Hyperpigmentation occurs when patches of skin become darker than the normal, surrounding skin. These dark spots can appear on the hands, face, and other visible parts of the body that have been exposed to the sun.
This condition occurs when melanin (the pigment that gives our skin its natural color) is overproduced in certain spots on the skin. This overproduction can be caused by different factors. See the different factors below and their solutions.
You may have internally-derived hyperpigmentation if dark spots are seen on the cheeks, forehead and upper lip. However, it can appear anywhere on the face and is symmetrical (you see it on both sides of the face, generally in the same area), usually in large patches.
- Catalyst AC-11
You may have sun-derived/post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation if the areas of pigmentation are like freckles, are more apparent with sun-exposure and not usually symetrical. They can appear as a large cluster of pigmentation in some areas. Inflammation from the sun, or chemical peels and lasers, can result in a wound that does not heal.
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