Even Skin Tone

Written by Rachel Arieff
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Even skin tone is a trait that some people are blessed with, and some not. In between are the people who used to have even skin tone but, for whatever reason, have seen their skin change. This can be due to poor diet, hormonal changes such as pregnancy, not drinking enough water, side effects from medications, or abuse of alcohol or drugs. Cellulite is a common change in skin tone, from smooth to bumpy, that most women encounter during adolescence.

Environmental factors can also affect change skin tone. Extreme changes in temperature can affect skin tone, causing it to look prematurely aged. Air pollution, both outdoors and in, can also have an impact on skin tone. For example, people who work in smoky bars or clubs often pay the price in secondhand smoke damage not just to their respiratory system, but also to their skin.

What Skin Tone Tells You

Your skin is an amazing organ. It not only contains your body, shielding it from the outside world, but it also broadcasts, often loudly and clearly, what is going on with your body's overall health. For example, a pallid skin warns of possible iron deficiency or lung trouble. Jaundiced skin tells you there's something wrong with your liver. Bluish skin is a sign of poor circulation, and uneven skin tone can be a sign of sun damage, hormonal fluctuations, excessive dryness, or just the consequences of acne scarring.

If you suffer from uneven skin tone and you're not sure what's causing it, get your doctor's opinion. If you have a physical condition that's causing the problem, it needs to be treated. In the meantime, skin tone can be improved by many of today's lotions and creams, especially those containing alpha-hydroxy acids or retinol, which slough off dead skin to even out skin tone. In addition, special creams and lotions are designed to smooth out the skin in cellulite-plagued areas.

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