Skin pigmentation is an extremely common condition that causes light or dark patches to appear on the skin. While the condition can be a result of changing hormones, pregnancy, or certain medications, the primary cause of skin condition is the sun. OROGOLD takes a look at the impact that the sun can have when it comes to skin pigmentation.

How Does the Sun Cause Skin Pigmentation?
Your skin, your body’s largest organ, consists of three main layers; the epidermis, the dermis and the hypodermis. It is the cells in the epidermis that are responsible for producing melanin, which is the pigment in your skin which gives it its color. When your skin is continuously exposed to the sun, without the level of protection that it actually needs, a signal is sent to your body to produce more melanin, in order to protect it from the sun. Unfortunately, no matter how hard it tries, the body isn’t able to produce enough melanin to give it adequate protection, and this change in melanin production levels causes pigmentation to occur.

How Does the Sun Affect Existing Pigmentation?
If you have skin pigmentation, it is important to limit the amount of sun exposure that your skin is still receiving. Exposure to the sun will cause bright skin to darken, and will increase the amount of pigmentation all over your skin. This can also lead to permanent dark spots, as well as accelerated signs of aging.

What is the Best Way to Protect Myself from Pigmentation Caused by the Sun?
The number one way to protect yourself from skin pigmentation that is caused by the sun is to make sure that you are always wearing a broad spectrum sunscreen, with an SPF of at least 30. OROGOLD also recommends that, if spending time in the sun is unavoidable, you find a way to remind yourself to reapply your sunscreen every hour. Don’t forget that sunscreen needs to be worn every single day of the year, even during those cloudy winter days, as 70% of the sun’s UV rays can still penetrate through even the thickest of clouds.

Slowing Down Melanin Production
Once your melanin production levels have become faulty, your body will be producing an increased amount of melanin, and this is something that you will need to stop in order to overcome the pigmentation. There are many topical lotions and gels that contain ingredients that are effective at inhibiting melanin production. Prescription retinoids can also be used to help reverse the damage that the sun has caused to your skin, thereby speeding up the process of eliminating your pigmentation.

Nobody is immune to skin pigmentation, no matter what your skin color may be. Since the sun is the primary cause of this, as well as of other skin conditions, OROGOLD urges you to ensure that your skin is always protected from the sun, as chronic unprotected sun exposure can lead to many permanent issues.

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