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What Causes Hyperpigmentation on Your Skin? Can Sunscreen Reduce It?

One of the most common FAQs we get is this - How to prevent pigmentation? In order to decode this, it’s important to understand what causes hyperpigmentation in the first place.


Hyperpigmentation is caused by an increase in the production or transfer of melanin in your skin. This can be caused by a number of reasons. The main causes include sun exposure, hormonal influences, skin injuries, and inflammation.
Hyperpigmentation caused by sun exposure without any underlying medical reasons can be reduced simply by seeking shade and using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with high UVA protection throughout the day.


For hyperpigmentation due to other underlying causes, medical intervention would be necessary. Treatments will vary depending on the root cause of the hyperpigmentation. However, any treatment protocol will be accompanied by advice to seek shade and use a broad-spectrum sunscreen when exposed to sunlight.


To understand more about sun protection and pigmentation, read our blogs on the different types of sunscreen, and decoding sunlight - the basics of SPF protection!


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