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What is hyperpigmentation?

Hyperpigmentation is a common condition where patches of skin become darker in appearance than the surrounding area. Hyperpigmentation creates an uneven skin tone which you may wish to conceal for cosmetic purposes.

What causes hyperpigmentation?

The brownish patches which are present with hyperpigmentation are caused by a hormone induced imbalance of melanin. Melanin is responsible for creating the pigmentation in the skin and when overproduced, it can form deposits under the skin which cause darker patches.

The overproduction of melanin can be triggered by various factors, such as:

  • Age
  • Exposure to the sun
  • As a result of acne
  • A hereditary predisposition

What are the symptoms of hyperpigmentation?

The symptoms of hyperpigmentation are darker patches of skin, typically found on the face, arms and hands. Hyperpigmentation tends to take the appearance of dark brown spots. It is a condition which is typically harmless but if you see the presence of moles then you should contact your doctor immediately.

How do you treat hyperpigmentation?

There are several treatment options available for those experiencing hyperpigmentation. One option is to have a chemical peel or alternatively a laser skin peel. Both treatments can help to improve the appearance of hyperpigmentation although there are potential risks if not properly administered.

You can also conceal or minimise the appearance of hyperpigmentation with makeup. PharmaClinix Lightenex Hand & Foot Intense Cream is an intense skin whitening moisturising lotion which also limits the further effects of the sun.