What Is Hyperpigmentation?

The Problem: Dark Spots and Uneven Skin Tone

Hyperpigmentation, according to the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology, is a common, usually harmless condition in which patches of skin become darker in color than the normal surrounding skin. Known by many names such as brown spots, liver spots, age spots, sunspots, melasma, pregnancy mask and solar lentigines, hyperpigmentation can affect the skin color of people of any race, and usually appears on the face, hands and other areas commonly exposed to the sun.

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