Hyperpigmentation is the result from overproduction of melanin in the epidermis or dermis; this is usually triggered by inflammation, sun exposure, hormonal influences or age.
It’s easy to identify if you have hyperpigmentation. These are usually characterized by patches/areas of darkened skin anywhere on the body, depending on the type of hyperpigmentation.
There are 3 main types of hyperpigmentation. These are –
Sun/Age spots – Triggered by sun exposure. These are usually small dark brown/dark spots on areas on the body usually exposed to the sun such as face, neck, hands and arms.
Melasma – These are usually large patches/areas on the skin (usually the face); triggered by fluctuating hormone levels such as pregnancy and oral contraceptives.
PIH (Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation) – Most notably, the most common form of pigmentation. PIH is triggered by inflammation. Inflammation from skin conditions/injuries such as acne, atopic/contact dermatitis and burns/injuries to the surface of the skin. These result in areas of discoloration left behind by the injury after it heals.
Multiple approaches should always be adopted when treating hyperpigmentation.
Protecting the skin from sun exposure and daily application of SPF is a must when treating hyperpigmentation! Re-application is advised if sun exposure is unavoidable. Try wearing hats, sunglasses and other protective clothing that may help limit sun exposure.
Avoid picking scabs, spots and any form of skin injury to try and prevent/make your pigmentation worse.
Heat can also exacerbate hyperpigmentation, so limit/avoid anything that can cause excess heat to the surface of the skin.
Effective topical treatments with actives targeted at blocking the melanogenesis process at several levels should be incorporated into your daily routine.
Products to incorporate –
- Brightening serums
- Vitamin A based products
- Vitamin C based products
- Exfoliating serums
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