When patches of skin become darker in color than the normal surrounding skin color, as in the case of age spots or “liver spots,” it is because of a common, usually harmless condition known as hyperpigmentation.
Hyperpigmentation is the effect of an increase in melanin, the substance in the body that is responsible for color.
Melanin absorbs the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays in order to protect the skin from overexposure, but in doing so, it can cause:
- Age spots
- Other darkened skin patches to become even darker and more pronounced
One common form of hyperpigmentation is age spots, which usually occur in people over 40 because the body at that age has a diminished supply of melanin and cannot fight off the UV rays as well as it used to.
Because hyperpigmentation occurs due to sun damage, it is usually referred to by doctors as solar lentigino, which is benign, but an indication of excessive sun exposure.
Another effect of hyperpigmentation’s appearing because of exposure to the sun, is that it usually occurs on the areas of the skin that are in view of the sun most frequently, such as the hands and face.
Unfortunately, these are also the areas of the body that are most often in view of others.
Avoid skin hyperpigmentation by taking precautions such as limiting your exposure to the sun and applying one of the Dr. Perricone products, No Foundation Foundation. No Foundation Foundation is formulated with a non-chemical SPF 30 to protect even the most sensitive skin from the damaging UV rays that cause dark spots to appear on the skin. It also contains DMAE and Alpha Lipoic Acid to provide anti-aging benefits, such as reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Treat hyperpigmentation by taking supplements and using topical skin care products. Consider Perricone MD Pigment Corrective System, a 2-part combination of supplements and cream, which help to address hyperpigmentation and brown age spots.
This formulation includes:
- DMAE: helps to improve elasticity; lift, tighten, and tone skin; and diminish fine lines and wrinkles
- Vitamin C Ester: works to improve firmness and elasticity; diminish fine lines, wrinkles, and discoloration; and create a luminous appearance
- Pycnogenol: helps to improve skin health, renew collagen, and brighten skin
Watch this video below for an overview of the Pigment Corrective System: