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How can hydroquinone turn skin darker and cause hyperpigmentation?

How can hydroquinone turn skin darker and cause hyperpigmentation?

Exogenous ochronosis: Higher strengths and persistent, sustained use of hydroquinone (eg 6 months or more) especially in darker skin types are risk factors for exogenous ochronosis. This results in brownish-yellow pigmented globules in the skin's collagen layers. Prevention is key by avoiding excessive use! ...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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Is laser skin resurfacing an effective procedure for facial hyperpigmentation caused by addison's disease?

Is laser skin resurfacing an effective procedure for facial hyperpigmentation caused by addison's disease?

Possibly: Thanks for an excellent question. I would reccomend you see a board certified dermatologist to exam your pigmentation and skin quality prior to adding any laser energy. ...Read more

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My brother has what appears to be hyperpigmentation/dark spots all over his skin. What is the cause? And is there a cure? I think laser treatments?

My brother has what appears to be hyperpigmentation/dark spots all over his skin. What is the cause? And is there a cure? I think laser treatments?

Let him see a: A primary care dr and a dermatologist. It could be a sign of problems with stomach, intestinal, pancreatic, adrenal problems or tumor (less likely) etcgive us some feedback! ...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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Can a male yeast infection cause post inflammatory hyperpigmentation on the penis skin?

Can a male yeast infection cause post inflammatory hyperpigmentation on the penis skin?

Yes indeed: Any reason for irritation of the skin can lead to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation of your skin. This can take months to settle down and in extremely rare cases can lead to permanent hyperpigmentation, even after the inflammation/infection has cleared. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have hyperpigmentation or just dirty skin?

How do I know if I have hyperpigmentation or just dirty skin?

Alcohol: Retained keratinocytes, or skin cells, can often be removed using an alcohol soaked gauze or cotton pad and gentle rubbing. If the area doesn't change it is possible hyperpigmentation. ...Read more

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I want to make my skin peel and flake so new skin comes up faster and hyperpigmentation is gone! How can I do that?!

Hyperpigmentation: There are several ways to help hyperpigmentation. You can use creams containing hydroquinone which may lighten dark spots. You can also get in office chemical peels which may contain acids and brightening products to lighten and peel. The most important essential step is limiting sun exposure and using spf 30 with sunblock. ...Read more

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Hyperpigmentation dark spot after contact dermartitis still on skin after almost 3 months. Not changingin.3 months. Why this long and when will it go?

Hyperpigmentation dark spot after contact dermartitis still on skin after almost 3 months. Not changingin.3 months. Why this long and when will it go?

See a dermatologist: Zinc and valerian pills are a waste of money. They may also have side effects. You will not solve this on the internet. A dermatologist can sort it out and help you. ...Read more

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Are big pathes of hyperpigmentation on the skin common in lupus?

Are big pathes of hyperpigmentation on the skin common in lupus?

It can happen.: In individuals with lupus and skin involvement, the pattern of inflammation seen microscopically is an interface pattern. Inflammatory cells in this pattern involve the junction of the epidermis and dermis. Melanocytes are located in this area, and the pigmentation of epidermal cells is disrupted. In some individuals, this results in hyperpigmentation; in others, there can be hypopigmentation. ...Read more

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Will you still get post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation if you don't let that part of the skin see sunlight for months?

Yes, if prone to it.: Good question! Sunlight does not cause pih, but it can make it worse once it occurs. So pih can still occur on non-sun-exposed skin (if you are prone it) -- but it will go away faster if no sunlight hits it. (or if you wear a good sunscreen lotion every day). ...Read more

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My mom has always had bad hyperpigmentation and skin darkening. I used to have clear skin but when I turned 18 my skin started becoming like mom. Help!?

