• What Are The Causes Of Hyperpigmentation?

    Many of our patients at DeSpain Cayce Dermatology Center and Medical Spa have hyperpigmentation without realizing it. Not only are they unaware of the issue, but they often don’t know exactly what it is.

    Hyperpigmentation is the darkening of an area of the skin. Melanin is a pigment in all of our bodies that determines the color of our skin. When this pigment is overproduced, hyperpigmentation occurs. While this condition can appear nearly anywhere on the body, the most common appear where the sun hits the skin most frequently: on the face, neck, and back of the hands. What are the causes of these stubborn spots? There are various triggers, including: overexposure to the sun, hormonal changes such as pregnancy, certain medications, and even heredity. Though relatively harmless, these stubborn spots can be quite frustrating. However with the correct products and treatments, you can protect yourself as well as correct pigmentation that is already present. Because prolonged time in the sun can raise your chances of developing this condition, it is strongly recommended to wear a broad spectrum physical sunscreen of 30 or higher every day. It’s important to be mindful that discoloration is also dead surface cells, so exfoliating your skin 1-2 times a week can help to slough off some of the pigmented build-up.

    There are several key ingredients to look for in skin care products to help treat hyperpigmentation, such as alpha hydroxy acids, which chemically exfoliate the skin, and Kojic Acid and Vitamin C, which are natural brightening agents. One way to prevent the discoloration from occurring and lighten areas that are already present is to visit an Esthetician. This can help determine the main cause of your hyperpigmentation and start you on an customized plan based on your specific needs.

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