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What is Hyperpigmentation?

From the Colorado Dermatology Institute in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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Colorado Springs Dermatologist Dr. Reagan Anderson

Video Transcript:

Here’s another daily tip from your friendly local dermatologist in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

What is hyperpigmentation? And first, let’s define the term. So hyperpigmentation is just darkening of the skin beyond what your skin normally looks like. And so sometimes, we get this darkening of the skin from trauma, and that trauma can be a scratch or surgery or, or something else. It could also be trauma from the sun; sunburn; trauma from a chemical spill. Any sort of trauma can induce the melanocytes or the pigment producing cells in your body to make more pigment, and then it gets darker.

Now usually this fades over about 3 to 6 months, if you keep it out of the sun. If you allow the sun to hit something that is darker or hyper-pigmented, it’s just gonna prolong that process, and it might even be permanent. So, if you are prone to hyperpigmentation, please be careful with what type of trauma you get, what type of cosmetic procedures you have, what type of surgical procedures you have, and talk to your physician prior to the procedure. If it’s a dermatology procedure or a plastic surgery procedure, we do have creams that you can put on prior, that should be able to limit how dark it gets after the procedure.

So let’s have a conversation, and let’s not try to get too unnecessarily hyper-pigmented.

Because Dermatologists treat more than just skin cancer!

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