Understanding Skin Discoloration

Skin discoloration occurs when melanin, the pigment that gives skin its color, is overproduced or unevenly distributed. Various factors can trigger this imbalance, including sun exposure, hormonal changes, genetic factors, inflammation, and certain skin injuries. Knowing the underlying causes of skin discoloration can inform more effective treatment and prevention strategies.

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How We Can Help

At Sherman Aesthetic Center, we approach skin health holistically, emphasizing what we term “skin fitness.” Similar to maintaining your physical health through diet and exercise, achieving vibrant skin involves tailored care and specialized treatments. If you're grappling with skin discoloration, we encourage you to schedule a consultation to speak with our Nashville skin experts. Our team is ready to devise a personalized skin fitness plan that addresses pigmentation issues and enhances your skin’s overall health.

Common Causes of Skin Discoloration

Sun Exposure

UV rays can increase melanin production, leading to sunspots or exacerbated melasma.

Hormonal Influences

Conditions like pregnancy or the use of hormonal birth control can lead to melasma, characterized by darkened patches of skin.


Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation can occur when a skin injury or irritation leads to dark spots after the area heals.


As we age, pigment cells can increase in certain areas, leading to age spots, especially in sun-exposed areas.

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Skincare Ingredients That Target Discoloration

Effective skincare ingredients that target discoloration include the following:

  • Vitamin C: Known for its brightening properties and ability to reduce the appearance of dark spots
  • Hydroquinone: A powerful bleaching agent that can correct hyperpigmentation
  • Retinoids: Help in cell turnover, which can fade dark spots and improve skin texture
  • Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs): Promote exfoliation, helping to remove pigmented skin cells and reveal fresher skin underneath

Our skincare specialists at Sherman Aesthetic Center can guide you in selecting the right products to even out your skin tone and prevent further discoloration.

Managing Skin Discoloration

A proactive and comprehensive approach is essential to effectively manage and treat skin discoloration. Consider some of the following care practices:

  • Protect your skin from the sun by using broad-spectrum SPF daily.
  • Incorporate topical treatments that brighten the skin and reduce the appearance of spots.
  • Consider professional treatments like a chemical peel or microdermabrasion, which can be effective in dealing with stubborn pigmentation issues.

During your personalized skin consultation at Sherman Aesthetic Center, our medical aesthetic professionals will assess your specific skin type and the nature of your discoloration. With this detailed understanding, we can tailor a skincare strategy that optimally addresses your particular concerns. This custom-tailored approach ensures you receive the most effective treatments and product recommendations to achieve a clearer, more even-toned complexion. Our goal is to provide you with a customized care plan that not only treats existing skin discoloration but also prevents future issues, enhancing your skin's health and appearance.

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Why Choose Sherman Aesthetic Center?

The Sherman Aesthetic Center team, led by Dr. Deborah Sherman and Dr. Mark Melson, brings decades of combined expertise in treating numerous skin conditions, including discoloration. We ensure our patients receive the gold standard of care using advanced, state-of-the-art technologies and innovative treatments. Our dedicated team will work with you to create a skincare regimen that addresses skin discoloration and promotes a healthy, glowing complexion. Start with a complimentary skin care consultation, where we will design a personalized regimen to restore your skin’s natural beauty and confidence. If you are struggling with skin discoloration, contact us today to learn how our personalized skincare program can help you achieve and maintain a clear, even complexion.

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