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Changes In Skin Pigmentation
Sun, hormones, meds: Most common causes of increased pigmentation are sun exposure, hormones (ie: pregnancy, fertility treatments, oral contraceptives, hormonal replacement therapy), and medications (ie: minocycline, tetracycline, doxycycline, sulfa drugs) or combination thereof. Certain diseases associated with hormonal imbalance such as addison's or cushing's can also cause excess pigment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Skin color comes from four different pigments present in our skin: 1. Melanin - tans or browns in our skin 2. Carotenes - yellows and oranges 3. Oxygenated hemoglobin (in the arteries) - red 4. Deoxygenated hemoglobin (in the veins) - blue skin color is the ...Read more
Yes: Although there is no safe way to permanently change your pigmentation, some topical treatments such as hydroquinone, can cause temporary lightening of skin pigment and spots. A little less effective but safer for long term use are products containing kojic acid and arbutin. These products work by suppressing melanin production. Medical grade products work better than over the counter creams. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Probably not: I would suggest seeing a dermatologist for an evaluation. ...Read more
Allergies: Dark pigmentation around the eyes is commonly caused by allergy, and may be due to repeated episodes of swelling as well as itching and eye rubbing. Broken lid vessels lead to pigmentation. Certain glaucoma eye drops are known for skin pigmentation, as is Latisse (bimatoprost) for eyelash growth (if it gets onto the skin). Decreased pigmentation can occur which cholesterol deposits (xanthelasma) and vitiligo. ...Read more
What would cause splotchy skin pigmentation changes on my chest, shoulders, and neck that pop up every summer ?
Tinea versicolor: This is a benign fungal infection. The fungus prevents even tanning that becomes more apparent upon getting sun exposure, particularly in the summer. You can treat it by applying a dandruff shampoo like Nizoral (ketoconazole) for 10 minutes before showering each day for 1-2 weeks. This will often eliminate the fungus and the skin color will then gradually even out upon additional tanning. ...Read more
Skin pigmentation: Skin color comes from four different pigments present in our skin: 1. Melanin - tans or browns in our skin 2. Carotenes - yellows and oranges 3. Oxygenated hemoglobin (in the arteries) - red 4. Deoxygenated hemoglobin (in the veins) - blue skin color is the combination of these four. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I'm black & white, I have patches of tiny white dots that come and go on my body. They do not hurt.Is this because i'm bi-racial? Skin pigmentation?
Tiniaversicolor: There is a type of very mild fungal skin infection called tinia versicolor. It causes patchy loss of pigment mostly on the trunk. It may be slightly flaky. It is easily treated with topical treatment such as selsun blue. Also topical and oral anti-fungal treatment. Your pcp should be able to treat this. ...Read more
Skin pigmentation: There are various disorders of skin pigmentation. Is there a particular one you are concerned with. There are numerous treatments, not necessarily a "cure" per se for various skin pigmentation disorders. Laser therapy is often helpful for many skin pigmentation disorders. Please see your local dermatologist and/or plastic surgeon to discuss these options! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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