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Dr. Kathleen Gilmore
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Hyperpigmentation (Overview)

Hyperpigmentation is also known as Increased skin pigmentation. Hyperpigmentation is a medical term describing areas of skin that are darker than the rest of the skin. It can be present from birth or caused by a number of conditions.


Dr. Morris Westfried
Board Certified, Dermatology
41 years in practice
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What causes hyperpigmentation in children?

Dr. Morris Westfried
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What causes hyperpigmentation in children?

Inflammation: Any rash can inflame the basal layer of skin where the pigment cells are and cause the pigment to drop into the dermis causing hyperpigmentation. This will resolve with time but can be diminished with prescription creams. ...Read more

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Dr. Kathleen Gilmore
216 doctors shared insights

Hyperpigmentation (Overview)

Hyperpigmentation is also known as Increased skin pigmentation. Hyperpigmentation is a medical term describing areas of skin that are darker than the rest of the skin. It can be present from birth or caused by a number of conditions.


Dr. Robert Jackson
Board Certified, Dermatology
38 years in practice
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How does post inflammatory hyperpigmentation/ hyperpigmentation look like on the penile skin?

Dr. Robert Jackson
Board Certified, Dermatology
38 years in practice
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It will: The skin will be a darker color than the rest of the skin. ...Read more

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Dr. Roman Bronfenbrener
Board Certified, Dermatology
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What are the symptoms of hyperpigmentation?

Dr. Roman Bronfenbrener
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What are the symptoms of hyperpigmentation?

Dark spots: Hyperpigmentation refers to areas of skin that appear to be darker than the patients normal skin color. Hyperpigmentation is usually a brown or black color. ...Read more

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Dr. Joseph Eastern
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My father was diagnosed with hyperpigmentation. Should I be worried for him?

Dr. Joseph Eastern
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39 years in practice
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My father was diagnosed with hyperpigmentation. Should I be worried for him?

Need more info: What sort of hyperpigmentation are we talking about? It's a descriptive term (darkened skin), not a diagnosis. There are literally dozens of causes for it, most of which are harmless, but we need more information to give you an honest answer to your question. ...Read more

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Dr. Danielle DeHoratius
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How do I know if I have hyperpigmentation or just dirty skin?

Dr. Danielle DeHoratius
Board Certified, Dermatology
14 years in practice
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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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Dr. Alexander Rivkin
Board Certified, Cosmetic Surgery
20 years in practice
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What is the best way to treat hyperpigmentation after having acne? It is light to moderate.

Dr. Alexander Rivkin
Board Certified, Cosmetic Surgery
20 years in practice
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What is the best way to treat hyperpigmentation after having acne? It is light to moderate.

Chemical peel vs IPL: Depending on your skin tone, either a chemical peel or ipl would be a good option. Ipl is not great for darker skin types or asians. But chemical peel has a few days of downtime. ...Read more

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Dr. Joseph Eastern
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Can I treat vitiligo and hyperpigmentation at the same time?

Dr. Joseph Eastern
Board Certified, Dermatology
39 years in practice
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Can I treat vitiligo and hyperpigmentation at the same time?

Sure.: Treatments are different, obviously, but there is no reason you can't treat both the white spots and the dark spots simultaneously. The latter responds much better and more rapidly to treatment, however. ...Read more

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Dr. Otto Placik
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How is hyperpigmentation treated?

Dr. Otto Placik
Board Certified, Plastic Surgery
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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

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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Board Certified, Dermatology
52 years in practice
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Which is better for treating African American hyperpigmentation?a cream with hydroquinone or a superficial chemical peel such as salicylic or jessner

Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Board Certified, Dermatology
52 years in practice
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Which is better for treating African American hyperpigmentation?a cream with hydroquinone or a superficial chemical peel such as salicylic or jessner

See a dermatologist: Maybe both. Either one can sometimes make it darker.Treatment of the acne is paramount. ...Read more

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Dr. Peterson Pierre
Board Certified, Dermatology
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What is the treatment of hyperpigmentation in some area of the face?

Dr. Peterson Pierre
Board Certified, Dermatology
19 years in practice
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What is the treatment of hyperpigmentation in some area of the face?

Hyperpigmentation: You must a sunblock, at least spf 30, preferably with zinc so the discoloration doesn't get worse and so your treatment has a chance to work. Otc: glycolic acid, kojic acid, retinol, hydroquinone. If those don't work, see your dermatologist for products that are very effective. ...Read more

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Dr. Monib Zirvi
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Increased Skin Pigmentation (Definition)

Increased skin pigmentation is a clinical finding in which an area of skin is darker due ...Read more


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