Uneven Skin Tone


treat uneven skin tone at Spa PhoenixThis week Heidi Lavan, our esteemed Master Esthetician from Spa Phoenix, discusses facial hyper pigmentation problems, how to treat them, and how to prevent them from coming back.

Uneven Skin Tone – Causes

Taking care of your skin can be a challenge when it’s marred by dark spots of hyperpigmentation. Dark patches can surface on anyone’s skin. Overproduction and irregular deposition of melanin, the pigment that gives skin its color, causes uneven skin tones. The big three causes of uneven skin tone are sun damage, hormones, and trauma.

Sun Damage

One of the primary functions of melanin production in your skin is to protect you from UV rays from the sun. A suntan results from your body’s melanin response to the sun. With repeated sun exposure, pigmentation is produced irregularly leading to uneven skin tones.


Melasma, commonly known as pregnancy mask,  causes your face to appear as if you’re wearing a dark, blotchy veil. It’s generally the result of the combination of hormone fluctuations from birth control or pregnancy, and sun exposure.


If your skin undergoes any trauma, including cuts, scrapes, or bruises, the affected area can become discolored because the body increases pigment production in an injured area, referred to as post inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Uneven skin tone can also be caused by irritation from shaving or waxing.

Uneven Skin Tone – Treatment

An easy to follow treatment regimen will help diminish the appearance of brown spots and uneven skin tone. Exfoliate – Use a gentle exfoliating scrub, like Skin Amnesty Exfoliating Face Mask. Removing thickened layers of dead skin cells will not only make the skin smoother, but will also diminish uneven skin tones. Repair – Products containing Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Soy Proteins, and Aloe, like the Skin Amnesty Restore Protect Serum can reduce inflammation and sun damage, resulting in lighter brighter skin. Professional Help – Utilize the services of a Master Esthetician to select a professional peel program to accelerate the process, such as the Phoenix Peel, the Amnesty Peel, and the Phoenix X Peel.

Uneven Skin Tone – Prevention

Start with sun protection. A broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher will help maintain an even skin tone because it will prevent sunlight from triggering more melanin production. Small changes in your habits can also help, especially in preventing more trauma to the skin. If you have problems such as acne, cuts, or bruises, it’s best to keep your hands away. Don’t rub, don’t touch, don’t scratch, don’t pick. Following these simple measures will make uneven skin tone ancient history!

About Dr. Matt Galumbeck

With over 20 years of clinical experience and having performed over 5,000 cosmetic surgery procedures, Dr. Matthew Galumbeck has the experience and skills to deliver outstanding cosmetic surgery outcomes.

A native of Virginia Beach, Matthew Galumbeck, MD received his undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary, and his medical degree from Duke University. He trained in general surgery at Case Western Reserve University, and in plastic surgery at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Further study includes advanced training in body contouring in Paris.

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