Pigmentation problems

Feeling happy with your skin and being the best version of you can help boost your confidence and self-worth. You want your skin to look good for you, not to please anyone else.

Some common skin issues relate to pigmentation. Dr Gribbin can treat these with a tailored approach.

Types of pigmentation problems

Pigmentation is the colouring of your skin. This is mainly controlled by melanin. 

If your skin produces too much melanin, you may have hyperpigmentation – too much pigmentation. This results in freckles and patches of darker skin, sometimes called liver spots. 

Hyperpigmentation in specific areas can be due to inflammation. Acne, burns, friction or aggressive skin treatments can be a factor.

Certain diseases and reactions to medication can also cause changes to skin pigmentation.

Melasma, also called ‘chloasma’ and ‘pregnancy mask’, means darker than normal patches of skin on your cheeks, forehead, upper lip, nose and chin. Melasma is more common in women, especially during pregnancy. Sun exposure and the oral contraceptive pill can also cause these patches to become more pronounced.

Hypopigmentation happens where there is a lack of melanin. Albinism is when you have no melanin. Vitiligo means melanin is lacking in certain skin patches.  

Treatments for pigmentation problems

There are different treatments available to help – depending on the cause, symptoms and how extensive your skin changes are. 

Dr Gribbin will start with an in-depth consultation where she will examine and assess your skin. She’ll invest time in finding out more about you, your life and your medical history.

From there, she can put together a tailored treatment plan to suit your needs – a thorough consultation prepares the path for better results.