Age spots. Liver spots. Acne scars. These are all forms of hyperpigmentation, which leave so many of us feeling a bit insecure about the overall appearance of our complexions.
While the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology calls hyperpigmentation “a common, usually harmless condition in which patches of skin become darker in color than the normal surrounding skin,” anyone who’s suffered from dark spots knows how distressing this common discoloration can be.
The AOCD explains that hyperpigmentation occurs when “an excess of melanin, the brown pigment that produces normal skin color, forms deposits in the skin.” This can be caused by factors such as sun damage and inflammation from skin-picking and acne scarring.