Hyperpigmentation dark spots is caused by an excessive production of melanin in the skin. Asian skin tends to have more melanin than Caucasian skin, and as a result, Asian skin is more prone to skin discoloration. There are many ways to treat hyperpigmentation, however, many come with risks. Because of its side effects, we will often recommend non-hydroqunine skin lighteners to patients. This product is a highly concentrated, non-hydroquinone skin lightener.
In fact, a recent study found that dark spots are a bigger aging concern for Asian women than wrinkles. Hyperpigmentation occurs when the body produces too much melanin due to sun exposure, hormonal changes, injury or even heredity. According to Jessica Wu, M. They typically start in childhood, fade in the winter and typically get darker in the summer.
The Asian patient with Fitzpatrick skin types III-V is rarely highlighted in publications on cutaneous disorders or cutaneous laser surgery. However, with changing demographics, Asians will become an increasingly important group in this context. Although high melanin content confers better photoprotection, photodamage in the form of pigmentary disorders is common. Melasma, freckles, and lentigines are the epidermal disorders commonly seen, whilst nevus of Ota and acquired bilateral nevus of Ota-like macules are common dermal pigmentary disorders. Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation PIH occurring after cutaneous injury remains a hallmark of skin of color.
Acne scarring. Sun damage. Inflammation lingering from an eczema flare-up.