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Most people have some form of hyperpigmentation on their body, which can range in severity from freckles to melasma. Hyperpigmentation occurs when melanin production increases in a localized area of the skin. It can appear anywhere, but is most often found on the face, arms, and back of the hand (the main areas of your skin that come in contact with the sun). Melanin’s job is to absorb harmful UV rays; the more time you spend in the sun, the more melanin your body will produce and the darker your hyperpigmentation will get.

The causes of hyperpigmentation vary and can be attributed to hormones, acne and other skin trauma, sun damage, old age, and numerous diseases. But no matter the cause of your hyperpigmentation, the best way to stop it from getting worse is to wear sunscreen! Due to the increase in skin health awareness, sunscreen can be found in many makeup products and moisturizers if you don’t want to use plain sunscreen. 

Pro tip: always reach for a bottle of broad spectrum sunscreen because it protects you from both UVA and UVB rays that damage your skin, an SPF of 30-50 is ideal. Those that are more prone to hyperpigmentation should also wear sunscreen indoors. Confused about sunscreen types and why higher SPF’s are better? Look out for our next blog on sunscreen!

If you are struggling with hyperpigmentation, there are several solutions that will help you minimize or even remove it: 

Medical grade exfoliants and brightening creams can help hyperpigmentation by suppressing your melanocytes (slowing your production of melanin).
A Qualified Skin Care Professional will offer a chemical peels that can reduce or remove hyperpigmentation after several treatments. These procedures are usually paired with a topical lightening cream to increase their efficacy.   

Want to discuss customizable treatment options for your hyperpigmentation? We offer multiple treatment options for hyperpigmentation, including custom peels, lightening creams, and medical grade facials, that will leave your skin clear, glowing, and healthier.