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Can hyperpigmentation be on the left side of your body only?

Can hyperpigmentation be on the left side of your body only?

Yes: A rash or infection or injury could have caused hyperpigmentation. It can also be a variant of a type of birth mark or nevus which is deeper in the skin and would be difficult even with laser to remove. ...Read more

Dr. Monib Zirvi
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Increased Skin Pigmentation (Definition)

Increased skin pigmentation = more color due to having more pigment in the outermost layer of ...Read more


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How to stop hyperpigmentation? It occurs to some areas on my body even though I am cleaning my body everyday and scrubbing every the other day.

How to stop hyperpigmentation? It occurs to some areas on my body even though I am cleaning my body everyday and scrubbing every the other day.

Get checked: Your hyperpigmentation is apparently not a hygiene issue. Not sure what it is, but there may be an allergy, medication reaction, or hormonal issue, among other considerations. Do see a clinician, get checked, & find out for sure. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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What are some hereditary causes of entire body brown hyperpigmentation that passes from motherto daughter?

Hereditary hyperpigm: Skin hyperpigmentation can be hereditary and can be passed on to family members with variable phenotypic expression. ...Read more

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I got a few foliculitis inflammations on my butt that left a dark hyperpigmentation mark. How can I remove the mark?

I got a few foliculitis inflammations on my butt that left a dark hyperpigmentation mark. How can I remove the mark?

Give it time: Inflammation may leave a mark for some time. It would be better to let it heal by itself. Intervention may make matters worse. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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I have itching on the sides of my abdomen only and then hyperpigmentation occurs as dark spots in the same area. Why is this happening?

I have itching on the sides of my abdomen only and then hyperpigmentation occurs as dark spots in the same area. Why is this happening?

Sometimes scratching: Itchy spots results in that area becoming hyper pigmented...a persistent stimulation of skin cells. It is called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Other causes could be a fungal problem called tinea versicolor. Acanthosis nigracans is a hyper pigmentation problem but tends to occur in skin folds. Try moisturizing more and possible OTC cortisone cream. If persists, consult a Dermatologist:) ...Read more

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Dark spotty rash from waxing face with a body wax. I think its hyperpigmentation. How do I get the skin to peel?

Dark spotty rash from waxing face with a body wax. I think its hyperpigmentation. How do I get the skin to peel?

Hyerpigmentation: Please see a Dermatologist, there are creams available to help with your situation. ...Read more

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Female, Asian, 19. Only get acne on right side of face leaving hyperpigmentation. Wash sheets/face regularly with acne scrub. Any tips for treatment?

Female, Asian, 19. Only get acne on right side of face leaving hyperpigmentation. Wash sheets/face regularly with acne scrub. Any tips for treatment?

See a dermatologist: Tretinoin (Retin A) or adapalene prescription will reduce the acne and the post-inflamatory hyperpigmentation. Depending on the severity of the acne, as well as your emotional reaction to it, you may also consider prescription SPIRONLACTONE, an antiandrogen. Very effective. Very safe except not if pregnant or in kidney failure. ...Read more

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Do chemical peels work for removing hyperpigmentation left behind by acne on the back? I have dark skin.

Do chemical peels work for removing hyperpigmentation left behind by acne on the back? I have dark skin.

Not So Simple: Chemical peels are used most often on the face, because the face heals better than other parts of the body. They are also more predictable the lighter your skin. Since peels irritate as they remove pigmentation there is a chance that they can cause pigmentation, sometimes more than the peel removes. Seek a qualified dermatologist to review your options. ...Read more

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Does vibramycin (doxycycline) lead to skin hyperpigmentation as a side effect? And if so how to avoid this?

Does vibramycin (doxycycline) lead to skin hyperpigmentation as a side effect? And if so how to avoid this?

Vibramycin (doxycycline): Tetracycline antibiotics can cause hyperpigmentation of the skin - sun exposure sometimes worses this as does the higher the dose of medication. It can also cause tooth discoloration and is best avoided in children until they have their secondary teeth in place. ...Read more

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Went from no pimples/to severe pimples which left icepick scars and hyperpigmentation. My skin is so hideous now. What caused this?

Went from no pimples/to severe pimples which left icepick scars and hyperpigmentation. My skin is so hideous now. What caused this?

Acne: Cystic acne may lead to scarring and darkened skin. A dermatologist can treat any active breakouts to avoid future scarring. For existing scarring and darkened areas there are chemicals peels, laser treatments. Injectable fillers or laviv, fading creams, etc. See a dermatologist for a treatment plan. ...Read more

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Is there any efficient treatment for stevens-johnson syndrome hyperpigmentation? It's been a year since my daughter had sjs, but now she has hyperpigmentation all over her body. Is there any specific type of cream or laser treatment that would help?

