Skin Discoloration

Smooth skin texture and even skin tone go hand in hand. You can't really show off one without the other. Every woman desires a naturally blushing and even skin tone.

Age spots, freckles, birthmarks, moles, pregnancy mask and scars are all culprits under the skin discoloration umbrella. When these blemishes occur, the skin color around those areas becomes either lighter or darker than its natural color.

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Normally, skin coloration is determined by the amount of pigment in the skin, as well as how much blood runs underneath it. Most times, people who don't have a healthy supply of oxygen in their blood tend to take on a bluish discoloration called "cyanosis". Noticeable cyanosis can also be a side effect of heart disease or lung disease. The bluish hue not only touches the cheeks, but also the nose, ears and lips, under the fingernails, on the legs, feet - basically affecting the skin on the entire body.

In addition, white patches of skin can appear due to infections or loss of skin pigmentation. White skin can affect the skin around whiteheads (or halo nevus) and recovered skin after serious scarring or injury. On the other side, sunburns, moles and melasma (another name for pregnancy mask) can darken the skin's color. Severe skin discolorations can be the symptoms of certain skin disorders such as vitiligo and hypo-pigmentation.

One of the most common treatments for balancing skin discoloration is prescription skin lighteners. Laser therapy is also available for patients willing to take more drastic means.

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