WHAT IS HYPERPIGMENTATION?
If you start to notice spots appearing on your skin, don’t panic immediately.
When patches of skin become darker in color than the normal surrounding skin color, as in the case of age or “liver spots,” it is because of a common, usually harmless condition known as hyper pigmentation.
Hyper pigmentation is the effect of an increase in melanin, the substance in the body that is responsible for color.
Melanin absorbs the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays in order to protect the skin from overexposure, but in doing so, it can cause:
- Age spots
- Other darkened skin patches to become even darker and more pronounced
CAUSES OF HYPERPIGMENTATION
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SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
Hormonal imbalances, scarring and acne, prescription drugs and of course sunlight can cause hyper pigmentation. But what is hyper pigmentation? Hyper pigmentation can be
Described simply as dark spots on your skin that happen when your skin produces more melanin (melanin gives your skin its color).
There are different types of hyper pigmentation. One type of hyper pigmentation is known as melasma. Melasma reveals itself as dark patches on the skin – usually the face – and pregnant women usually experience this type of hyper pigmentation. The most common type of hyper pigmentation is age or liver spots, which appear due to the sun’s radiation. When you have acne or scarring, your skin produces more melanin in the healing process and this can result in post inflammatory hyper pigmentation.
The following article from Avvo.com gives an outline of the causes and symptoms of hyper pigmentation, how you can identify hyper pigmentation and what kinds of treatments are available for hyper pigmentation.