6 Common Culprits of Uneven Complexion

Jan 10, 2024
6 Common Culprits of Uneven Complexion
Few of us are blessed with a smooth, flawless complexion. Fortunately, some treatments can help — but the first step is figuring out what’s behind your uneven skin tone. Here are six possible causes.

Blotchy skin, redness, and dark spots can detract from your complexion and make you feel less confident, too. Knowing what’s causing your uneven skin tone can help us find a solution that works for you.

As a leading provider of cosmetic skin treatments for patients in Portage, Michigan, Southwest Michigan Dermatology offers an array of treatments to fade hyperpigmentation and even out a blotchy skin tone in our Laser and Skin Care Center. If your skin tone isn’t as smooth and consistent as you’d like, here are six possible causes and a handful of treatments that can help.

1. Too much sun

Your skin has a love-hate relationship with the sun. Some sun can be healthy for your skin and overall wellness, helping your body produce vitamin D, which is essential for your health. But even a little too much sun can increase your risk of skin cancer and cause other problems, too.

The sun’s UV rays increase the production of pigment or melanin as part of a protective response. Over time, repeated exposure can lead to hyperpigmentation and dark areas, more commonly known as age spots and sun spots. Tanning beds can cause the same type of damage.

2. Hormonal fluctuations

Hormones, especially the hormone estrogen, can affect skin coloration, too. Pregnancy, birth control products, and the hormonal decline that occurs during menopause can all result in uneven skin tone. Some hormonal changes cause dark patches called melasma. 

3. Skin injuries

Many skin injuries trigger changes in your skin’s pigment, especially injuries that trigger inflammation. Cuts, burns, infections, and other types of trauma can all leave darker areas behind. This type of unevenness is sometimes referred to as postinflammatory hyperpigmentation.

4. Acne

Most people know acne can cause skin redness during breakouts. But acne’s inflammatory nature means you can be left with redness and dark spots long after a breakout has subsided. Scars can cause uneven tone, too.

5. Other skin conditions

Acne isn’t the only skin condition that can leave you with skin tone problems. Eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea can leave redness behind, too.

6. Aging

As we get older, we also risk cumulative damage to our skin. Years of sun and environmental exposures, illnesses, hormonal fluctuations, and medication use combine to cause discoloration and uneven skin tone. Age also causes skin to dry out, increasing the risk of red, flaky patches.

Enjoy a more radiant complexion

Our team understands how an uneven complexion can affect how you look and feel, too. We offer several solutions to help refresh and rejuvenate your skin tone for a more even complexion that looks radiant and healthy.


Microneedling uses a special device studded with tiny needles to create controlled injuries in your skin. These injuries spur healing responses to replace damaged, hyperpigmented skin with healthy, new skin.


DiamondGlow uses microdermabrasion to exfoliate and remove dull, damaged layers of skin, revealing fresher, smoother skin and a more consistent skin tone. Following exfoliation, we apply serums to support skin health and prevent “patchiness” from recurring.

Light treatment

Intense pulsed light (IPL) is a state-of-the-art treatment that uses the power of light to create tiny micro-injuries in the skin’s superficial layers. These injuries promote skin turnover, rejuvenating, and “smoothing out” your complexion.

Chemical peels

Chemical peels rely on special solutions to gently lift the top layers of your skin, eliminating damaged cells that make your skin tone look uneven, dull, and listless. Peels are available in varying strengths. Our team can help you select a peel that’s right for you.

Don’t let your uneven skin tone make you feel self-conscious. We have treatments that can help. To learn more, call 269-321-7546 or request an appointment online at Southwest Michigan Dermatology today.