If you find parts of your face are becoming darker than others, especially around the forehead, apples of the cheeks and jawline you most likely have hyper-pigmentation.
What is hyper-pigmentation?
Hyper-pigmentation describes any disorder where the melanocytes (Melanin pigment-producing cells in the skin) have become over-active and are producing too much pigment, causing a patchy or un-even appearance in skin tone.
It has been scientifically proven that un-even skin tone makes a person look much older and less attractive than they really are.
A Common type of hyperpigmentation is Melasma, which is a broad term used to describe physiological factors which may cause this over-action of the pigment-producing cells.
Melasma is commonly caused by fluctuating hormone levels, specifically oestrogen, during pregnancy, menopause or can be caused by oestrogen supplements, contraceptive pills, HRT and cellular hypersensitivity to normal oestrogen levels.
Sun exposure is an added culprit, together with the hormones it plays an important role in the distribution of melasma on sun exposed skin.