Brown Patches on Skin: Causes and Treatments

There are different reasons for brown patches on the skin. Melasma can be caused by hormonal changes, such as pregnancy, which can trigger the body to produce extra melanin. Some women even develop a pregnancy “mask” that will clear up after delivery. Age spots or “liver” spots often happens as a result of old age. Brown patches on the skin are also known as hyperpigmentation because they are colored spots. This can show up on the face due to discoloration from acne scarring. Make sure that you are following a proper skincare regimen including cleansing and moisturizing two times a day once in the morning and once at night. Sometimes the discoloration can be caused by sun damage.

Milia

Small bumps on face are hard deposits on the face, that can be caused from trapped protein or keratin under the skin they are white in color, and usually, a pimple shows up on the face as small bumps on face. Most often milia are found on newborns, but it can affect people of all different ages. Steam treatments can help open the pores and extract it.

Acne

This condition is mainly genetic, but while it may be unavoidable, it can be very bothersome and sometimes painful. It occurs with clogged pores and can appear as raised bumps, which can be white, red or yellowish in color. A pimple can be small or large, and it can appear as a cluster, for example, covering the entire forehead or it can bump that are scattered on different areas of the face. People who have oily may be more prone to it than others. It is the 8th most common disease worldwide and affects people of all races, cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds. There are many over the counter options to help treat acne, some can help lessen the appearance of the face, but it may not take it away completely. There are also treatments that have to be prescribed by a doctor.

Allergic Reactions

Allergic reactions may be visible and can show up as swollen, red, scaly, patchy or itchy with bumps. There may be symptoms of being allergic to something that you ate or something that was applied topically. One way to treat a mild allergic reaction is to take Benadryl. If the allergic reaction is more severe you may need to go to the ER right away or call 911. If you are known for experiencing anaphylactic shock, you should carry an EpiPen with you at all times.

In the above article we touched on just a few of the causes of discoloration, there are many other reasons, that are more temporary in nature, such as sunburn. Some other reasons for discoloration can be from freckles or birthmarks. Many people that have freckles, don’t have a problem with them, because they look very cute with them. Consulting a doctor can be the best way to go about address issues. These issues can be stressful, so if you have had enough of trying to deal with it on your own, consult a professional.