Pigmentation is the color found in a person’s skin. Hyperpigmentation occurs when the person’s pigmentation takes on a darker color usually due to excessive sun damage or sunburns. Hyperpigmentation produces darker pigment in the area which received the damage.
Hyperpigmentation can also be referred to as discolored skin pigmentation or Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation. The main difference between Hyperpigmentation and Post inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) is that PIH is discoloration of the skin which occurs after injury or irritation to the skin following a treatment or after an acne lesion (pimple) has healed. Hyperpigmentation involves damage to the skin usually due to excessive sun exposure.
The best way to combat hyperpigmentation is daily use of sunscreen 30 SPF or higher, making sure to reapply throughout the day. Sun exposure will only make the hyperpigmentation worse (i.e. darker), so it is important to protect the skin on a daily basis. Daily use of sunscreen will also prevent new sun spots from forming.
Skintherapy offers products and services that can help get your hyperpigmentation under control.