Brown spots

Check out our expert advice to better understand the origins and manifestations of skin pigmentation problems.

Submitted on 20/07/2012

Understanding hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation manifests itself by the appearance of numerous and extensive brown spots, generally concentrated on parts of the body exposed to the sun: face, neck, back, etc. Often considered unsightly, these spots can have several causes.

Brown spots and ageing

The appearance of small brown spots on your hands, face or décolleté area is one of the first signs of skin ageing: the skin has become tired and can no longer respond properly to the aggressions of the sun.

Pregnancy mask

Hormonal upheavals during pregnancy often cause pigmentation disorders: expectant mothers thus see their face marked with brown spots known as the "pregnancy mask".

Brown spots and the sun

If the skin is exposed to the sun too frequently it becomes unable to manage the harmful effects of UV rays: small brown spots called "lentigos" begin to appear as evidence of a disruption in the production of melanin.

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