Hyperpigmentation And Its Examples

Before hyperpigmentation may be discussed, we should first delve into the meaning of the term “pigmentation.” Simply put, skin pigmentation is the color of a person’s skin. The body produces a substance called melanin through its skin cells. The darker a person’s skin color is, the more melanin there is in their epidermis. Skin pigmentation is mainly determined by the racial ethnicity of the person and the amount of sun exposure they get each day. Different people have different skin pigmentations because of these reasons.

Hyperpigmentation is caused by the over production of melanin in a person’s body and manifests as the darkening of parts of the skin. Due to hyperpigmentation, darker spots that do not match the surrounding areas will commonly manifest on the skin. Research has revealed that the main causes behind hyperpigmentation are skin injuries, skin inflammation as well as sun damage. In connection to hyperpigmentation, there are many of diseases and conditions that are connected to the darkening of the skin. Here are several kinds of examples: Addison’s disease, acanthosis nigricans, melasma, porphyria, Cushing’s disease, Peutz-Jeghers syndrome, melanosis, haemochromatosis, linea nigra, Celiac disease, Cronkite-Canada syndrome, and Tinea fungal infections. The well-known kinds of hyperpigmentation are sun spots, freckles, age spots, as well as liver spots. There are even some chemicals that are said to cause hyperpigmentation such as salicylic acid, cisplatin, and bleomycin. People of Asian, African as well as Mediterranean descent are considered as the most susceptible to hyperpigmentation. Too much sun’s rays will also make you more prone to it.

Hyperpigmentation can greatly affect one’s looks. In a world where physical appearance is considered as very important, hyperpigmentation can seriously hinder one from being “beautiful”. Beauty makes having a good complexion an essential. Hyperpigmentation can be a hindrance towards this. The discoloured spots of skin are often the most visible parts of the body when it comes to hyperpigmentation. To name a few parts, these are the neck, face, scalp, nape, hands as well as forearms. A lot of people are ashamed to show the unsightly dark patches of skin. They try to cover them up with clothes or cosmetics. It is fortunate that there are now many ways to treat hyperpigmentation. Skin lightening products are commonly used for this reason. Skin lightening products may contain any of the following substances: tretinoin (Retinol), azelaic acid, licorice extract, kojic acid, topical glucocorticoids, alpha hydroxy acids, ascorbic acid, and hydroquinone.

Hyperpigmentation makes the skin unattractive, even if it is typically harmless. A lot of people wish for their hyperpigmentation to disappear because the affected parts are noticeably darker than their real skin tone. A solution can be found by using pigmentation creams prescribed by doctors. On the other hand, all will be pointless if the afflicted individual still goes out under the sun’s rays.

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