Black skin can suffer from changes in pigmentation as a result of damage to the skin. Even tiny injuries will trigger the healing response that stimulates the production of pigmented cells within the skin.

Shaving rashes, spots, cuts and scrapes can all cause the skin around the original injury site to darken. This can make them noticeable, even long after the injury has completely healed, and they can darken further over time, particularly if the skin is exposed to sunlight.

If hyperpigmented areas of skin are causing you problems, there are solutions available. Sun protection is very important in order to prevent further damage to the skin, while microdermabrasion and laser treatment can help to improve the skin’s appearance.

Microdermabrasion works by removing the damaged superficial layers of skin in a gentle and uniform manner, improving the skin’s texture and evening out the skin’s tone. This procedure also stimulates skin renewal and collagen production, ensuring that new and healthy skin cells replace the damaged ones.

IPL is another treatment that can produce great results. The intense light causes lesions to heat up, and break down the pigment cells trapped with the skin. Once fragmented, they are absorbed by the body and the pigmented patches fade.