Here's what could be causing those unwanted darker marks on your skin

Sun damage can show up as darker patches on the skin
Sun damage can show up as darker patches on the skin

Suffering with hyperpigmentation? Join the club. But don’t fret – we’ve got the hyperpigmentation causes you might not be aware of, plus the perfect fix for your problem.

Unlike paler complexions, olive skin has a built-in SPF of about seven, so wrinkles typically stay away until you’re into your 40s or 50s (although experts still advise slapping on SPF each day). The not-so-great news is that mid-level pigmented skin ages in a different way.

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“This skin is prone to melasma,” says cosmetic doctor Rabia Malik. These brown patches of pigment often appear on the cheeks, chin and forehead and are prevalent in women in their mid-30s, who are 10 times more likely to suffer than men.

“These darker patches have been proven to add about six years to our perception of someone’s age,” says Malik. “Erase them and it’s like turning back the clock.”

So what’s causing it?

Sun exposure is one cause, but studies show hormones can also be to blame. “With mid-level pigment, a scratch or an eye-watering wax can cause a dark mark,” says Eckel. If hyperpigmentation patches are not already a problem, spot-apply brightening product, only until you have a uniform skin tone.

Best budget buy: Darker mark remover Avene


Try Eau Thermale Avene D-Pigment Brightening Serum (R210). This light, non-greasy serum is highly concentrated with active ingredients to keep your complexion clear, radiant and even-toned. The product not only reduces existing darker marks, but also prevents new darker marks from forming. Get it at Dis-Chem (psst: it’s on special).

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Then there’s also a radiance booster

Try get a serum that delivers a powerful antioxidant shot to counteract signs of UV and environmental damage, including hyperpigmentation and intrinsic skin ageing.

A dose of vitamin C and vitamin E is effective in reducing pigmentation, stimulating collagen production and improving fine lines and wrinkles. Try Gloss Radiant Shot (R1 300).

And a complexion balancer

Activated C (a potent form of vitamin C) helps diminish the appearance of skin irregularities and prevents the formation of new ones. Try Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Brightening & Smoothing Moisture Treatment (R950).

This article was originally published on Women's Health.

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