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Sudden onset of diffuse hyperpigmentation since 2 years that used to reduce greatly during menstrual cycle. Pcos as well in 19 year old girl. Help!?
Consider endocrine: An endocrinologist may be able to address both issues -though without knowing your medical history. ...Read more
Avoid sun, peels, ++: There are a variety of techniques to address hyperpigmentation with avoidance bing the best approach using sunblocks. Certain hormone therapies or oral contraceptives may predispose vulnerable individuals. Minimizing inflammation is also key to preventing hyperpigmentation. ...Read more
Sunscreen, Retinols: In treating hyperpigmentation, it is extremely important to minimize sun exposure through sun protection and sunscreen. Products containing retinols may help to even pigmentation. There are a number of prescription medicines that help reduce excess pigment. A newer product called elure contains lignin peroxidase a natural chemical found in trees that bleaches the color of tree bark. ...Read more
Following irritation: The body forms increased amounts of pigment from a variety of mechanisms. Some are hormonal like melasma or related to endocrine diseases like adrenal gland dysfunction or liver disease. Other causes are side effects from medications or genetic diseases. Most of what we see clinically is caused by sun damage. ...Read more
Go away dark spots: Hyperpigmentation may be caused by chronic inflammation. I al ways imagine that any time there is inflamm, the melanocytes (pigment cells) flock to the area thinking there is a party going on and just dont leave. I like rx hydroquinone and retinoids plus sunscreen. Sunscreen and hats are the most important thing. I love obagi nuderm for this and there are botanicals too but don't work as well. ...Read more