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Hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation is a condition also known as sunspots, dark spots, or uneven skin tone. It is the darkening of the skin or nails and it is often caused by sun damage, certain types of acne, inflammation, or other various skin ailments. These causes result in an increase in melanin, which is a pigment found throughout nature, and in human skin cells. Hyperpigmentation can affect people of all races, but people with naturally darker skin tones and also people with increased sun exposure are especially susceptible.

Though the darkening is very often linked with sun damage or inflammation, it can also be caused by acne –– what many people refer to as acne scars. Preventing acne before it hits can prevent this altogether, but a great way to stop acne from turning into a dark spot is to let the acne heal naturally. You can use spot treatments or astringents, but picking at it or removing a scab, just like any other wound on your body, will result in more scarring.

Hyperpigmentation is also common in people who suffer from certain diseases or conditions. For example, Celiacs disease, Melasma, Porphyria, and Mercury poisoning can all result in various forms of hyperpigmentation. If you see this problem occurring frequently or mysteriously, see your doctor or dermatologist. However, if you have mild myperpigmentation and want to treat it at home, there are many products available to minimize the irregular darkening. Retinols, acid treatments, and natural extracts are all compounds that are used to treat the condition. But most researchers agree that sunscreen is the most important factor to be used to prevent the condition and also to be used in conjunction with treatment to result in the most effective treatment plan.

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