HYPERPIGMENTATION

Hyperpigmentation

WHAT ARE HYPERPIGMENTATION?

"When there's dark discoloration on the skin, too much melanin has been produced," says Jaliman. Factors like the UVA rays in sunshine "turn on" your pigment-making cells called melanocytes, which then pump out melanin to protect your skin. While that means a tan for many, the process can also cause dark spots and patches to crop up in over-exposed areas. Sometimes, spots can take a decade or two to show up, so if you've got hyperpigmentation making an appearance now, the damage may actually have come from your child or teen years.

 

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