Hyperpigmentation causes patches of skin to become darker than the surrounding skin. It occurs when excess melanin, the pigment that gives the skin its colour. It can affect any skin type and is more likely during pregnancy, older age, or after an injury. There are 3 main types of hyperpigmentation:
- Age Spots
- Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation
Hyperpigmentation is harmless and requires no treatment, however, if you prefer to remove it there are various methods that may help.
Also known as Chloasma or pregnancy mask. Large patches of darkened skin often found on the forehead, face and stomach. Can affect pregnant women or women taking a birth control medication.
Also known as liver pots or solar lentingines. Not affecting only ‘aged’ people. Brown, tan or black spots that appear on the skin due to over exposure of the sun. Most commonly found on the hands, face, arms or areas exposed to sun.
Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation
This can appear anywhere on the face or body after an inflammatory skin condition or injury. Examples could be: eczema, acne, rash/allergy. Sun exposure to this area will make the hyperpigmentation more pronounced.
To prevent hyperpigmentation you are best to use SPF 50+ daily on all areas that have sun exposure. Even when the sun isn’t out we are still exposed.
Reducing hyperpigmentation can be achieved by a number of methods at Skinfit. We have a range of skincare products such as Vitamin C, niacinamide and retinol as well as our professional peel treatments and IPL. We strongly advise a skin journey with your skin therapist to determine the best treatment program to reduce your hyperpigmentation.