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Dr. Kathleen Gilmore
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Hyperpigmentation (Definition)

Hyperpigmentation is a medical term describing areas of skin that are darker than the rest of the skin. It can be present from birth or caused by ...Read more


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How is hyperpigmentation treated?

How is hyperpigmentation treated?

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

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Any home remedies for hyperpigmentation?

Any home remedies for hyperpigmentation?

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

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What causes hyperpigmentation in children?

Inflammation: Any rash can inflame the basal layer of skin where the pigment cells are and cause the pigment to drop into the dermis causing hyperpigmentation. This will resolve with time but can be diminished with prescription creams. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of hyperpigmentation?

What are the symptoms of hyperpigmentation?

Dark spots: Hyperpigmentation refers to areas of skin that appear to be darker than the patients normal skin color. Hyperpigmentation is usually a brown or black color. ...Read more

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How do symptoms of hyperpigmentation begin?

How do symptoms of hyperpigmentation begin?

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

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How can I get help for my hyperpigmentation?

How can I get help for my hyperpigmentation?

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

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What can you tell me about hyperpigmentation?

It's hard to beat: Usually worse after pregnancy and his hormone-related-markedly exacerbated by the sun, can be to some extent prevented by long-term tretinoin use-can be improved with hydroquinone. ...Read more

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When do people begin getting hyperpigmentation?

Depends on cause: If you are speaking of the common melasma that so many women get, it usually begins in teenage years or early adulthood associated with hormones and sun exposure. We see if frequently begin with birth control pills or pregnancy. ...Read more

Dr. Monib Zirvi
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Increased Skin Pigmentation (Definition)

Increased skin pigmentation is a clinical finding in which an area of skin is darker due ...Read more