Patches or spots on the skin that are darker than surrounding skin.


Medicated creams may lighten the hyperpigmented patches. Makeup may help make them less noticeable.

When to make a doctor's appointment

See a healthcare professional if the darkened spot is:

  • Different than other spots.
  • Irregular in shape.
  • Large.
  • Changing in shape, size, or color.

Last Updated Oct 27, 2023

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