be light or dark brown, with irregular edges, that appear mainly in the central portion of the face, but that, in certain cases, can cover almost its entire surface.

These types of spots are more common in women, but men can also have them. Melasma is caused by an hypersensitivity to sunlight, and it is very important to know that melasma is not only due to intense and radiant sunlight, but also to the sunlight that every day filters through windows or on cloudy days.
It has also been confirmed in recent years that heat also causes its appearance, as well as the exposure to artificial white light.

The melanocytes (cells responsible for the skin pigmentation) produce colour in an exaggerated and disorganized way, when the skin is exposed to light. At the beginning, this colour is in the dermis and as time goes by, it goes to the deeper layers of the skin.
Who suffers from melasma? It is common for pregnant women to suffer from melasma due to changing hormonal conditions that increase their sensitivity to the sun. However, melasma is not a disease exclusive to pregnant women. Any man or woman could suffer from it. Mixed races and Asians are more prone to have melasma. Hereditary factors are also very important. It is for this reason that if our parents had or have melasma then we need to act now to prevent it from appearing on our skin.

Hope this information is useful for you, next blog we are going to talk about lentigines and seborrheic keratosis, In the meantime send me a message if you have any questions.

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