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Facial hyper pigmentation in darker skin types

Disorders of hyperpigmentation are generally more prevalent in those with darker skin, with facial pigmentation cited as one of the most common presenting complaints in this population. A wide range of conditions may result in facial hyperpigmentation and these may be associated with significant psychological distress. While some general measures are useful for all hyperpigmentary conditions, specific treatments vary according to the underlying cause, and the patient’s skin phototype and preference. Despite the plethora of medical and physical therapies available for hyperpigmentation, it remains a challenging condition to treat. A thorough understanding of the common causes of facial pigmentation and the complex presentations in patients with darker skin will help to care for patients, both holistically and effectively.
Dermatology in practice 2016; 22(3): 79–82
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