Hyperpigmentation is any darkening of the skin, caused by overproduction of melanin, a protective pigment in the skin. Hyperpigmentation often occurs after sun exposure, where the melanocytes (cells which produce melanin) are overactive. Similarly, hereditary factors may give individuals a predisposition to developing hyperpigmentation and certain ethnicities such as Asian, Mediterranean and African are particularly affected.
What are examples of hyper pigmentation?
Any darkening of the skin is classified as hyperpigmentation; including dark under eye circles, acne scarring, freckles, and age spots. Melasma, which is more extensive darkening of the skin on the face, can be caused by pregnancy hormone changes. As part of May melanoma awareness month, we recommend that any skin changes should be assessed by your GP or dermatologist.
What are the causes of hyperpigmentation?
- Inherited predisposition
- repeated sun exposure
- inflammation following acne
- hormonal changes
- certain medications
Can hyperpigmentation be prevented/treated?
Sun exposure and sun damage can be prevented by wearing a daily high factor, broad spectrum sun screen. We recommend ZO skin health range, as it fortifies the skin’s natural defence system against sun damage. If you suffer from acne and are worried about post inflammatory hyperpigmentation (the type associated with acne) a gentle skincare routing with BHAs such as salicylic acid may assist skin rejuvenation and cell turnover, and glycolic acid peels may also assist.
Hyperpigmentation can be reversed over time, and we have many treatment options available at Revivify London. All minimally invasive; treatment options range from daily cosmeceutical treatment, to glycolic acid peels. All treatment plans are tailored to your needs to produce the most effective aesthetic results.