Skin is just like the people wearing it. It’s not flawless. In a perfect world, without discolourations, the skin would be perfectly pigmented. But it is not the case. Birthmarks and other pigmentation disorders are present which affect many people. Here we have included some of the most common problems in pigmentation. Never treat for yourself! When you believe you have one of these defects in skin pigmentation, make sure you visit a doctor to get an official diagnosis. SKIN CLUB – Cosmetic Doctors Toorak has some nice tips on this.
This form of abnormal skin colouration may occur at birth, or within a few weeks or months after birth, as might be predicted.
It’s important to remember that although most birthmarks are non-cancerous if your child is born with an abnormally coloured skin or develops birthmarks shortly after birth, your doctor will examine your child. Some of the birthmarks described below can pose health risks.
Most pigmented birthmarks are flat and smooth and can vary from white to tan to blue in colour. There are several types of pigmented birthmarks usually found on the buttocks or lower back, including bluish in colour. Moles should be tested for changes in colour, shape or size, and scratching or bleeding.
Stains of port-wine
Port-wine stains are caused by abnormal blood vessel development and last a lifetime. The port-wine stain occurs on the head, trunk, arms, or legs as a flat, pink, red or purple mark. If you or your child has an eyelid port-wine stain, this is assumed to present an increased risk of glaucoma, an eye disease associated with increased eye pressure that can lead to blindness if not treated. In some medical disorders, including Sturge-Weber Syndrome, port-wine stains may be seen with signs including port-wine stains on the neck, vision problems, convulsions, mental retardation.