Archive for April, 2010

The Fight Against Hyperpigmentation

Women with darker skin may not show too many blemishes and flaws, but they are not really free of them. In fact, they are more prone to hyperpigmentation, or darkening of the skin, that can last months or years.

Skin experts said there are treatments for hyperpigmentation, whether the dark areas are confined to the surface of the skin or have penetrated to the deeper layers. To fade skin discoloration, applying topical medications containing hydroquinone, retinoic acid, and hydrocortisone is prescribed. Dermabrasion or chemical peels work better for dark areas deep in the skin. For both treatments, using sunscreen with high skin protection factor is needed for long-term maintenance.