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Hyperpigmentation Treatment with DM|MD Skin Care in Boca Raton, FL

Your skin color is determined by the amount of melanin in the skin. People with lighter skin have less melanin while those with darker skin have more melanin. Sun exposure increases the amount of melanin, and this is why your skin tans. Hyperpigmentation describes a condition in which isolated areas of skin darken due to some factor increasing melanin production.

Hyperpigmentation Before and After DM|MD Skin Care Procedure

What is Hyperpigmentation?

Hyperpigmentation is a common and usually harmless condition appearing as patches on the skin that are darker in color than the normal surrounding skin. This darkening occurs when an excess of melanin, the brown pigment that produces normal skin color, forms deposits in the skin. Hyperpigmentation can affect the skin color of people of any race. Hyperpigmentation can take many forms, some of the these are:

Age Spots/Liver Spots

Age spots and liver spots are the most common type of hyperpigmentation. The dark areas of skin are caused by sun damage to the skin. The clinical term for the condition is solar lentigines. Age spots most often occur on areas that are frequently exposed to sunlight, such as the neck, back of the hands and face.

Melasma

Also known as chloasma spots, melasma has a similar appearance to age spots. The primary difference is that melasma tends to appear in larger patches of skin. The condition may also be triggered by sun exposure, but it can also occur in women due to hormonal changes caused by pregnancy and birth control pills. Melasma can appear on the face or body, most commonly the abdomen.

Other Causes of Hyperpigmentation

Skin darkening also occurs when the skin is injured or affected by certain types of diseases. Freckles and birthmarks are other types of hyperpigmentation.

Traditional treatments for hyperpigmentation aim to lighten the skin, but this approach can have unwanted results. The treated skin may not lighten enough, or it may lighten too much. The formulations used for skin lightening can also damage the skin and cause additional problems.

How can DM|MD treatments help Hyperpigmentation?

DM|MD treatments remove the outer layers of skin to a point below the hyperpigmentation. This reveals skin cells that have normal levels of melanin so that the color matches the surrounding skin.