What is Hyperpigmentation?

The colour of our skin is determined by melanin, a naturally-occurring pigment that ranges in type and ratio from person to person. 

Hyperpigmentation is characterised by the darkening of an area of the skin due to excess melanin production, whereas a lack of melanin in the skin can lead to conditions that cause the skin to become lighter. 

This skin pigmentation disorder is relatively common and tends to affect older people, although can affect people of all ages.

Hyperpigmentation is entirely harmless, but can be a nuisance for those who suffer from it as can seriously affect self-confidence.

How is it caused? Hyperpigmentation is caused as a result of two circumstances:

An abnormally high concentration of melanocytes, the cells which produce melanin (the pigment in skin).

When these melanocytes are hyperactive, they produce a high concentration of melanin.

These factors may be influenced by sun exposure, as this stimulates the production of melanin. Hyperpigmentation can affect any part of the body but tends to mainly appear on the face, hands and neck.

Solution: Laser treatment is a highly effective solution for hyperpigmentation. Seek advice from an experienced and reputable dermatologist such as Dr Firas Al-Niaimi, who can guide you with an individual treatment plan tailored entirely to your needs.