Hyperpigmentation is excessive and unevenly distributed pigment in the skin. It can range from light tan to dark brown and may be isolated patches or large areas. It may be caused by overexposure to UV rays from the sun or tanning beds, medical conditions, or hormones. It is also commonly caused by inflammation secondary by trauma, acne, or aggressive procedures; this is called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
There is quite a bit that can be done to improve hyperpigmentation. Our dermatologists evaluate what is best for each patient’s skin and prescribe a customized prescription formula accordingly.
Here are the prescription compounds we prescribe for this condition: (in no particular order): tretinoin, niacinamide, azelaic acid, hydroquinone, kojic acid, mandelic acid, etc.
It’s important to commit to daily sun protection of SPF 30+; please see the link below for additional detail. And, a wide-brimmed hat is always on point.