What is Hyperpigmentation?
Hyperpigmentation are patches of skin that appear darker than the surrounding areas of skin. This happens when certain patches of skin produce more melanin, which is the pigment that gives skin its color. It can cover small patches of skin, large areas of the body, or the entirety of the body.
Types of Hyperpigmentation
1. Melasma: It can be caused by hormonal changes and can develop during pregnancies. It is commonly seen on the abdomen and face.
2. Sunspots: These are also commonly referred to as liver spots. They appear due to excess sun exposure. It is commonly seen on the hands and face.
3. Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation: Hyperpigmentation can also occur due to injuries such as scarring due to acne, burns, or wounds.
Hyperpigmentation is not a serious medical condition and isn’t generally harmful. If you feel like you have concerns, please contact your physician to ask your questions.
Treatment options are available for both mild and severe cases.