What Causes Uneven Skin Tone and How to Get Rid of It

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Due to the constant exposure to the sun, among many other factors, most of us get an uneven skin tone, where one side is paler or darker than the other side. It can be very annoying, especially if these happened near the face or on the face area. You would have to cover it with thick layers of makeup, making your skin quality look poor. Uneven skin tone is also a sign that you do not take care of your skin as keenly as the other parts of your body. It would be best to focus on taking care of your skin since this is the first thing people see in you. Thus, your skin tone should be your priority for the evening out, and uneven skin tone should be on your blocklist. This article will discuss why we get uneven skin and tips and tricks on how to get rid of it to get that flawless shine we all deserve.

Causes of Uneven skin tone

It is essential to know that no one is spared from having uneven skin tone. Everyone has it, no matter how much time you spend under the sun or how diligent you take your skincare routine seriously. Also, It is caused by sun exposure, but other factors also contribute to this. Lastly, It is also paired with rough skin texture.


Hyperpigmentation is a condition where dark patches or spots appear on different parts of the body due to excessive melanin. It is also caused by a lack of skin hydration when it comes to unbalanced skin texture. When you have too much melanin on your skin, it can be caused by either smoking, exposure to the sun, injuries done to the skin, or an illness where too much melanin can be a symptom of the said disease. Hyperpigmentation causes your skin to have uneven tones, which can cause distress to you, especially if you see it near your face or somewhere visible to others.

Hormonal Changes

This problem also happens when you are experiencing hormonal changes in your body. This usually happens to pregnant women since they are the ones who always experience drastic hormonal changes in their bodies. Melasma often occurs with increased levels of hormones such as estrogen and progesterone.


As we age, uneven skin tone is a given as we discover many flaws on our skin, such as wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots.

Prolonged Sun Exposure

When you spend too much time under the sun without wearing sunscreen or any form of sun protection for your skin, it causes uneven skin tone, age spots, wrinkles, and fine lines. Too much melanin also causes brown spots to appear on your skin as your body produces more melanin to protect your skin from the harsh UV rays.


We all know that the air quality is not as clean as before, with pollution happening everywhere. Those particles and different gasses from air pollution caused by traffic can enter your skin and give you brown spots, especially on the face.

Other Causes

There are also other known causes of uneven skin tone aside from those mentioned above. Those causes include excessive alcohol drinking, too much spicy food intake, lack of sleep, and genetics.

How to Treat Uneven Skin Tone

Now that we know the different causes of having uneven skin tone, it is essential to understand how to eliminate it as effectively as possible. There are several ways to treat uneven skin tone, all of which have varying degrees of success. However, we must also know how to prevent uneven skin tone from happening in the first place.

Preventing Uneven Skin Tone

You must know how to prevent uneven skin tone from happening because it will help you lessen your worries in the first place. When you know how to prevent them from happening, you will have lesser things to think about.

Use Sun Protection

One of the main reasons is prolonged sun exposure without any protection from the harsh UV rays. What you need to do is, of course, wear protection by applying sunscreen with a high level of SPF to make sure that your skin is protected from beginning to end. You can ask your dermatologist for sunscreen recommendations since they know what the best ones are for you.

Avoid Sun Exposure

If spending time under the sun is unavoidable, then we must avoid a lot of sun exposure. We can do that by wearing hats or caps, especially with wide brims, to protect our face and neck. You can also use an umbrella when walking outside to protect your arms and body from the harsh UV rays. These small things will give us significant results, especially if we also keep on wearing sunscreen.

Treatments for Uneven Skin Tone

It is also advisable to get treatments from your dermatologist for skin tone. These treatments are very beneficial to those who have uneven skin tone, and many people have recommended these to others who are also suffering the same dilemma as theirs. Some available treatments for Uneven skin tone include chemical peels, laser therapies, intense pulsed light treatments, and microdermabrasion procedures. These are known to produce significant improvements, evening out the skin tone professionally without any hassles. You must ask your dermatologist what treatment would fit your needs, budget, and time. Then they will propose a treatment plan suitable for your needs.

Our Takeaway

Many factors contribute to uneven skin tone. Fortunately, there are also ways to prevent it from happening, which are pretty easy to do. It takes sun protection, a good skincare routine, and treatments from the experts to treat and prevent uneven skin tone from ruining your day. That’s why Nuance Aesthetics offers solutions for uneven skin tone and other skin imperfections, aiming to give everyone a reason to love their skin even more. With their top-quality procedures, you are assured of having flawless and youthful-looking skin, regardless of your age. With Nuance Aesthetics, you are always at the top of your game.


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Jackson Rhudy, MD

Owner/Medical Director

Dr. Jackson Rhudy is a board-certified physician who has been practicing in Salt Lake since 1974. After an initial career in emergency medicine, he developed an interest in the new technologies emerging in the field of aesthetics utilizing non-surgical techniques such as lasers, Botox, and injectable fillers. He sought training from leading experts in the aesthetic field at multiple locations in the US and Europe and in 2000 he founded an aesthetic practice called Light Touch Laser Skin Care Center. It rapidly became a leading aesthetic practice in the Salt Lake City area. In 2010, he sold the practice and focused on his other endeavor, Optimum Clinical Research– a private research site that performs clinical trials on new pharmaceutical drugs. But continuing demand from former aesthetic patients led to the formation of a new aesthetic practice in July 2015. Reuniting with a former colleague, Jill Miller, they started Nuance Aesthetics—a practice devoted to providing excellence in the field of non-surgical aesthetics by offering experience and expertise with the utmost integrity. Dr. Rhudy maintains his board certification in emergency medicine and is the only physician in Salt Lake City who is board certified in laser surgery.

When Dr Rhudy isn’t in the office, he loves riding his bike up City Creek. He has always had a passion for learning and growing in the medical field which is why he spends a lot of free time researching the latest treatments and technology that keeps Nuance ahead of the curve. 

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