Hyperpigmentation is a common and usually harmless condition that happens to just about everyone over time. Patches of skin become darker than the skin around it because of an excess of melanin, the brown pigment that produces normal skin color. Even freckles, which are an inherited characteristic, are examples of hyperpigmentation. These darkened skin patches can become even darker when exposed to the sun. This condition can affect anyone of any ethnicity and can be caused by sun damage, hormonal changes, skin conditions such as acne, or injuries and surgical wounds. Let’s take a look at practical steps that anyone can take to reduce hyperpigmentation.
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