HYPERPIGMENTATION is a skin condition caused by increased melanin production. As the cells
produce too much melanin, this triggers the skin to get darker. Pregnancy can be a natural cause of
higher melanin production and hyperpigmentation. Over exposure to sunlight can also worsen this
condition as it can darken further already affected areas. Some medication and drugs, such as
antibiotics and anti-malaria drugs, are also said to cause this skin condition.
Chloasma or melasma is a typical type of hyperpigmentation. This condition causes the tanned or
brown patches on the skin, most typically on the face area. Pregnant women are mostly susceptible
to this condition, but even men can also develop this skin problem. Hydroquinone and other
prescription creams are commonly used to treat this problem, but it typically fades away for women
after their pregnancy.