Hyperpigmentation & How to Help this Condition
What causes hyperpigmentation?
- This condition can be caused by sun damage, inflammation or other skin injuries including those related to acne.
- People with darker skin tones are more prone to hyperpigmentation, especially with excessive sun exposure.
- Many forms of hyperpigmentation are caused by an excess production of melanin – the pigment that gives skin its color.
- Certain medications can cause hyperpigmentation including chemotherapy drugs.
- Pregnancy changes hormone levels – and these changes can affect melanin production in some women.
- Endocrine diseases, like Addison’s disease, disrupt hormone levels and can increase melanin production. Excessive sun exposure can also cause an increase in melanin.
While this condition is not usually harmful, it can be a symptom of another medical condition.
Different types of hyperpigmentation
There are several and these include:
- Melasma is believed to be caused by hormonal changes and develops during pregnancy. While areas of hyperpigmentation can appear on any area of the body, they are most common on the abdomen and face.
- Sunspots, which are also called liver spots or solar lentigines, are common and related to excess sun exposure over time, mostly appearing on exposed areas such as the hands and the face.
- Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation is a result of an injury to the skin.
How is this condition diagnosed?
A dermatologist can diagnose hyperpigmentation, taking your medical history and giving you a physical exam to determine the cause. In some cases, a skin biopsy can rule out any underlying cause..
How is hyperpigmentation prevented?
While it is not always possible to prevent hyperpigmentation, keeping the face (especially) out of the sun by wearing a wide brimmed hat is good advice. In addition, avoiding certain medications may also prevent hyperpigmentation.
How is this condition treated?
Hyperpigmentation is not harmful and usually isn’t a sign of a serious medical condition. In some cases, darkened areas of the skin fade on their own. In others, the dark spots fade with treatment.
Topical prescription medication can treat some cases of hyperpigmentation. Such medication usually contains hydroquinone which bleaches skin. Utilizing retinoic acid also assists with lightening dark spots of the skin. Both of these medications can take a few months to lighten darkened areas.
There are many over-the-counter age spot creams, dark spot serums and liver spot treatments available today – with many containing potentially harmful additives and chemicals.
A safer and more gentle way is with our own H-Age Spots Formula. There are no chemicals or synthetic substances in our natural formula. Our breakthrough product works to diminish the appearance of age spots quickly by evening out skin tone and working to fade those dark spots. H-Age Spots Formula is formulated in a GMP Facility (good manufacturing practices) using the highest quality homeopathic ingredients and natural essential oils extracted from plants. This allows for deep penetration and assists in balancing skin tone to get a more even tone without the use of harmful additives or chemicals.