Hyperpigmentation is one of the many skin conditions out there which many people don’t know about. It has a number of causes, and although it’s not particularly harmful, it can be upsetting to have it for many men and women.
What is it?
Hyperpigmentation is a condition wherein the melanin in your body (the hormone which controls the color of your skin) increases and shows up as darkened patches on the skin’s surface. The increased production of melanin can be caused by many things.
What Causes it?
A range of skin conditions can cause hyperpigmentation including inflammation (eczema etc.), sun damage, acne and so on. It can also be due to a genetic skin condition, medication, exposure to chemicals, trauma, a change in the hormones e.g. pregnancy or during the menstrual cycle, and it can even affect smokers.
What are the Treatments?
Although sometimes the condition has been known to go away on its own, there are other treatments that you can use to lighten the skin and reverse the effects of hyperpigmentation:
Using a high SPF sun block is the best way of preventing further skin damage. Keep the areas that have been affected by the hyperpigmentation covered if possible,and even when the symptoms appear to wear off, still maintain a good sun protection routine so that the problem doesn’t occur again.
Topical treatments such as creams and lotions are popular forms of hyperpigmentation treatments, and they have proven very effective in the past. Containing abrasive ingredients, they can be applied to the darkened areas of skin and then they will penetrate the dark pigment and make it lighter.
Treating the cause of the problem is the most important part of hyperpigmentation. When you have discovered what has caused the increase in melanin in the first place, you will be able to get a diagnosis and then get a prescription. Laser treatment is also often recommended for hyperpigmentation, and this can have a fast effect on the pigmented areas of skin.
Scrubs, masks, and other lotions can all be used at home as part of a good skin care routine. If you want to make your own skin lightening lotions, there is a range of vegetables that you can and apply to your skin so that the vitamin E can nourish the area and get to work with lightening the dark pigmentation.
Although makeup isn’t a physical cure as such, it can be a great way of making you feel better about yourself. Camouflage makeup which is designed specifically for covering up dark patches of skin such as birthmarks, moles or hyperpigmentation can be applied as often as you want and it is a lot longer lasting than standard makeup.