September is the month when many people notice hyperpigmentation, which in most cases appear following prolonged exposure to the sun without protection. That’s why we dedicated today’s article to this topic and discussed 5 lesser known facts about hyperpigmentation. Here they are!
You can’t treat hyperpigmentation at home.
There are many skin products that promise to work wonders in a short time. We don’t recommend such products under any circumstances because they don’t work, and the risk of producing various skin conditions is quite high. In rare cases, pigmentation spots disappear by themselves after a year or two, but this is not the rule. The only way to get rid of hyperpigmentation effectively and safely is to consult a specialist who will recommend certain suitable treatments. Book an appointment at Deluxe Clinic!
A healthy diet can help you successfully prevent hyperpigmentation of the skin.
A diet rich in antioxidants provides your skin with high protection against UV rays. You should make it a habit especially in the summer months to consume as many green vegetables and fruits as possible to reduce free radicals in your skin. The more healthy habits you incorporate into your routine (here we’re not just talking about diet, but also hydration and rest), the healthier your skin will be without pigmentation spots.
Sun exposure isn’t the only cause of hyperpigmentation.
In most cases, pigmentation spots occur as a result of prolonged exposure to the sun during the months of strong sunlight without adequate protection (SPF cream and appropriate clothing). However, there are also cases where hyperpigmentation occurs without any direct link to UV rays. We are talking about the following situations:
- Pregnancy – many pregnant women experience pigmentation spots on the cheeks, nose or forehead, which occur as a result of increased hormone levels,
- Prolonged use of contraceptives – can cause a hormonal imbalance and the appearance of hyperpigmentation,
- Fertility treatments – hyperpigmentation can be a consequence of repeated fertility treatments,
- Acne – there is a form of hyperpigmentation that can be caused by inflammatory acne.
More information on the causes of hyperpigmentation can be found here.
Freckles can be a form of hyperpigmentation.
You’ve probably heard people with freckles complain that they flare up in the summer months when they don’t protect themselves well enough from the sun’s rays. These freckles are actually another form of hyperpigmentation caused by the sun. One of the most common myths is that the transmission of freckles is genetic, but in reality, if you spend too much time in the sun without sun protection, you could find yourself with freckles on your face, chest or arms one day.
Some medicines have a side effect of causing pigmentation spots.
It’s no longer a secret that reading the leaflet of the medicines you take can make you cringe. But you certainly didn’t know that some medicines have hyperpigmentation as a side effect, such as anti-malaria drugs, antispasmodic or anti-arrhythmic drugs. Of course, pigmentation spots do not occur in all cases, but rather when they are taken over a long period of time or in a higher dose.
If you are experiencing unsightly pigmentation spots, we look forward to seeing you at Deluxe Clinic! A specialist will consult you and suggest a personalized treatment, according to your skin’s needs.