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What is Pigmentation?

Hyperpigmentation or brown patches can be caused by lots of sun exposure, hormonal imbalances, inflammation and injury to the skin.

It is most commonly found on the face, neck and chest.

Before treating your pigmentation, you need to know what type you have. Those with fair skin are more prone to sun-induced pigment and people with olive complexions can be more susceptible to post-inflammatory pigment.

Women who are pregnant, take the oral contraceptive pill, or who are on hormone replacement therapy or IVF are more likely to suffer from hormone induced pigmentation.

Hyperpigmentation will often appear as one gets older, as our melanocytes (the cells that produce pigment) increase in size as we age.

Younger skin can be at risk of pigment from sun damage. Freckles across the nose and cheeks can become more dense, causing an uneven tone and darkness to the face.

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