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Hereditary Pigmentation

Hereditary Pigmentation

Pigmentation can really affect the skin negatively and in rare cases can also be a symptom of underlying health conditions, but most commonly it appears on women and is caused by sun exposure ( sun spots), aging (age spots & liver spots) or a hormonal imbalance (melasma, chloasma & pregnancy mask). Research had been conducted to determine if this skin condition can lead to cancer. But nothing had been discovered to link the two of them together. Despite the fact that the skin condition can’t lead to cancer, it can really disfigure the skin and make the person having it look older than his or her real age. Are you suffering from this skin condition? Then it is certain that you will be willing to get rid of it as soon as possible.  In case you have never heard of hereditary pigmentation, read on to discover a better insight into what it really means.

What does it mean?

Hereditary pigmentation is the type that is inherited from relations & ancestors. It is then passed across from generation to generation. In this kind of situation, any pigment that had appeared on the parents can actually appear on the children and the situation goes on and on from generation to generation. One thing about hereditary pigmentation is that it can affect both the male and the female. It can also be found on any part of the body. Inheriting this skin condition is usually an excess of pigment in this skin which we refer to as hyperpigmentation, but there are also skin conditions involving a lack of pigmentation which is called hypopigmentation.

When does it start?

It is true that the hereditary pigmentation gene is passed from parents to the offspring, but the pigment in the skin does not tend to show up on the skin at a younger age. No child has ever been reported to be suffering from hereditary pigmentation, with the exception of birthmarks. The pigment has been known to appear on the skin from the age of twenty five upwards. Some individuals may however be lucky and the hereditary pigments will not appear on them until they have grown as old as 35 years of age. There are also some very rare cases in which the skin condition comes up far earlier than has been mentioned. Some offspring can also be especially fortunate not to ever have the pigmentation at all on their skin all through their life time, there is no way of predicting if you will develop it or not.


When the hereditary pigmentation occurs on the skin, it comes up in the form of follicular pigmentation.  After it had appeared on a spot, it tends to spread to other parts of the skin. The pigmentation can also coalesce to form various patches of different sizes. It is only very few individuals among the offspring that are fortunate enough not to develop the skin condition.

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