Mistakes In Treating Hyperpigmentation

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What is Hyperpigmentation? 

Hyperpigmentation is an umbrella term used to define common skin conditions — including post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH), melasma and sun spots — in which patches of skin become darker than the surrounding area. The darkening of the skin results from an excess in melanin — the natural pigment that determines skin, hair and eye colour — and frequently appears on the face, hands and other parts of the body regularly exposed to sunlight.

Types of Hyperpigmentation:

There are several types of hyperpigmentation, the common ones being melasma, sunspots, and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

  • Melasma. Melasma is believed to be caused by hormonal changes and may develop during pregnancy. Areas of hyperpigmentation can appear on any area of the body, but they appear most commonly on the stomach and face.

  • Sunspots. Also called liver spots or solar lentigines, sunspots are common. They’re related to excess sun exposure over time. Generally, they appear as spots on areas exposed to the sun, like the hands and face.
  • Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. This is a result of injury or inflammation to the skin. A common cause of this type is acne.

 Common Mistakes in Treating Hyperpigmentation:

  • Not using sunscreen (regardless of skin colour or skin type)
  • Not treating the underlying causes of hyperpigmentation (hormonal, insulin resistance, inflammation, injury)
  • Not understanding what type of hyperpigmentation you have (PIH, sun damage, melasma)
  • Doing extractions at home that may cause further injury/inflammation
  • Spending too much time in direct sunlight (with or without sunscreen)
  • Experimenting with homemade skincare
  • Not using the correct ingredients
  • Using too many harsh ingredients that my cause inflammation
  • Not understanding your level of sensitivity to active ingredients
  • Not being consistent with your skincare regimen
  • Expecting overnight results


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