What is hyperpigmentation?

Hyperpigmentation is a common but usually harmless condition in which patches of skin become darker in colour than the normal surrounding skin. This darkening occurs when an excess of melanin, the brown pigment that produces normal skin colour, forms deposits in the skin. These usually appear as flat darker patches.

Hyperpigmentation can be classed under the following skin conditions:

  • Brown spots, Sun damaged skin
  • Melasma