Skin discoloration and hyperpigmentation can look like other more serious skin conditions and make you feel self-conscious about your skin. Types of skin discoloration include:
- Hyperpigmentation (Uneven Skin Tone): patches of skin that are darker than the normal skin tone.
- Birthmark: mark on the skin that is darker than the rest of the skin and was present at birth.
- Sun Spots: brown or black spots of varying sizes on areas of the skin often exposed to the sun.
- Melasma: tan or dark dislocation that is most often seen on the faces of pregnant women.
Treatment for Sun Spots & Brown Spots
Chemical Peels: A series of chemical peels can be used to treat brown spots and melasma. We use different types of chemical peels to achieve different depths of treatment, which will depend on an analysis of your skin type and treatment goals.
Laser Treatment: For certain types of skin discoloration, we use a Fraxel laser treatment that vaporizes and removes sun-damaged collagen, resulting in the visible reduction of brown spots and discoloration. This treatment is ideal for lighter skin tones.
What Causes Sun Spots & Skin Discoloration?
Causes for Sun Spots
Also known as liver spots or age spots, sun spots are caused by exposure to UV radiation, which causes pigmented skin cells to multiply. This type of skin discoloration is most often seen in older people with fair skin tones.
Causes for Melasma
Melasma is typically caused by hormonal changes in women. Birth control pills, pregnancy, and hormone therapy are known triggers. However, stress, thyroid disease, and sun exposure are also known to cause melasma.
Causes for Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation
This type of skin discoloration results from inflammation or injury to the skin, such as those caused by eczema, acne, or physical trauma.
Schedule an Appointment for Sun Spot & Skin Discoloration Treatment
If you are struggling with confidence or worry due to discoloration of your skin, visit the skincare experts at Brentwood Dermatology in Brentwood, Tennessee. Our skilled dermatologists and staff will help you determine the best treatment option.
Request your appointment online or give us a call at 615-377-3448 to schedule an appointment at a time that’s convenient.