Hyperpigmentation is a common condition in which patches of skin become darker in color. This darkening occurs when an excess of melanin forms deposits in the skin. Hyperpigmentation can affect the skin of any race.
Age or "liver" spots are a common form of hyperpigmentation. They occur due to sun damage, and are referred to as solar lentigines. They are usually found on the hands and face or other areas frequently exposed to the sun.
Melasma or chloasma spots are similar in appearance to age spots but are larger areas of darkened skin that appear as a result of hormonal changes. Pregnancy can trigger overproduction of melanin that causes the "mask of pregnancy" on the face and darkened skin on the abdomen and other areas. Birth control pills may also cause hyperpigmentation because they trigger similar kind of hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy.
Outside causes of hyperpigmentation:
- Skin inflammation such as acne
- Skin injuries
- Skin surgeries
- Certain medications
- Acutane and Retin-A
- Asge Spots
- Sun Effect
What Dr. Fam can do for you:
- pecial chemical peel with pure non-buffered acids
- pecial Laser
- iomani TheraFade serum