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Hyperpigmentation Green icon of person with hyperpigmentation

Hyperpigmentation is defined in Western medicine as a condition where patches of skin become darker than their surrounding areas, often due to an overproduction of melanin by specialized cells (Nisticò et al., 2014, Journal of Dermatological Treatment). Common manifestations include age spots, typically resulting from sun exposure, melasma, often observed in pregnant women, and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation appearing after skin injury or inflammation.

In contrast, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) views hyperpigmentation as primarily linked to blood stasis, which is typically precipitated by Qi deficiency common in aging (Xu et al., 2019, Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine). TCM therapies aim to augment Qi and transform the stasis to treat the condition. Both approaches offer targeted avenues for understanding and treating hyperpigmentation.

Image of older woman looking into circular mirror applying make-up to conceal age spots.