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Hyperpigmentation refers to the patches of skin that become darker than the surrounding areas, which also relates to age spots, melasma, and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. It’s a common skin condition that’s caused when there’s an increase in melanin which is the pigment that gives skin colour. It normally appears in patches across the skin but can also affect the nails. Hyperpigmentation is often more common in people with darker skin tones and it may also become more aggressive with more sun exposure.
Although sun exposure is the main factor there are other contributors to hyperpigmentation such as hormones during pregnancy, the contraceptive pill, certain medications and acne. Melasma is an example of hyperpigmentation that often forms during or after pregnancy - although in many cases it usually disappears. In any case, it’s essential you wear a high factor sun protection at all times.
The most effective way to prevent hyperpigmentation is to use a high factor sunscreen. Vitamin C, azelaic acid, mandelic acid, hydroquinone, and niacinamide are also all-powerful ingredients used in our products to treat hyperpigmentation. They increase collagen production, have the ability to aid in water retention and act as natural lightening agents.