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Hyperpigmentation: What Are The Causes, And How Can We Treat It?

Hyperpigmentation is a common skin concern we see in clinic, but what is it, what causes it and how can it be treated? This blog post will explain...

What is Hyperpigmentation?

Hyperpigmentation causes patches of skin to become darker than the surrounding skin. It occurs when the skin produces excess melanin, the pigment that gives skin its colour. Hyperpigmentation is very common on skin of colour, as darker skin tones already have a higher melanin content.

Types of Hyperpigmentation

There are several types of hyperpigmentation, the common ones being melasma, sunspots, and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

  • Melasma. Melasma is believed to be caused by hormonal changes and may develop during pregnancy. Areas of hyperpigmentation can appear on any area of the body, but they appear most commonly on the stomach and face.

  • Sunspots. Also called liver spots or solar lentigines, sunspots are common. They’re related to excess sun exposure over time. Generally, they appear as spots on areas exposed to the sun, like the hands and face.

  • Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. This is a result of injury or inflammation to the skin. A common cause of this type is acne.

How is it caused?

Hyperpigmentation is caused by an increase in melanin. Melanin is the natural pigment that gives our skin, hair and eyes their colour. A number of factors can trigger an increase in melanin production, but the main ones are sun exposure, hormonal influences, age and skin injuries or inflammation.

Treating Hyperpigmentation with Obagi's Nu-Derm System

The Nu-Derm® Fx System is a physician-dispensed, skincare system that can actually transform your skin at the cellular level. By addressing the signs of photodamage and restoring the healthy function of your skin cells, this system is clinically proven to result in younger and healthier-looking skin.

Ideal for targeting hyperpigmentation, Obagi Nu-Derm System can help smooth out uneven skin tones and hyperpigmentation. Uneven skin tones can also contribute to skin looking aged beyond its years. Obagi’s Nu Derm System is a proactive daily skincare range that helps to improve uneven skin tone, leaving skin fresh and glowing. A huge component of good skincare is prevention, and Obagi products are designed to help protect the skin from damaging external factors such as sun damage and other environmental conditions. It is never too early to start taking care of your skin, and Obagi skincare systems can help to protect the skin from further damage too.

If you're experiencing issues with hyperpigmentation, head to the link below to arrange your consultation via our online booking system, or you can contact us by email or phone!⁠

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Antoinette Hamilton

Aesthetic Nurse Prescriber with 18 years nursing experience, specialising in natural results and Obagi skincare



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