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Hyperpigmentation treatment options

What causes hyperpigmentation?

Hyperpigmentation is a common concern in which patches of skin become darker than the surrounding areas of the skin. 

 

This usually harmless condition occurs when the skin produces more melanin, the pigment that gives skin its color.

 

It can occur in small patches, cover large areas, and sometimes affect the entire body of people of any background.

 

Some forms of hyperpigmentation, including melasma and sunspots, are more likely to affect areas of skin that face sun exposure, including the face, arms, and legs.

 

Types of hyperpigmentation:

 

  • Melasma may be caused by hormonal changes developed during pregnancy. It can appear anywhere but most commonly on the stomach and face.

 

  • Sunspots. Also called liver spots and related to sun exposure over time and mostly on the hands and face.

 

  • Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation is a result of injury or inflammation to the skin, like acne.

 

Certain medications and some chemotherapy drugs can cause hyperpigmentation as a side effect.

Other types of hyperpigmentation form after an injury or skin inflammation, such as cuts, burns, acne, or lupus. These can occur anywhere on the body.

 

A rare endocrine disease called Addison’s disease can produce hyperpigmentation that’s most obvious in areas of sun exposure, such as the face, neck, and hands, and areas exposure to friction, such as elbows and knees.

What are the treatment options for hyperpigmentation?

Here you can find treatment options and health providers in the Dominican Republic. 

Retin-A

Laser resurfacing

Chemical Peel

Dermabrasion

Microdermabrasion

Find a Doctor in the DR

Aesthetic and Anti-Aging MD

Dermatologist

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