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What is pigmentation?

Pigmentation refers to the colour of your skin depending on the amount of melanin present.

There are two types of melanin present in each person of varying degrees. The amount of either is what determines a person’s natural skin colour.

  1. Eumelanin (known as real melanin) comes in black or dark brown. These are often found in people with matte skin and are known to have better protection against UV rays.
  2. Pheomelanin (known as red or redhead melanin) is most commonly present in people with fair skin or red hair. This melanin does not protect against UV rays.

Skin pigmentation disorders can occur when excessive amounts of melanin are produced, commonly known as hyperpigmentation. This can result in dark spots, patches or discolouration of your skin.

Hyperpigmentation is not a harmful condition and typically only causes you to have an uneven skin tone, but it is always best to consult your doctor should you have any concerns or if it seems to be getting worse.

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Common causes of pigmentation in SIngapore

Pigmentation is the result of increased melanin production that can be caused by both external and internal factors.

External factors include:

  • Injury to the skin
  • Allergies
  • Medication
  • Exposure to the sun or UV rays

Internal factors include:

  • Hormonal fluctuations
  • Hereditary / Family history
  • Disease
  • Pregnancy

What are the common symptoms for pigmentation in Singapore?

Symptoms of pigmentation typically appear as patches that come up your face, most noticeable on your cheeks, nose and forehead. These can appear in varying sizes or even on other parts of your body. If you have started to notice any forms of discolouration or uneven skin tone, you may discuss these concerns with your healthcare provider for a better understanding of what could be causing this and if there are any underlying medical conditions.

How pigmentation is treated in Singapore

At Regen Aesthetics, pigmentation can be treated with the M22™ procedure. Designed to treat any skin type, texture and over 30 skin conditions of any age, M22™ allows you access to one of the most advanced skincare procedures to treat skin pigmentation.

The M22™ can be used in combination with other facial treatments, if applicable, for your desired results. It is important to discuss your concerns and desired results with your healthcare provider before undergoing any procedures.

FAQS ABOUT pigmentation

Frequently Asked Questions
01. Does pigmentation go away?
Pigmentation can go away once the cause of it is stopped, however, it can take time to fade. Spots that are a few shades darker than your natural skin colour can take up to 6 to 12 months to fade, and lighter shades can take a shorter time. If it lies deep within your skin, it can take years for pigmentation to fade naturally.
02. When should I worry about pigmentation?
Pigmentation and skin discolouration are often harmless and should not be a cause for concern. You should speak with your doctor if you do notice sudden changes in your skin colour or if the discolouration is spreading and seem to be getting worse.
03. How long can pigmentation last?
Depending on the severity of the pigmentation (how deep it is within the skin or how dark of a shade it is), it can take anywhere between 6 to 12 months for it to fully fade. Even with treatment, it may take a long time before your skin will return to normal. Always discuss any concerns you have with your doctor before undergoing any treatment to prevent it from getting worse.
04. Why is my pigmentation getting worse?
Pigmentation can be triggered by sun exposure, hormonal changes or trauma to the skin. Picking at your skin can cause spots to get darker over time. Certain products such as face creams can also cause irritation to the skin, leading to worsening pigmentation or more spots appearing.


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