Are you experiencing unusual discoloration in your skin, where patches are darker in color than the rest of your body? You may be experiencing hyperpigmentation. Richmond Hill beauty clinics like GMA are experienced in diagnosing these kinds of skin conditions and know exactly what to look for and how to treat it.



What is hyperpigmentation?

Hyperpigmentation is the unusual darkening of your skin. This can happen in small patches or over a widespread area. Hyperpigmentation is caused by excess amounts of melanin, which is a pigment the body uses to color places such as the eyes, skin and hair. “Liver spots” are one of the more common forms of hyperpigmentation.


What triggers hyperpigmentation?

Hyperpigmentation can be caused by a number of factors, but the most common is excess exposure to the sun. Ultraviolet light can stimulate the production of melanin, thus resulting in hyperpigmentation. When this occurs, doctors call the affected areas “solar lentigines.” The lentigines are usually found in areas that get the most exposure to the sun, such as the face and hands.

Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation is the second leading type, and often results after the body has recovered from pimples, acne, burns, or any other skin trauma. Hyperpigmentation can also occur after surgery.

Conditions that involve hormonal changes, like pregnancy, also trigger hyperpigmentation. This is called “the mask of pregnancy” in some cultures, and is characterized by discolored skin on the face and belly.

Hyperpigmentation can also be inherited, such as in the case of freckles across the body and skin. This situation is genetic and highly dependent on one’s race and family upbringing.


What can I do about hyperpigmentation?

There are a number of creams and peels available over the counter. But if you want the most effective hyperpigmentation treatments in the Richmond Hill area, consult with the experienced doctors in The Grand. We know exactly the right procedures, techniques and lifestyle changes you’ll need to perform in order to get rid of hyperpigmentation for good.

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