One of the most common skin concerns is hyperpigmentation. But what is it exactly? Hyperpigmentation is a term used to describe patches of skin that are darker in tone. This occurs when excess melanin (the pigment that gives your skin its colour) is produced.
There are various types of hyperpigmentation and the cause can vary from age, sun exposure, hormonal changes and injury to the skin. So, what can you do about it? Here are our tips…
The cause of breakout-prone skin is varied and can be down to a number of reasons but first of all, let’s clear a few things up (no pun intended):
There is a difference between breakout-prone skin and acne.
Acne is a chronic skin condition.
'Breakout-prone skin' is skin that is consistently prone to breakouts every so often or on a consistent but sporadic basis.
Oily skin is one of the four primary, traditional skin types and is caused by an overproduction of sebum (oil). It is predominantly genetic but can also be triggered by hormones and diet, or skin that is dehydrated - more on this later.
Eczema is a chronic skin condition that causes the skin to become dry, inflamed, flaky and itchy. The most common form of eczema is atopic eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis. In severe cases, the skin can crack, weep and even bleed. Whilst the exact cause of eczema is unknown, evidence has shown that there is an issue with your skin barrier function.
Did you know that combination skin is the most common skin type?
As the name suggests, combination skin means you experience a mixture of skin types. Typically, this is seen as balanced skin (‘balanced’ being a far more accurate alternative to the widely used term ‘normal skin’ - because what is that exactly?) with oily areas - usually the t-zone - or balanced skin with dry patches.