Darkened areas on the cheeks, dark circles under the eyes, age spots, and hyperpigmentation are all basically the same problem– excess melanin production in the skin. It can happen at any age, but as we grow older it becomes more of a problem. While we often focus on lines and wrinkles as signs of aging, clearing brown spots and splotches can erase years from your skin.
While there seems to be a boatload of options, there are basically two different approaches:
1. Products that inhibit the skin cells from producting melanin.
2. Procedures that actually remove darkened skin.
One of the most powerful tools against hyperpigmentation has been hydroquinone, but many doctors use it cautiously. There were reports of increased pigmentation and allergic reactions with hydroquinone and but according to Dr Wendy Roberts these problems were often due to contamination of hydroquinone products. Doctors found that it was the … Continue Reading…