In most cases, signs of skin pigmentation ( abnormal colour ) are without consequence.
Nonetheless, when brown marks appear, it is important to consult a doctor, in order to get an exact diagnosis.
Apart from naevi ( beauty spots ), pigmented lesions might be :
Commonly known as ‘age spots’, these appear between the age of 30 and 40 on areas most exposed to the sun: the face, forearms, the back of the hands, the décolletage and shoulders.
– Hyper (over) pigmentation
This can appear during pregnancy (known as melasma or pregnancy mask), on scars or following a wound, or an operation; they can appear anywhere on the body.
– Marks resulting from fungal infection