Common Questions About Hyperpigmentation
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What is hyperpigmentation?
Hyperpigmentation is a skin condition in which areas of the skin become darker than the surrounding skin. Age spots, also known as “liver” spots, are a common form of hyperpigmentation found on the hands, face or other sun-exposed areas of the skin.
What causes hyperpigmentation?
Sun exposure is another leading cause of hyperpigmentation. Melanin in the skin absorbs the ultraviolet rays from the sun to protect the skin from overexposure. When this occurs, freckles and other darkened areas may appear. Broad spectrum sunscreen can help prevent skin damage and hyperpigmentation caused by sun exposure.
Hormonal changes, especially in women, can cause melasma or chloasma spots. Pregnancy, birth control pills and menopause can lead to an overproduction of melanin, resulting in darkened skin on the face and abdomen.
What are some traditional treatments for hyperpigmentation?
IPL Photofacial treatment uses pulsed light to penetrate the skin. Collagen and blood vessels constrict beneath the skin to tighten skin, reducing redness and lines. The procedure lasts for about 30 minutes and the benefits typically appear gradually.