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Can Hyperpigmentation Be On The Left Side Of Your Body Only
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.
What are some hereditary causes of entire body brown hyperpigmentation that passes from motherto daughter?
After a reaction to a medication, left with hyperpigmentation. Who should I see and what would they do or usually prescribe? Anything I can do?
Hyperpigmentation: I suggest seeing a dermatologist.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
I have post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation from psoriasis all over my body and I've had it for years. I'm brown skinned from hawaii, help me fade it!
Please see: Please see your dermatologist for evaluation and to discuss treatment options. ...Read more
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
How to prevent or stop hyperpigmentation from spreading on my body. I have been getting darker between my inner thighs and on my arms?
See derm: See a dermatologist to get this treated. It may involve weight loss. ...Read more
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
Can the photofacial procedure be performed on any part of the body? I have some patches of hyperpigmentation on the back of my shoulders. Can the photofacial procedure be used to treat them? Can it be used to treat the varicose veins on the backs of my le
Hyperpig/IPL: Maybe best to see dermatologist in person to evaluation the hyperpigmemtation issues. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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?
Can benzoyl peroxide really cause premature aging of the skin? And will it worsen or prolong the hyperpigmentations of acne? What are the proven side effects of it and how can I avoid it?
I have hyperpigmentation on mole after injury onit. It left a grey ring around it. Can I use salicylic and ascorbic acid given by doctor for cure?
Red rashes on 30% body areas, blood clots under skin + finger arthritis + hyperpigmentation on palm, soles, knee + black nodules on legs. Causes?
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
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 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
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
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
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
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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