Is there any efficient treatment for stevens-johnson syndrome hyperpigmentation? It's been a year since my daughter had sjs, but now she has hyperpigmentation all over her body. Is there any specific type of cream or laser treatment that would help?

Skin peeling: Steven johnson syndrome may cause skin peeling mimicking a 3rd degree burn. As the result, hyperpigmentation may follow. There are bleaching cream for this condition but it would not be safe or practical to apply over the entire body. I suspect that this condition would fade with time but consult a dermatologist if it does not improve in a few months. This is truly a frightening reaction. ...Read more

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I used wax strips for my upper lip which formed a scab. I am now left with a dark black mark, I think due to hyperpigmentation. Is this treatable?

Common, Not Serious: Post inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH) is common in patients of color after any inflammatory trauma (cut, burn, surgery). This commonly fades with time, but can take months. Avoid intense sun exposure until cleared. Prescription topical hydroquinone (HQ) creams can sometimes speed resolution. A dermatologist or facial plastic surgeon can hook you up. ...Read more

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I was given tretinoin 0.025% for suspected hyperpigmentation under my eyes. What adverse side effects are there using it on such a sensitive area?

I was given tretinoin 0.025% for suspected hyperpigmentation under my eyes. What adverse side effects are there using it on such a sensitive area?

Inflammation: Generally speaking retin- a is not typically used around the eyes due to sensitivity manifested by marked inflammation (redness, swelling). When used for hyperpigmentation it is commonly combined with a steroid cream and/or hydroquinone and/or kojic acid. ...Read more

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What causes hyperpigmentation?

Skin darkening: Unfortunately there are many types of hyperpigmentation, so the answer is difficult. Post-inflammatory (after a rash or injury) types are common, but there are also endocrine (hormonal), syndromic (genetic), and metabolic or disease associated types. This is, however, a very brief list. More information would help. ...Read more

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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?

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 don't 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

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Could you please help me clear my hyperpigmentation?

Could you please help me clear my hyperpigmentation?

Dark Spot Treatment: First of all, there are several causes for dark spots. Dark spots caused from skin injury, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, can be treated with the following:
- hydroquinone 2% (available without a prescription) to 8% (prescription only)
- tretinoin (retin a), which works best in conjunction with hydroquinone
- Azelaic Acid (azelex)- used in pregnant woman as an alternative to hydroquinone. ...Read more

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What is the cause of hyperpigmentation? Is it serious?

Can be: Hyperpigmentation can be the result of excess acth production. The gene that codes of acth also codes for the trigger for pigment formation.

Acth is high when the pituitary makes too much (in cushing's disease) or if the adrenal glands fail (in addison's disease). ...Read more

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Hydroxychlorquin caused hyperpigmentation what is the manegement?

Stop it: Unless you have no alternative or unless you tolerate the pigmentation. You neglected to indicate the reason for using it, the dose, or the duration. ...Read more

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Are there any OTC medications that I can take for hyperpigmentation?

Hyper pigmentation: Hello, depending on the location, a short course of OTC mild cortisone cream may help. Use it sparingly 2-3/day for no longer than 14 days. A skin care specialist may recommend a laser treatment like we use in our office. Good luck. ...Read more

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I'm afraid I may have hyperpigmentation due to squeezing blemishes. Is this possible and if so how can it be solved.?

Improve not remove: Many options exist for cosmetic improvement and include anti-inflammatories, peels, exfoliation, lasers, resurfacing, bleaching, excision, grafting, fillers, and much more, scars vary in their severity and so do the treatments. See a plastic surgeon, dermatologist or ENT for options. ...Read more

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How long does it take for hyperpigmentation marks to disappear completely? What can I use to eliminate them much faster?

Weeks to months: Hyperpigmentation marks can take several weeks to months to disappear and vary depending on the cause for the pigment changes such as sun damage or post inflammatory changes whether from surgery or trauma for example. A good skin care regimen with moisturizers, gentle cleansers and exfoliants with the addition of quality sunblocks can expedite the process. ...Read more

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Is hyperpigmentation a part of hypopituitarism?

Is hyperpigmentation a part of hypopituitarism?

No: Not typically as hyperpigmentation if due to adrenal insufficiency, is because there is increased acth hormone signaling. This latter hormone is often missing in individuals with steroid dependent hypopituitarism. ...Read more

Dr. Kathleen Gilmore
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Hyperpigmentation (Definition)

Hyperpigmentation means that there is increased color of ...Read more