What is Hyperpigmentation?

Hyperpigmentation, sun spots, dark spots – find out what causes this discolouration of the skin and what you can do about it.

Hyperpigmentation is a discolouration of the skin caused by excess melanin, which results in dark spots and patches on the skin. It often crops up on areas most exposed to the sun, like your hands and face, and can appear anything from light brown in colour to black. Hyperpigmentation may look like small brown spots, or may cover a larger area. You might know it as age spots, sun spots, dark spots or melasma.

CAUSES OF HYPERPIGMENTATION

When skin is exposed to damage, melanin is produced to help protect it. This excess melanin can look like a tan, or it may appear in patches and spots. Most hyperpigmentation is caused by sun exposure, which is why it usually appears on the hands and face. Darker skin tones are more prone to hyperpigmentation. It can also occur as the result of medical issues, like a change in hormones, or damage to the skin like acne and inflammation.

HOW TO ADDRESS HYPERPIGMENTATION

If you’re suffering from any kind of hyperpigmentation, sun protection is your best friend. Since sun exposure is the main cause, SPF protection will help protect against further hyperpigmentation. Choose skincare products with ingredients that can help brighten the appearance of skin, like vitamin C. It’s really important to use products regularly to see results, so build a routine and stick to it.

HOW TO PROTECT YOUR SKIN FROM THE SUN

Protecting your skin from the harmful effects of the sun is the most important steps to help reduce future hyperpigmentation. Choose a high level of protection and apply it regularly, even if you’re going to be indoors a lot. Have a read of our expert advice about staying safe in the sun, and the best way to protect your skin.

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Discover our expert tips for glowing skin here, with a recommended routine of skin-brightening products to give your skin a new lease of life. Our illuminating skincare products can help reveal brighter looking, even skin that appears visibly more luminous.

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