What Is Hyperpigmentation?

June 30, 2010

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Melasma is a form of hyperpigmentation. Before hyperpigmentation might be discussed, we must first delve into the meaning of the word “pigmentation”. Simply speaking, a person’s skin color is his skin pigmentation. The body produces a substance called melanin through its skin cells. If one’s epidermis has more melanin in their skin, it will also be proportionally darker. Your skin’s pigmentation will heavily depend on your racial origins and the length of exposure to the sunlight that you have. Because of these aspects in determining skin color, the colors of individuals’ skins vary from one person to the next.

When we talk about hyperpigmentation, we are referring to the darkening of a portion of one’s epidermis that involves the over production of melanin. Because of hyperpigmentation, darker spots that do not match the surrounding areas will commonly appear on the skin. Hyperpigmentation has been found to be primarily caused by damage from excessive sun exposure, skin inflammation, or other injuries on the skin. There are numerous examples of diseases or conditions that are associated with hyperpigmentation. These include haemochromatosis, Tinea fungal infections, porphyria, Addison’s disease, Cushing’s disease, Celiac disease, Cronkite-Canada syndrome, acanthosis nigricans, Peutz-Jeghers syndrome, melanosis, melasma, and linea nigra. Hyperpigmentation is more well-know when seen as freckles, liver spots, sun spots, as well as age spots. There are even some chemicals that are known to cause hyperpigmentation such as salicylic acid, cisplatin, as well as bleomycin. People of Asian, African and Mediterranean descent are considered as the most at risk to hyperpigmentation. Bring exposed to too much sun’s rays will make them even more susceptible.

One’s appearance can be really affected by hyperpigmentation. Beauty nowadays is judged by physical appearance, so hyperpigmentation can be a problem if you wish to look attractive. Having a good complexion is considered as a must when it comes to good looks. Hyperpigmentation makes this hard to accomplish. The affected parts of hyperpigmentation are usually the most noticeable and visible ones. To name a few parts, these are the neck, face, scalp, nape, hands and forearms. A lot of people are ashamed to show the unsightly dark spots of skin. To hide them, individuals will usually wear long clothes or wear cosmetics. Fortunately, there are now many ways wherein one can alleviate hyperpigmentation. For this purpose, numerous individuals use skin lightening products. Skin lightening products may contain any of the following substances: tretinoin (Retinol), azelaic acid, licorice extract, kojic acid, topical glucocorticoids, alpha hydroxy acids, ascorbic acid, and hydroquinone.

Hyperpigmentation makes the skin unattractive, even if it is typically harmless. Numerous individuals wish for their hyperpigmentation to disappear because the affected parts are noticeably darker than their real skin tone. A solution might be found by applying pigmentation creams prescribed by doctors. However, all will be pointless if the afflicted individual still goes out under the sun.

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