Pigmentation

Hyperpigmentation is caused by an over-production of melanin, the pigment which gives skin its colour.

 

There are three main types of hyperpigmentation:

1. Hormonal changes often developing during pregnancy, melasma pigmentation appears on any area of the body, especially the stomach and face.

 

2. Sunspots are a very common form of pigmentation, which are as a direct result of excessive sun exposure. They appear on areas exposed to the sun, especially the hands and face.

 

3. Finally, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation is the result of an injury to the skin.

 

Topical prescription medicine, skin peels, retinoic acid and lasers can all improve the appearance of dark patches.

 

Products recommended: Dr Barbara Sturm Cleanser, SkinCeuticals Advanced Pigment Corrector, Oskia Renaissance Brightlight Serum

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