Pigment is a substance that can be found in the tissue or cells of any living organism and provides color. It’s what makes up human skin tones and is typically the result of genetics. Melanin determines what color that skin will be; for example, those with darker skin produce more melanin. Those with less melanin will have lighter skin since the bluish-white connective tissue underneath the skin is more visible.
Unfortunately, the human skin doesn’t always cooperate, and as we age, the pigment of our skin can become damaged. Skin pigment will darken after too much time in the sun, causing sun and age spots. As time passes, the skin is also more prone to scarring as lack of collagen makes it more difficult to heal. Whether scars develop from skin trauma or acne marks, it will change the amount of melanin in that area of the skin, causing the pigment to be different from the natural skin tone.
Fortunately, none of this has to be permanent. Laser skin rejuvenation is currently the best method to correct skin tone and alter skin pigment color. Doctors use lasers to target these imperfections and the damaged skin cells that cause them to appear on the skin’s surface. The body then forms new, healthy skin cells that eliminate the appearance of these acne marks, scars, sun spots, and more.