Causes and Types of Hyperpigmentation

The causes of hyperpigmentation can be internal and / or external or triggered internally and exacerbated by external factors like the sun. For example, Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation marks can darken a great deal with the sun (and without the use of sunscreens). What is interesting to note is that any form of irritation can exacerbate Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation. Usually our first thoughts can be to reach out for abrasive scrubs and exfoliants when looking to tackle the aftermath of marks left behind from acne at the same time, some gentler treatments just don’t deliver the same results or take a lot longer to deliver results. Striking the balance between efficacy whilst minimising irritation is usually the hardest part in treating your skin when suffering from hyperpigmentation. This is where listening to our skin becomes important. Depending on the type of pigmentation, skin tolerance, state, condition and skin colour, the modalities of treatments available to you will really vary.

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