What is Hyperpigmentation?
Understand the science behind pigmentation and get answers to many questions about the problem. Don’t let hyper-pigmentation, dark circles, uneven skin tone or any other blemishes take away your radiance!
What is Melanin?
Melanin is a group of natural pigments that are primarily attributable for the color of the skin. These pigments are produced in a special group of cells called Melanocytes that are located in the bottom layer of the skin’s epidermis.
What triggers Hyperpigmentation?
Hyperpigmentation can be triggered by a number of factors such as injuries, inflammation, reactions to UV rays, acne and abnormal skin cell growths. Regardless of the underlying cause, the condition is treatable with the right approach and products.
What is the science behind Hyperpigmentation?
Hyperpigmentation develops when the Melanocytes produce more melanin than required for healthy skin. Although melanin is essential to protect the skin from the harmful effects of UV rays, its overproduction, due to any reason, leads to Hyperpigmentation.
What are the types of Hyperpigmentation?
Broadly classifying, there are four types of hyperpigmentation:
Freckles : Also called “ephelides”, freckles is the most common type of hyperpigmentation that mostly affects people with fair complexion and is often attributable to hereditary factors. The patches get darker during summer when the sun is in all its glory, and get lighter as winter sets in.
Lentigines : Also called “liver spots” or “sun spots”, lentigines is another type of hyperpigmentation that is caused by excessive UV exposure. Commonly affecting the face and back of hands, lentigines usually develops during middle age and can increase with time.
Melasma : Commonly affecting expecting mothers and those on contraceptive pills, Melasma is another type of hyperpigmentation caused by increase in hormonal levels. The condition can worsen due to various factors such as UV exposure and stress.
Post-Inflammatory : Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, as the name suggests, can be the after effect of any type of skin inflammation that might be caused by acne, medicines and harsh skin treatments such as dermabrasion, laser and chemical peeling.
What can be done to treat Hyperpigmentation?
Treating hyperpigmentation requires a regular skincare regime complemented by the right products that are especially engineered to treat the problem at the root. Be careful not to fall for generic cosmetics and fairness products that can do more harm than good.
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