In certain individuals, the signs of aging show on the face in the form of fine lines around the eyes or a less-than-defined jawline. But for women with ethnic skin, physical manifestations of getting older sometimes appear as hyperpigmentation, which is a discoloration of dark complexions.
Cosmetic dermatologist Jessica Wu recently told Skin and Allergy News that the patchy spots are a common sign of aging in individuals of Asian descent.
"Asian patients are more likely to seek help with pigmentation than wrinkles, so [dermatologists] should become familiar with hyperpigmentation disorders," said Wu, quoted by the news source.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports that hyperpigmentation is the result of excess amounts of melanin in the skin. The condition can be caused by a number of factors, including sun exposure and inflammation.
In some cases, foundation or concealer may help blend the complexion. The NIH also recommends creams, such as Asian skin care products or fade creams for black skin, in order to minimize the appearance of hyperpigmentation.
It's important to note that products containing hydroquinone are potentially carcinogenic and have been associated with unsightly skin conditions.