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Hyperpigmentation: What Causes It and How Do I Treat It?

Are you noticing some unexplained discoloration on your skin? There’s a solid chance you might have what’s known as hyperpigmentation. It’s not as scary as it sounds, don’t worry. There are treatment methods!

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What is Hyperpigmentation?

Hyperpigmentation is the result of the overproduction of melanin. This overproduction results in dark patches on the skin. This is what you’re likely seeing and why you’re questioning if you have this skin condition. The dark patches can appear anywhere on the skin but are most often found on the cheeks, chin, and under the eyes.

Types of hyperpigmentation

Most people aren’t aware that there are actually a few types of hyperpigmentation. The most common
types however are:
  • Melasma
  • Sunspots
  • Post-inflammatory
Let’s go over each of these!
Melasma: Most often found in women, Melasma is common during significant hormonal imbalances such as ones during pregnancy. The result is dark patches most commonly found on the face but can be found on other areas such as the stomach, arms, or thighs.
Sunspots: Sunspots are the result of the sun damage. They are often what happens when you don’t put on sunscreen, don’t wear enough sunscreen, or tan too often for your skin to recover.

Ways to avoid hyperpigmentation

Your best bet for avoiding permanent and serious hyperpigmentation is by visiting a dermatologist regularly so they can check on the status of your skin. However, in-between visits, it’s important to take care of your skin via:
  • A healthy diet
  • Using sunscreen
  • Having a high-quality skincare routine
  • Receiving facials


Treatment for hyperpigmentation varies based on the underlying cause of the skin condition. You should speak with a dermatologist first before you make any significant changes to your daily routine. A dermatologist can tell you whether what you are experiencing is something serious or if it can be managed and treated with something as simple as a better skincare routine. The most common treatment methods for hyperpigmentation include:
  • Laser skin treatment
  • Chemical peels
  • Diet changes
  • Medications
  • Updated skincare routine
Whether the reason for your hyperpigmentation is serious or mild, you should consult a dermatologist before making changes to your lifestyle. They can tell you what kind of changes are necessary! Consult your dermatologist today!


Hyperpigmentation: What Causes It and How Do I Treat It?



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