Hyperpigmentation

Tina Mathis & Jessica Estes

What is hyperpigmentation?

Hyperpigmentation is a common, usually harmless condition in which patches of skin become darker in color than the normal surrounding skin. This darkening occurs when an excess of melanin, the brown pigment that produces normal skin color, forms deposits in the skin.

How do you prevent hyperpigmentation?

To prevent hyperpigmentation you should avoid too much sun exposure and unnecessary trauma to the skin. You can avoid too much sun exposure by wearing a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and using an umbrella. You can avoid unnecessary trauma to the skin by following basic safety precautions when working with chemicals.

How do you treat hyperpigmentation?

You can treat hyperpigmentation by talking to your skin care physician or dermatologist about treatment options for hyperpigmentation. Other treatments include Laser Resurfacing, Intense Pulsed Light, Bleaching Creams, Hydroxy Acid Peel, and Physician Formulas.

Citations

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