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Doctor insights on: Frequent Hypopigmentation

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What is hypopigmentation?

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

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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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

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What are the symptoms of hypopigmentation?

Lose of skin color: Hypopigmentation is a lightening or loss of skin color. It is a sign, not a symptom. ...Read more

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What are the tests that indicate hypopigmentation?

Light skin spots: Hypopigmentation or light skin spots, may be diagnosed easily in the office by a machine called a woods lamp. This is like a "black light". Causes of hypopigmentation are a decrease of melanin, melanocytes or the Amino Acid tyrosine. Sometimes a fungus of the skin may cause hypopigmentation so a simple culture of the skin can diagnose the cause. Complete loss of skin pigment is called vitiligo. ...Read more

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Is there a connection between ginger and hypopigmentation?

Is there a connection between ginger and hypopigmentation?

Ginger: There is a small number of complications related to ginger and if you have noticed hypo-pigmentation only after you started taking ginger you should see your doctor as soon as you can. Of course you should also stop taking ginger till all questions are resolved. ...Read more

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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

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What are natural ways to return melanin to hypopigmentation skin?

Depends: If hypopigmentation is from trauma, then tincture of time will work. Very light sun exposure will help but be careful not to burn . Self tanning creams are preferred to sun exposure, however. If from vitiligo, then best coordinate with a dermatologist ...Read more

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How effective are skin grafts in treating hypopigmentation?

Not recommended: Skin grafts are major and expensive surgery, which would not be considered for a non- health- or life-threatening problem such as hypopigmentation. ...Read more