Tired of Discolored Skin? Know The Causes — And Solutions

Discolored SkinDiscolored skin can be more than just a cosmetic concern: It often impacts our self-esteem and confidence in daily life. 

From dark spots to light patches, various factors can lead to skin discoloration. But what causes these issues? And equally important: How can they be addressed through cosmetic procedures? 

It’s important to understand the common causes of skin discoloration (also called hyperpigmentation). Once you know the specific cause of your issue, you can start exploring solutions from Advanced Dermatology and Laser Institute for restoring your skin’s natural pigment.

Causes of Discolored Skin

Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation

After healing from an injury, acne, or skin conditions like eczema, you might notice a darker spot on your skin. Known as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH), these dark spots can take time to fade. Using broad-spectrum sunscreens with SPF 30 and avoiding sun exposure can help reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation.


Commonly found on the face but also on the forearms and neck, Melasma causes dark patches of pigment. It’s prevalent in Latinas as well as women of African or Asian descent and involves factors like genetics, pregnancy, and some medications. Once again, sun protection measures like hats and sunglasses can help to reduce the appearance of Melasma. 

Medication-Induced Discoloration

Certain medications for conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease can cause skin discoloration, especially in people of African or Latino descent. If you notice such symptoms, consult the doctor who first prescribed the medication.

Solutions to Discolored Skin

Treatments for discolored skin range from prescription medicines and chemical peels to laser therapy and medical-grade facials. 

At Advanced Dermatology and Laser Institute of Seattle, the practice’s specialists offer a variety of treatments designed to restore your natural skin color. In addition, the daily application of moisturizer and sunscreen can help in alleviating Pityriasis Alba, a condition common in children that causes round, light patches covered with white scales.

Schedule a Consultation Today 

If you’re concerned about discolored skin or dark spots, it’s time to consult the experts. Led by Dr. Steven Greene, the Advanced Dermatology and Laser Institute has over 25 years of experience in treating skin conditions. 

Contact Advanced Dermatology and Laser Institute at (206) 402-4797 to schedule your consultation today in Seattle, WA.