The Issue: Hyperpigmentation Hyperpigmentation and hypopigmentation -- an increase or decrease of color in the skin, respectively -- are more common and more noticeable in darker skin tones, which naturally have more of the skin pigment melanin. Because hyperpigmentation is caused by an overproduction of melanin, African American women are also more prone to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, which is caused by physical trauma to the skin. This trauma can range from something as commonplace as a mosquito bite or a pimple to chronic skin conditions like eczema. After initial redness subsides, dark brown spots appear.
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