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

Dr. M. Christine Lee
Board Certified, Dermatology
23 years in practice
2M people helped
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
Board Certified
11 years in practice
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Dr. Thomas Fiala
Board Certified, Plastic Surgery
28 years in practice
2M people helped
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What's the best way to treat uneven skin pigmentation due to sun damage?

Dr. Thomas Fiala
Board Certified, Plastic Surgery
28 years in practice
2M people helped
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
Board Certified, Pediatrics
8M people helped
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What is the treatment for skin pigmentation disorder?

Dr. Cornelia Franz
Board Certified, Pediatrics
8M people helped

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
13 years in practice
74K people helped
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I've had an area of skin pigmentation on my neck since birth, and its been growing larger since? Any treatments?

Dr. Shala Fardin
Board Certified, Dermatology
13 years in practice
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I've had an area of skin pigmentation on my neck since birth, and its been growing larger since?  Any treatments?

It depends: If the lesion is a congenital mole and is small, it could be surgically removed. Other. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Mitchell
Board Certified, Bariatrics
18 years in practice
334K people helped
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Is there a cure for skin pigmentation?

Dr. Scott Mitchell
Board Certified, Bariatrics
18 years in practice
334K people helped
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
36 years in practice
327K people helped
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How long can it take to get rid of my dark skin pigmentation?

Dr. Robert Berger
Board Certified, Dermatology
36 years in practice
327K people helped

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
Board Certified, Dermatology
36 years in practice
2M people helped
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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?

Dr. Vicki Levine
Board Certified, Dermatology
36 years in practice
2M people helped

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
Board Certified, Dermatology
24 years in practice
1M people helped
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The skin around my mouth, chin, and sides of nose gets red or brown and is diff. Color from my skin pigmentation. Is this rosacea? I also have flakes.

Dr. Coyle Connolly
Board Certified, Dermatology
24 years in practice
1M people helped
The skin around my mouth, chin, and sides of nose gets red or brown and is diff. Color from my skin pigmentation. Is this rosacea? I also have flakes.

Seborrhea: Seborrheic dermatitis is characterized by flaky skin of the scalp, eyebrows , sides of nose. See a dermatologist to properly diagnose and treat your particular condition. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Jackson
Board Certified, Dermatology
38 years in practice
10M people helped
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What exactly causes a skin pigmentation disorder?

Dr. Robert Jackson
Board Certified, Dermatology
38 years in practice
10M people helped

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
23 years in practice
2M people helped
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What could cause changes in skin pigmentation?

Dr. M. Christine Lee
Board Certified, Dermatology
23 years in practice
2M people helped

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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