Understanding Hyperpigmentation Changing Colors

Normal skin contains cells called melanocytes that produce the skin-coloring pigment known as melanin. In several conditions, the melanocytes are either abnormal or abnormally distributed. Sometimes the skin contains fewer or less active melanocytes than usual. In these situations the result is a pale area (hypopigmentation) that does not tan. In cases of hyperpigmentation, the melanocytes are overactive. The result is dark patches of skin.

What causes it?

Some diseases (like Addison's disease) can cause a "suntan" without exposure to the sun. Other fungal infections (like tinea versicolor) can cause patches of paler or darker skin to develop on the trunk. Seborrheic keratosis causes round, oval patches of dark skin to develop after middle age. If you experience hyperpigmentation and do not know the cause, it is best to have it diagnosed by your doctor.

The Solution

Our skin care products assist in rejuvenating and clearing up dead skin cells and other blemishes.

Note: None of the above is intended as medical advice.


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