This post was originally published on Hey Aprill.
Hyperpigmentation is a harmless condition in which patches of skin become darker in color than the surrounding skin. This darkening occurs when melanin forms deposits in the skin (source). Age spots, melasma, and acne marks are common forms of hyperpigmentation.
There are many reasons for hyperpigmentation – pregnancy, certain health conditions such as Addison’s disease, the use of certain medications, and the most common reason- overexposure to the sun.
There are three main types of hyperpigmentation- UV-induced (overexposure to the sun), hormonal, and post-inflammatory (occurs after injury to the epidermis).
Tackling hyperpigmentation is a three-step process that should be incorporated into your skincare routine:
- Lighten by treating the pigmentation with exfoliating acids.
- Cover with the best foundation and…