How to Get Even Skin Tone
- Posted on: Jun 7 2022
Even if you take good care of your skin, an uneven skin tone is a common concern for many people. Fortunately, our dermatologist-approved tips can help you discover the right skin care products and treatments to help you achieve an improved, even skin tone.
What Causes an Uneven Skin Tone?
There are many reasons why you might develop an uneven skin tone. They range from scarring to rosacea to severe acne:
Sun damage occurs when your skin is frequently exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet rays. To protect your skin from the sun and prevent further damage, your skin responds by producing more melanin, which is the pigment that gives the skin its color. This causes a tan to develop in the short term, but brown spots and uneven skin tone can develop over time because of prolonged sun exposure.
Increased hormone production can also cause an uneven skin tone. Melasma is a type of hyperpigmentation triggered by a hormonal change. If you’re pregnant, taking hormonal birth control, or receiving hormone therapy, you’re at a greater risk of melasma.
Scarring develops after your skin has suffered an injury, and it occurs as part of the natural healing process. Most types of scarring create an uneven skin tone by creating darker skin on the injured area.
Skin Conditions – Acne, Rosacea, and Psoriasis
There are also many skin conditions that can contribute to an uneven skin tone. Acne results in an uneven tone by causing skin inflammation and a bumpy skin texture. Skin redness and flushing caused by rosacea produces an uneven skin tone by weakening and dilating blood vessels under the skin. Psoriasis can also give your skin an uneven tone by causing reddish patches of skin called plaques.
Moles are a common growth on the skin that cause an uneven skin tone. Most moles appear as small, dark brown spots that affect the tone and texture of your skin. Although most moles are harmless, changes in the color or size of a mole may indicate skin cancer.
How to Get Even Skin Tone
Now that you know some of the common causes of an uneven skin tone, follow these tips to help you improve your skin texture and tone:
- Apply a Vitamin C serum daily to fight free radical damage from the sun, reduce the appearance of sun damage, and brighten your complexion.
- Gently exfoliate your skin once a week to remove dead skin cells and reveal smoother, brighter skin.
- Apply a soothing cream containing ceramides to minimize skin redness.
- Skin care products containing niacinamide (vitamin B3) can improve the appearance of red blemishes and improve skin tone.
- Apply a retinol or alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) serum or cream to fade existing dark spots and encourage cell turnover, which helps reveal healthier-looking skin.
- Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 to prevent sun damage and age spots.
We recommend many of our own products at Asarch Dermatology to help support your unique skincare needs.
If you’re not seeing a visible improvement in your skin tone, ask your Asarch dermatologist about these in-office treatments that are designed to help you get an even skin tone:
A chemical peel is a non-invasive, effective treatment for improving the tone and texture of your skin. During treatment, a chemical exfoliant is applied to your skin, which peels away the outermost layer of skin. After a newly rejuvenated layer of skin forms, healthier, smoother, and more evenly toned skin is revealed. Asarch Dermatology provides a variety of chemical peels to meet the unique skin care needs of our patients.
A microdermabrasion treatment uses micro crystals to gently remove the top layer of skin. Treatment stimulates the production of collagen as the damaged outer layer of skin is removed, leaving your skin smoother and more evenly toned. Microdermabrasion is ideal for improving the appearance of scarring, discoloration, and sun damage.
Intense Pulsed Light
Intense pulsed light (IPL) uses light energy to improve the tone and texture of your skin. Since the IPL device delivers more than one wavelength of light, treatment can improve a variety of skin problems that cause an uneven skin tone, including acne, scarring, rosacea, age spots, and sun damage.
CO2RE is a fractional laser treatment designed to rejuvenate your complexion. Treatment stimulates the production of collagen beneath the skin and promotes healthy skin cell development. In just a single treatment, CO2RE dramatically improves the tone and texture of your skin, reducing the appearance of age spots, discoloration, uneven texture, scarring, acne, and sun damage.
If you’re struggling with an uneven skin tone, the skin care experts at Asarch Dermatology are here to help. We can help you identify what is causing your uneven skin tone and explore skin care products or in-office treatments to improve the tone and texture of your skin. Contact us today to schedule your appointment at one of our three convenient locations.