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I have a 'pigment' on my face - what does that mean?



Happy New Year and we welcome 2019 with glowing skin all year round!


By the way, have you ever heard of that saying 'Love the skin you are in'? Often it is hard to agree and embrace how your skin looks and feels but what if we said you can continue to improve your skin? And we are here to help ;)



It is summer here in Australia and we love getting out there relaxing in the sunshine enjoying a few bevs and a tan! However, we tend to forget how harsh the Australian sun can be, and by the end of summer did you ever notice all these brown spots or pigment spots and wondered what they were?


They are called pigmentation and to be honest it can only go two ways, a friend or foe because you will either don’t mind their presence or hate them with a passion!

Pigmentation is the result of excess melanin deposits in the skin by melanocyte cells which are cells that are responsible for producing melanin pigments and are stored in melanosomes. Melanocytes have an arm like shape that extends to transfer melanosomes into the keratinocytes.


Secondly, there are different types of pigmentation and can be induced from many different or a combination of co-factors such as sun induced, hormonal, and skin injury. That’s why your skin acts as the first line of defence by producing pigmentation.


The differences you need to know.


Epidermal pigmentation

Freckles are clustered brown spots that appear generally anywhere on the body but when it’s on the face it’s mainly across the cheeks and over the nose. Some people actually like their freckles and with the recent trend some people are even getting freckles tattooed on their face, what are your thoughts on it? Freckles are harmless, they appear darker during the warmer months and vice versa in cooler months.

Sun spots

Similar to freckling, sun spots are shades of brown spots that sit quite superficially on the skin. They commonly appear on the cheeks, nose, forehand, décolletage and back of the hands. It occurs due to elevated pigment cell production to protect the skin from sun exposure and compared to freckles, they don’t fade or increase in colour from seasonal changes.


Dermal pigmentation

Melasma/Chloasma

Referred to as the ‘pregnancy mask’, this type of pigmentation is stimulated by fluctuations in hormones. It can appear across the forehead, cheeks and upper lip giving a ‘butterfly effect’ appearance. Melasma can be considered one of the most difficult type of pigmentation to treat due to the pigment cells generally being distributed unevenly in the layers of the skin known as mixed melasma and to all the mothers and mothers to be out there, you know exactly what we’re talking about!

Post inflammatory pigmentation is the result of damaged skin causing discolouration. The pigmentation released acts like a protective shield or umbrella against the trauma that was attained. When you compare it to the normal skin structure, post inflammatory pigmentation skin is damaged with leaks of melanin deposits in the skin with some being visible to the naked eye while some may not.


Want to read more? Click Here which will take you to our skin concern page for further information on pigmentations.


If you are interested in our skincare and unsure which one to use, you can shoot us an email on info@nakaskin.com.au or private message us on social media. Alternately, try out whitening mask pack for a brighter complexion this summer!


Bye for now,


NAKA xx


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