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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Hypopigmentation

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Can hypothyrodism be a direct cause of hypopigmentation?

Can hypothyrodism be a direct cause of hypopigmentation?

Not associated: Hypothyroidism causes many symptoms and skin manifestations like hair loss and brittle nails. Typically, when patients are treated, the skin returns to normal over time. In my practice I have not seen a relationship between hypopigmentation and hypothyroidism, nor does hypopigmentation usually improve when treating the thyroid. So other independent causes of hypopigmentation should be sought. ...Read more

Dr. Fernando Scaglia
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Hypopigmentation (Definition)

Hypopigmentation is a medical term describing areas of skin that are lighter in color than the rest of the skin. It can be present from birth or be caused by a number of conditions such as vitiligo (an autoimmune condition), fungal infection, ...Read more


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I have a pink scar that is 7 months old and my skin is brown. If I use silicone sheets will it cause more hypopigmentation? I don't want a white scar

I have a pink scar that is 7 months old and my skin is brown. If I use silicone sheets will it cause more hypopigmentation? I don't want a white scar

Silicone sheet no us: This pink color scar will gradually change its color and will be very much like your skin color .It may take take few moths to become brown in color. Sillcone sheets is not going to help in any way because this is healed scar and does not need covering .But silicone sheet does not cause hypo pigmentation. ...Read more

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Does retin a (tretinoin) cause hypopigmentation?

It can: Any injury to the skin can result in hypopigmentation. It dries out the skin and dryness can leave light spots. There are also other causes. Check with the doctor who prescribed it and see if it is the cause and if there is a better alternative for you. ...Read more

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Is it possible to fix hypopigmentation caused by co2 laser resurfacing? I'm thinking about getting co2 laser treatment for my wrinkles, but I have dark skin. Pigmentation loss would be really obvious. If it happens, would there be a way to fix it? .

CO2 laser: Co2 laser resurfacing can be ablative removing the surface of the skin to a set depth in a continuous manner in the area treated. There is also fractional co2 resurfacing. Hypopigmentation is more associated with the continuous co2 rather than fractional. The hypopigmentation can last for a very long time and may be permanent. Fractional co2 is somewhat safer but may still have side effects. ...Read more

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What is hypopigmentation?

Hypopigment: Hypo-pigmentation means that your skin is getting lighter in parts - unlikely to be your whole body. Your primary doctor and/or dermatologist should help you through this. The extent of the hypo-pigmentation will determine what management you will need. ...Read more

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How to fix hypopigmentation?

How to fix hypopigmentation?

Hypopigmentation: It is easier to treat hyperpigmentation (remove extra pigment) than to treat hypopigmentation (add more pigment). Easy things like makeup, coverup can be worn. Also permanent makeup or tattoos, if color is matched, can hide lighter areas. ...Read more