International Skin Pigmentation Day Date in the current year: May 25, 2024

International Skin Pigmentation Day International Skin Pigmentation Day is observed annually on May 25. It was created to raise awareness of hyperpigmentation and educate the general public on its causes and the methods of alleviating skin pigmentation conditions.

The color of human skin is determined by its content of melanin, a natural pigment produced by specialized cells called melanocytes. Ideally, the distribution of the pigment in the skin should be even, but in reality most people are affected by uneven pigmentation of some sort that can occur for various reasons, including hyperpigmentation.

Hyperpigmentation is the darkening of an area (or areas) of skin caused by increased melanin levels. It can develop due to hormonal changes, sun exposure, skin injuries or inflammation, age, certain diseases or medications, and exposure to certain chemicals. Hyperpigmentation is not dangerous per se, but it can be a symptom of some serious disorders.

The treatment of hyperpigmentation usually involves the treatment of the underlying condition, if there is one, and the use of topical treatments that inhibit the production of melanin by melanocytes. There are many skin lightening agents; some are prescription-only in many countries due to their possible side effects, and others are available without prescription in over-the-counter ointments and skincare products.

The most common prescription skin lightening agents are azelaic acid, hydroquinone, and kojic acid. Popular ingredients found in cosmetic products designed to brighten the skin include niacinamide (vitamin B3), ascorbic acid (vitamin C), retinoids, glycolic acid, lactic acid, malic acid, licorice root extract, arbutin (or bearberry extract, which is a natural source of arbutin), and paper mulberry extract.

Some types of hyperpigmentation can be treated using lasers. They include melasma (skin discoloration common in pregnant women, as well as those who are taking hormonal contraceptives or undergoing hormone replacement therapy) and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation such as post-acne dark spots.

International Skin Pigmentation Day was launched in 2020 by Lullage. Lullage, also known as Bella Aurora in Europe and Asia, is a skincare brand known for its skin lightening products that help combat hyperpigmentation of various origins. The inaugural celebration of International Skin Pigmentation Day was held in Spain; since then, it has spread to 24 countries. In 2022, the day coincided with Lullage’s launch in the United States.

There are many ways to observe International Skin Pigmentation Day. You can learn more about the many causes of hyperpigmentation, schedule an appointment with your dermatologist for a check-up, help fight the prejudice and stigma surrounding skin pigmentation, take a pledge to always apply sunscreen before going outside, buy that expensive skin lightening products that you’ve been eyeing for quite some time, and spread the word about the holiday on social media using the hashtags #InternationalSkinPigmentationDay and #SkinPigmentationDay.

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