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What is hyperpigmentation?

Hyperpigmentation refers to patches of skin that are darker in color than the skin surrounding it. The contrast of light and dark patches creates the appearance of an uneven skin tone. This skin (very common) condition affects all races. Hyperpigmentation is caused by the overproduction of melanin in the skin; melanin is a brown pigment that protects the skin from harsh effects such as wounds and/or UV radiation. When the body produces extra melanin, portions of the pigment will inevitably be deposited in the same area. These melanin deposits create the dark spots that appear on the surface of the skin.