8 Apr

What is Hyperpigmentation?

Hyperpigmentation is the overproduction of melanin on the skin. It appears in the form of darkened patches or spots on the skin resulting in the appearance of uneven toned skin. Although hyperpigmentation is not harmful or painful, it can cause great distress as the patches and spots tend to appear on the face and other parts of the body that are highly visible and difficult to cover up.

Causes of Hyperpigmentation

Sun Damage – People with darker skin tones are more prone to hyperpigmentation, especially with excess sun exposure

Inflammation – Occurs when a skin injury or trauma heals and leaves a flat area of discolouration behind. It’s commonly found among acne sufferers, and can also be caused by cosmetic procedures such as dermabrasion, laser treatment and chemical peels.

Excess Production of Melanin

Acne Vulgaris – Is a long-term skin disease that occurs when hair follicles are clogged with dead skin cells and oil from the skin. 

Hormonal Imbalance – Can create hyperpigmentation known as Melisma. It’s particularly common among women, as it’s thought to occur when the female sex hormones oestrogen and progesterone stimulate the overproduction of melanin when skin is exposed to the sun.


  • Combining oral and topical treatments
  • Skin lightening organic powders these works by slowing down melanin production and removing existing melanin from the skin
  • A topical treatment that contains Retin-A or Alpha-Hydroxy acids
  • If you have minimal darkness, try Microdermabrasion or Dermapen
  • Chemical Peel is best for stubborn spots/patches
  • Discolouration from the sun, try Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)

Hyperpigmentation is a common occurrence amongst women of all colours. While It can be easily treated we still believe in the old adage that prevention is better than cure. Here’s how to avoid the appearance of hyperpigmentation

Avoid The Following

  • Wearing makeup containing heavy metals
  • Sleeping less than 7 to 9 hours every night
  • Using harmful lightening creams in an attempt to even out your skin tone
  • Leaving the house without SPF – The biggest cause of hyperpigmentation is overexposure to the sun. Wearing sunscreen will lower the risk of dark marks
  • Getting a chemical peel with a concentration glycolic acid higher than 50%


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