Hyperpigmentation is a condition that causes the skin to darken. It can occur in small patches. And it can cover large areas or affect the entire body. This condition usually isn’t harmful, but it can be a symptom of another medical condition.
There are several types of hyperpigmentation:
- Melasma is believed to be caused by hormonal changes and develops during pregnancy or menopause. Areas of hyperpigmentation can appear on any area of the body. They appear most commonly on the abdomen and face.
- Sunspots, or solar lentigines, are common. They’re related to excess sun exposure over time. Generally, they appear as spots of hyperpigmentation on areas exposed to the sun, like the hands and face.
- Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation is a result of an injury to the skin.
Darkened areas of the skin are the only symptoms of hyperpigmentation.
Patches can be various sizes and can develop anywhere on the body.Sun exposure can increase melanin production. Greater exposure to the sun increases the risk of developing hyperpigmentation. Another common cause is an excess production of melanin.
Melanin is a pigment that gives skin its color and it is produced by skin cells called melanocytes. Several different conditions or factors can alter the production of melanin in the body.
Certain medications also, some chemotherapy drugs can cause hyperpigmentation as a side effect,
We offer a host of treatments which can fight pigmentation.