Dark spots, oh my! They’re not moles or freckles—they’re these annoying little patches that appear a deeper shade than your normal skin tone. This is what you’d call hyperpigmentation, a skin pigmentation that can affect any skin type. It’s more common during pregnancy, with older age or after an injury, and it can occur anywhere on the body.
These unwanted marks are definitely a nuisance, but they aren’t necessarily reason for concern (except when it comes to reaching for the concealer). That said, if they show up seemingly out of nowhere, it’s smart to get them checked out in case they’re indicative of something more serious.
Regardless of the cause, it’s important to understand how hyperpigmentation develops, how to get rid of it and how it differs from other similar skin conditions. Keep reading for all of your questions answered, along with what symptoms to look out for.