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Types of Facial Hyperpigmentation, Causes and Treatments

· Facial Hyperpigmentation & Melasma · Comments Off on Types of Facial Hyperpigmentation, Causes and Treatments

One of the most common complaints I hear from patients is about facial hyperpigmentation.  These are the spots that range in color from tan, brown or dark brown.  There are several causes of facial hyperpigmentation, but the most common that I see is melasma. What causes melasma? Melasma is caused by increased amounts of pigment […]

How the sun affects skin of color

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  My patients with darker skin tones also experience the damaging effects of the sun, but sometimes differently than their lighter-skinned counterparts.  The sun may not cause as many wrinkles, but hyperpigmentation and melasma are more of a problem if you have dark skin. In addition, something called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation is more of an issue […]

Key sunscreen ingredient to stop brown spots, melasma

· Sunscreen · Comments Off on Key sunscreen ingredient to stop brown spots, melasma

While the FDA is currently reviewing the ingredients in chemical sunscreen, we now have even more reason to use physical sunblock instead. If melasma or brown spots are an issue for you, research has shown that you have to use an iron oxide product to the block visible light that causes this skin discoloration. Recent studies […]

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