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Hyperpigmentation: Debunking common myths and misconceptions

May 31, 2023 12:45 PM IST

Discover the truth behind hyperpigmentation as we debunk common myths and misconceptions surrounding this skin condition.

Hyperpigmentation is a common skin condition characterised by patches of darkened skin. It can be caused by various factors, such as sun exposure, hormonal changes, acne scars, and certain medications. Unfortunately, there are several myths and misconceptions surrounding hyperpigmentation that can lead to confusion and ineffective treatment. Join us as we debunk common myths and shed light on the causes, treatments, and preventive measures associated with hyperpigmentation. Prepare to challenge your understanding and gain valuable insights into this complex skin issue, empowering yourself with accurate information for a brighter, more informed approach to skincare. (Also read: All you need to know about hyperpigmentation )

Hyperpigmentation is a common skin concern that affects many individuals, causing uneven skin tone and dark patches. (Freepik)
Hyperpigmentation is a common skin concern that affects many individuals, causing uneven skin tone and dark patches. (Freepik)

Busting Myths Around Hyperpigmentation

In an interview with HT Lifestyle, Dr. Divya Poulose, Dermatologist at Chicnutrix debunks some of the most prevalent myths about hyperpigmentation.

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1. Myth: Hyperpigmentation only affects people with dark skin

Fact: While it's true that hyperpigmentation is more noticeable in individuals with darker skin tones, it can affect people of all ethnic backgrounds. People with fair skin are also susceptible to hyperpigmentation, especially after excessive sun exposure.

2. Myth: Hyperpigmentation will disappear on its own

Fact: Hyperpigmentation doesn't typically fade away without treatment. Depending on the severity and underlying cause, it may take several months or even years for hyperpigmentation to lighten. However, targeted treatments, such as topical creams, chemical peels, and laser therapy, can help accelerate the fading process.

3. Myth: Sunscreen is not necessary for hyperpigmented skin

Fact: Sunscreen is crucial for managing hyperpigmentation. The sun's harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays can worsen existing hyperpigmentation and trigger the production of more melanin, exacerbating the condition. Regularly applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF is essential to protect your skin and prevent further darkening.

4. Myth: Hydroquinone is the only effective treatment for hyperpigmentation

Fact: Hydroquinone is a commonly used ingredient in skin-lightening creams, but it is not the only effective treatment option. Other ingredients, such as kojic acid, azelaic acid, retinoids, and vitamin C, have been proven effective in reducing hyperpigmentation. It's important to consult a dermatologist to determine the best treatment plan for your specific needs.

5. Myth: Hyperpigmentation cannot be prevented

Fact: While it may not always be possible to prevent hyperpigmentation entirely, there are preventive measures you can take. Avoid excessive sun exposure, especially during peak hours, and consistently wear protective clothing and sunscreen. Establishing a good skincare routine that includes a gentle exfoliation and the use of brightening serums can also help prevent hyperpigmentation.

"By debunking these common myths surrounding hyperpigmentation, we hope to provide accurate information and empower individuals to make informed decisions about their skincare. Remember, consulting a dermatologist is crucial for an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment of hyperpigmentation. With the right approach, you can effectively manage and minimize the appearance of hyperpigmentation for a healthier and more even-toned complexion," concludes Dr. Divya Poulose.

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