Beauty: Dare to Bare
Hyperpigmentation is when there are darker patches on the skin, usually ranging from light to dark brown in colour. The patches appear as a result of overproduction of melanin, the pigment that gives our skin, hair and eyes their natural colour, which then form deposits in the skin.
Hyperpigmentation is very common and there are a number of different causes, though over exposure to sunlight is thought to be one of the main culprits. The dark spots can also occur during pregnancy due to hormonal changes. This is often referred to as ‘the mask of pregnancy’ and usually goes away on its own within the first year of giving birth. Certain medications can also cause hyperpigmentation, such as antibiotics, hormone treatments and anti-seizure drugs. The condition can also be hereditary and is more common in people with medium to dark skin tones.
There is no proven cure for hyperpigmentation; however, there are a variety of treatments and products ( see below) that will aim to lighten the appearance of the dark spots and there are ways of preventing them. Wear a daily sunscreen, no lower than SPF 15, even if it doesn’t seem particularly sunny outside. What you think is hyperpigmentation, can sometimes just be a build up of dead skin cells in the folds of your skin that are making the dark spots appear darker than they actually are – exfoliation can help this. Liquid Gold Radiance ( see below) contains niacinamide which restrains melanin production and hibiscus flower extract which helps to lighten dark patches. However, hyperpigmentation and certain other types of the condition cannot always be faded with exfoliation and over the counter products, so visit a dermatologist to talk through other options, such as laser treatment and chemical peels.