1 min read
28 Nov

Have you met her yet? Or rather should we say, have you suffered her wrath yet? 

Hyperpigmentation seems to creep up on you when you least expect it. 

The most common types of hyperpigmentation are:

•Melasma also called hormonal pigmentation - Described as dark, coloured patches on your skin commonly seen in pregnant women and frequent sun exposure.

•Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) - Occurs after there is damage or irritation to the skin. The skin involved turns tan, brown, or purple. Skin problems that often result in PIH include acne, burns, eczema (atopic dermatitis), allergic reactions, infection, insect bites, lichen planus, pseudofolliculitis barbae and psoriasis just to name a few. Sunlight can also cause PIH to worse.

•Sunspots - Flat brown spots that develop on areas of your skin that are exposed to the sun. Larger than freckles.

•Freckles - Small brown spots on your skin, often in areas that get sun exposure.

All these hyperpigmentation conditions are commonly caused or worsened by sun exposure without sunscreen. Sunscreen is your bestfriend, preferably SPF50 and always reapply.