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Dr. M. Christine Lee
Board Certified, Dermatology
22 years in practice
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What could cause changes in skin pigmentation?

What could cause changes in skin pigmentation?

Sun, hormones, meds: Most common causes of increased pigmentation are sun exposure, hormones (ie: pregnancy, fertility treatments, oral contraceptives, hormonal replacement therapy), and medications (ie: minocycline, tetracycline, doxycycline, sulfa drugs) or combination thereof. Certain diseases associated with hormonal imbalance such as addison's or cushing's can also cause excess pigment. ...Read more

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Dr. Christopher Crosby
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Skin Pigmentation (Definition)

Skin color comes from four different pigments present in our skin: 1. Melanin - tans or browns in our skin 2. Carotenes - yellows and oranges 3. Oxygenated hemoglobin (in the arteries) - red 4. Deoxygenated hemoglobin (in the veins) - blue skin color is the ...Read more


Dr. Thomas Fiala
Board Certified, Plastic Surgery
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What's the best way to treat uneven skin pigmentation due to sun damage?

What's the best way to treat uneven skin pigmentation due to sun damage?

Several ways: 1. Retin-a cream 2. Hydroquinone for hyperpigmented areas 3. Intense pulsed light (ipl) for hyperpigmented areas 4. Chemical peels or laser resurfacing for texture or wrinkle issues. ...Read more

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Dr. Cornelia Franz
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What is the treatment for skin pigmentation disorder?

Depends: On what the disorder is. See a dermatologist for diagnosis and options. Also consider chinese medicine. I have seen some dramatic improvements with herbs that balance the body ...Read more

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Dr. Shala Fardin
Board Certified, Dermatology
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Dr. Scott Mitchell
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Is there a cure for skin pigmentation?

Is there a cure for skin pigmentation?

Skin pigmentation: There are various disorders of skin pigmentation. Is there a particular one you are concerned with. There are numerous treatments, not necessarily a "cure" per se for various skin pigmentation disorders. Laser therapy is often helpful for many skin pigmentation disorders. Please see your local dermatologist and/or plastic surgeon to discuss these options! ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Berger
Board Certified, Dermatology
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How long can it take to get rid of my dark skin pigmentation?

Depends: If from sun, will fade over winter (recent sun) . If from trauma will also fade. Other wise may need a bleaching cream or laser tx-would see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Dr. Vicki Levine
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Will using a product that inhibits melanin production get rid of all pigmentation in the skin, or will it just prevent tanning?

Could turn white: There is a product known as monobenzyl ether of hydrquinone.If you use it your skin will turn white. You should google it. I believe the brand name is ben a quick. ...Read more

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Dr. Coyle Connolly
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Dr. Robert Jackson
Board Certified, Dermatology
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What exactly causes a skin pigmentation disorder?

It depends: Most of the time the immune system is involved the skin is inflammed and the skin lightens or darkens depending on the disorder. ...Read more

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Dr. M. Christine Lee
Board Certified, Dermatology
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What could cause changes in skin pigmentation?

Sun, hormones, meds: Most common causes of increased pigmentation are sun exposure, hormones (ie: pregnancy, fertility treatments, oral contraceptives, hormonal replacement therapy), and medications (ie: minocycline, tetracycline, doxycycline, sulfa drugs) or combination thereof. Certain diseases associated with hormonal imbalance such as addison's or cushing's can also cause excess pigment. ...Read more

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