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What Causes Uneven Skin Tone on My Face?

The skin you're in is a marvel of nature. It’s a dynamic organ that reacts to internal and external forces, changing to favour conditions, and constantly repairing itself, all as it undergoes the sequence in a natural process that works to only protect you.

That’s the skin’s biological mechanic, and we need that. But we also need the skin as a cosmetic feature – one that shows off our health, youth and vitality. However, sometimes the mechanical and cosmetic don't mix, and as the skin responds to protect you, sometimes the side effects like blotchiness, redness, age spots, discoloured patches and general unevenness can become an issue.

But what are the influences that cause the skin to react in a way that brings about instances of uneven skin tone. Basically, what causes uneven skin tone? Let’s detail some examples here

Why Do I Have Uneven Skin Tone on my Face?

These are just some of the internal and external causes of uneven skin tone on your face:


Skin conditions like pimples and spots, or some injuries like cuts and scrapes, can cause the skin to become inflamed. As mentioned, the skin has a natural ability to heal – when triggered, melanin, the pigment in all of us that helps protect the skin, is produced in abundance. This often causes the skin to become uneven at the site.

The Sun

The warm sun on your face is a delight, and its life-giving rays can make you feel reinvigorated. But they can also be a little bit of a problem for your skin. Sunlight is one of the leading causes of uneven skin tone on your face, both because of the intensity of the UV rays, and the fact that we’re exposed to it the minute we set foot outside.

Too much time in the sun, without adequate and appropriate protection, will again cause your skin to overproduce that protector, melanin. As it works to safeguard cells affected by UV light, those exposed areas could appear darker, giving you an uneven tone.


Smoke, dust, smog from cities or cars - pollution is everywhere, and it’s mostly invisible. In this modern society, you can't really avoid it, and it’s somewhat of a nuisance for your skin. Pollution is made up of floating particles that can settle on the skin and seep into your pores. Your skin then identifies these as foreign contaminants, which triggers your immune system to enter a defence mode, sending melanin in as its trusty knight. Again, melanin works to protect affected areas, and the process can make your skin appear more uneven.

Certain Foods

Itchy skin That’s right – even the very food we eat can sometimes lead to uneven skin tone conditions like flushed skin, age spots, and even pimples. Reduce or avoid these entirely, for a more even skin tone:

  • Dairy – an irritant, and reactions to it can cause pimples
  • Sugary snacks – evidence has shown a link to foods with high sugar, and the increase of wrinkles and age spots
  • Hot foods – as you relish the heat after a spicy mouthful, your skin goes through phases of cooling that can lead to redness and blotchiness
  • Alcohol – the lead trigger of immediate unevenness, alcohol causes blood vessels to dilate, making you look flushed

Don't let the uneven skin tone triggers in this article worry you, though. Get out there and enjoy the sun, socialise, and eat the foods you want. Just, as you do, remember your skin and the extra work it’s doing. All it needs is a little help, and it’ll return the favour by giving you the clear and even skin tone you deserve.

At The Pond’s Institute we have the uneven skin tone solutions or even a skincare routine for even tone you seek.