Beauty: Dare to Bare

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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.

CAUSES

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.

TREAT­MENTS

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.

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