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The Difference Between Hypopigmentation and Hyperpigmentation

Posted by Kesha Ward on

Sometimes there is confusion between hypopigmentation and hyperpigmentation. Hypopigmentation is when the skin is lightened and hyperpigmentation is when the skin is darkened. It seems easy to differentiate but there are a number of factors that cause the skin to discolor. Medication, pregnancy, injury, illness and daily activities can all affect your skin’s pigmentation. Hyperpigmentation Hyperpigmentation is caused by an increase in melanin. One of our most common causes of increased melanin is exposure to sunlight but melanin can increase for a number of other reasons including taking antibiotics and antimalarial drugs. Melasma, also referred to as “the pregnancy mask”...

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