Avoid the sun: Many causes but very common for women is melasma. Heat and sun and hormones make it worse. Use spf 30 or higher with at least 5% zinc oxide or titanium dioxide as soon as you wake up in the am and reapply every 2 hrs plus a hat. There are many bleaching creams out there and chemical peels but must be done under a dermatologist supervision as if not used correctly, can make the pigment worse. ...Read more

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Will Alma laser Clearlift plus get rid of dark circles and hyperpigmentation on a light brown skin?

Will Alma laser Clearlift plus get rid of dark circles and hyperpigmentation on a light brown skin?

Can: Yes this Laser could help you need to consult a dermatologist plastic surgeon or doctor uses lasers for specific advice. Then generally they want to try a small test area to see if your skin becomes too late or too dark or normal appearing with the treatment ...Read more

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I want a medication name for post inflammatory hyperpigmentation my skin is oilywith some red marks on my face?

I want a medication name for post inflammatory hyperpigmentation my skin is oilywith some red marks on my face?

Hyperpigmentation: A variety of topical treatments have been used to treat epidermal postinflammatory hyperpigmentation, with varying degrees of success. These agents include hydroquinone, tretinoin cream, corticosteroids, glycolic acid (ga), and azelaic acid. Lightening of hyperpigmented areas may be achieved with a combination of topical creams and gels, chemical peels and sunscreens. ...Read more

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Brown skin color. 5 on a scale of 6. I have 2, 3 inch spot of hyperpigmentation from 10yr ago from using epila laser. How do I reverse it?

Brown skin color. 5 on a scale of 6. I have 2, 3 inch spot of hyperpigmentation from 10yr ago from using epila laser. How do I reverse it?

Unlikely to reverse: It sounds like the hyperpigmented skin is a side-effect from the laser. There are creams that you can buy over the counter to help with sun and age spots, but it is unlikely that your skin tone will return to normal after all this time. In general, the laser therapies result in skin discoloration that commercial advertisements do not disclose. Try the creams first, then see a dermatologist next. ...Read more

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2 months ago I broke out in severe acne, and now I still have some of the hyperpigmentation marks on my skin, how long does it usually take to go?

Two or three months: Get with your physicain and see if there's not something you can have handy in case you can tell another flare is coming. If you want to try bleaching the pigmented spots, a hydroquinone skin bleach might help but don't overuse it. ...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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I want a cream for post acne red hyperpigmentation my skin is sensitive and oily?

Multiple choices: Acne scars that are dark can be faded by prescriptions containing hydroquinone or products such as finacea. Red acne scars can be faded using laser treatment or treatment with intense pulsed light. Consult a dermatologist to see what would work best for you. ...Read more

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Do your skin peel with a light chemical peel? I'm trying to get rid of hyperpigmentation but only want a light peel. I'm African American

Do your skin peel with a light chemical peel? I'm trying to get rid of hyperpigmentation but only want a light peel. I'm African American

Yes it does: Yes it peels and that is why it is called peel. The chemicals used cause peeling of superficial skin layer. I don't know why you want to go through peel I suggest you consult a Dermatologist for your skin condition as there are other modalities available like Lasers and some creams which may be better option for your skin problem. We don't know how old you are&skin condi ...Read more

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Does skin hyperpigmentation after an acne scab go away? My face patches are smooth yet have been there for a month. If they do go away, how long?

Does skin hyperpigmentation after an acne scab go away? My face patches are smooth yet have been there for a month. If they do go away, how long?

Acne hyperpigment: Generally they will go away, but often can take up to a year or more. Sun protection is critical, as continued sun exposure will prolong the time (like keeping a tan). Daily sunscreen use and sun protection will help speed things along. ...Read more

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I had abnormal skin hyperpigmentation and excessive acne during my early teens that started to disappear as I got older. What could be the reason?

I had abnormal skin hyperpigmentation and excessive acne during my early teens that started to disappear as I got older. What could be the reason?

Hormonal: Acne is very common in teenagers and most patients grow out of it. Some patients who had deep acne end of scars while in others no residual effect stays. ...Read more

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