Hyperpigmentation is a skin problem that affects a large number of people and is one of the most common skin problems that people want to address.
Hyperpigmentation occurs when there are pigment changes in the skin as can be seen when people get freckles on the face and spots on other parts of the body that are most likely to appear on the hands and the chest.
There are two main causes for hyperpigmentation with the most obvious one being over exposure and subsequent damage from the sun.
The face, hands and often the upper areas of the chest are generally those areas of the skin that get the most exposure to the sun and this is why you will see the incidence of hyperpigmentation in those places more often that other places on the body.
Even the sun streaming through the windscreen of the car you drive can be sufficient to cause these changes in the skin pigment.
Another main cause of hyperpigmentation is due to hormonal changes in the body.
The biggest causes of these hormonal changes in women are pregnancy and birth control pills.
Many people have the misconception that melasma, which is pigmentation caused by the sun, is simply age spots.
Certain skin bleaching agents can assist in reducing the impact of these spots but like most things associated with the condition of your skin, covering up in the sun is the best solution to ensure that you don’t get these spots in the first place.
If you do have hyperpigmentation then exposure to the sun will only make the condition worse.
While hyperpigmentation that has resulted from hormonal changes is a lot more difficult to cure than that caused by the sun, over time with the correct use of quality skin bleaching products the ‘spots’ can fade quite significantly.
Laser treatment is also an effective solution for assisting with the reduction of hyperpigmentation.