Home Tips and advice Skincare tips Skin concerns What is hyperpigmentation?

Speckles, freckles, and occasionally undesirable imperfections are also referred to as hyperpigmentation, which is nature's way of safeguarding your exquisite skin against the damaging effects of the sun. Nature, in its unique manner, acts as a skilled artist by adding the final touches or beauty marks exactly where we desire them. However, at times, nature deviates from our preferences and leaves its mark in undesired areas. Hyperpigmentation manifests as light brown to black spots or patches of skin, varying in shape and size, appearing either individually or in clusters. These occurrences are widespread and generally pose no harm.

What causes hyperpigmentation?

Skin hyperpigmentation is a remarkable demonstration of the harmonious collaboration between our intelligent human bodies and nature. Our skin's brilliance has evolved in tandem with the sun, and it may sound unconventional, but it's undoubtedly true. Within our skin, there exist astute melanocytes, specialized cells responsible for producing melanin—a skin pigment ranging from dark brown to black. Melanin acts as a shield, absorbing and dispersing the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays to safeguard our skin cells. This explains why individuals who have resided in sunnier regions for generations tend to have darker skin compared to those living in cooler climates. When we expose ourselves directly to sunlight, our melanocytes can multiply and distribute unevenly, resulting in the formation of what we commonly recognize as hyperpigmentation—a condition characterized by darker spots and patches on our skin.

What are the characteristics of hyperpigmentation?

Sun spots

These are the most common types of hyperpigmentation. They are triggered by excessive exposure to the sun's detrimental UV rays. Sun spots typically emerge on the areas of our body that are most exposed to sunlight, primarily the face and hands. They can exhibit various shades, such as black, brown, or grey, and generally manifest as freckles or patches.

Post-Inflammatory hyperpigmentation

This occurs when the skin changes colour following damage, such as wounds, rashes, or occasionally acne. The overproduction of melanin during the healing process, may lead to the formation of patches displaying different skin tones. The colour of these patches can vary, ranging from white, pink, or red to purple, brown, or black, depending on an individual's skin tone. If you have any concerns, it is always advisable to consult a medical professional.


This form of hyperpigmentation occurs when your skin reacts to hormonal fluctuations within your body. It is more frequently observed in women, particularly during pregnancy or while using hormonal contraceptives. In this condition, the skin tends to develop patches of black or brown pigmentation, primarily on the face or occasionally on the abdomen. Consult with a medical professional if you have any concerns.

How to help with hyperpigmentation

The primary cause of hyperpigmentation is excessive exposure to sunlight, as our bodies increase melanin production to shield the skin from UV light. It is essential to take proper care of your skin by following our tips on sun protection.

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