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The Basic Guide to Caring For African American Skin With Hyperpigmentation

The Basic Guide to Caring For African American Skin With Hyperpigmentation

There are many skin conditions known to man. Some may affect the entirety of the skin while others are more localized; one such condition is Hyperpigmentation.

What exactly is Hyperpigmentation?

Melanin is a compound formed by cells at the bottom of your skin known as melanocytes. Melanin is responsible for the color of the skin and is found in virtually every animal. Interestingly, melanin is also found in your eye's iris and your hair.

Hyperpigmentation is a skin condition that is known to occur on various areas of the skin and even the nails. The condition is, in actuality, the excess production of melanin in the body. This causes the skin to darken in various areas. According to scientific research, hyperpigmentation affects roughly 1 in every 17,000 people.

There are primarily 2 types of hyperpigmentation, namely diffused and focal. Diffused hyperpigmentation is where melanin is produced in excess on the skin whereas focal hyperpigmentation affects the eyes.

The Causes of Hyperpigmentation

The melanocytes in the human body produce melanin at a steady rate. However, in certain conditions, the production of melanin increases at an alarming rate. The event of excess production is usually brought on by UV light. UV light is a stimulant that causes the body's melanocytes to produce excess melanin. This is one reason why many people avoid skin laser treatments.

This is the primary reason why people are told to wear sunscreen; it protects their skin and prevents hyperpigmentation. Excess exposure to the sun causes skin darkening due to the excess production of melanin. Another cause of hyperpigmentation is an imbalance of hormones. Whether due to a disorder or the excess usage of birth control pills, the imbalance of hormones causes hyperpigmentation, easily seen on the forehead, cheeks and chin.

Myths about Hyperpigmentation

There are a number of myths surrounding hyperpigmentation. These myths range from the causes of hyperpigmentation to those affected by it. Here is a look at some of the most common myths surrounding hyperpigmentation.

Those with Ethic Skin are not affected by Hyperpigmentation – The fact of the matter is that hyperpigmentation is a skin condition caused by the excess production of melanin in the skin. In no way, shape or form is hyperpigmentation a condition that does not affect ethnic skin, hyperpigmentation occurs in all skin types.

Skin Lightening Cream Prevents Hyperpigmentation – Interestingly, prolonged use of some skin lightening creams can actually cause melanocytes to produce more melanin, therefore causing hyperpigmentation.

Young Children cannot get Hyperpigmentation – As the body ages, the regulation of the release of melanin is less controlled by the body. In other words, the body starts to lose control over the production of melanin.

How to Prevent Hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation, as problematic as it may be, is a skin condition that can be easily prevented. In fact, there are many ways to prevent hyperpigmentation. Here is a look at a few preventive measures that can be taken to prevent hyperpigmentation.

Use Sunscreen – The easiest way to prevent hyperpigmentation is through the use of sunscreen. Any sunscreen with at least SPF 15 is a good choice. However, it is a good idea to check with a dermatologist and ask which SPF is right for you as SPF can range from 4 to 50.

Stay out of the Sun – Another rather simple way to prevent hyperpigmentation is to stay out of the sun as much as possible. The less exposed you are to UV light, the less chances there are of the melanocytes in the skin from producing excess melanin.

Avoid Skin Lightening Creams – Some skin lightening creams can cause your melanocytes to produce excess melanin. In order to avoid hyperpigmentation, try using other methods to lighten your skin, such as good food, a healthy diet and exercise.

Avoid Laser Treatment – Many females go for various dermatological treatments that involve the use of a laser. These lasers can actually cause hyperpigmentation. Therefore, it is better to avoid them and use alternative treatments.

Hyperpigmentation Treatment

Treating hyperpigmentation is rather simple and usually involves the consumption of various foods, drinks and/or the use of topical solutions. For example, foods and drinks rich in powerful antioxidants are a great way to treat hyperpigmentation. These antioxidants fight against hyperpigmentation.

Various medical solutions make use of licorice extracts, ascorbic acid, Retinol, hormones (steroid-based), and even kojic acid. These extracts and compounds are found in various topical creams and help fight against hyperpigmentation.

Hyperpigmentation is a skin condition that is caused by the excess production of melanin. Contrary to popular belief, hyperpigmentation is just as likely to appear in white skin as it is in ethnic skin.

Furthermore, although age does play a small role in its appearance, hyperpigmentation can be found even in children. As the saying goes, prevention is better than the cure, so make sure to be smart and prevent hyperpigmentation from occurring.

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Juliette Samuel,

Nyraju Skin Care
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