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Dr. Kathleen Gilmore
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Hyperpigmentation (Overview)

Hyperpigmentation means that there is increased color of pigment in the skin.


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What causes hyperpigmentation in children?

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

Dr. Kathleen Gilmore
248 Doctors shared insights

Hyperpigmentation (Overview)

Hyperpigmentation means that there is increased color of pigment in the skin.


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What are the symptoms of hyperpigmentation?

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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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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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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What is the best way to treat hyperpigmentation after having acne? It is light to moderate.

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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Can I treat vitiligo and hyperpigmentation at the same time?

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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How is hyperpigmentation treated?

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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What is the treatment of hyperpigmentation in some area of the face?

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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What type of anti-aging treatments are available for hyperpigmentation?

Hydroquinone: Hydroquinone is the gold standard for hyperpigmentation treatment. Make sure you are using sun protection everday. ...Read more

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Would coconut oil and tumeric help cure hyperpigmentation?

Not likely: There are many causes of hyperpigmentation for systemic disease to sun damage. Treatment for the hyperpigmentation depends upon its cause. I am not aware of any controlled studies showing th benefit from coconut oil on hyperpigmentation. ...Read more

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How do you get rid of hyperpigmentation?

How do you get rid of hyperpigmentation?

Go away dark spots: Hyperpigmentation may be caused by chronic inflammation. I al ways imagine that any time there is inflamm, the melanocytes (pigment cells) flock to the area thinking there is a party going on and just don't leave. I like rx hydroquinone and retinoids plus sunscreen. Sunscreen and hats are the most important thing. I love obagi nuderm for this and there are botanicals too but don't work as well. ...Read more

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How do symptoms of hyperpigmentation begin?

How do symptoms of hyperpigmentation begin?

Following irritation: The body forms increased amounts of pigment from a variety of mechanisms. Some are hormonal like melasma or related to endocrine diseases like adrenal gland dysfunction or liver disease. Other causes are side effects from medications or genetic diseases. Most of what we see clinically is caused by sun damage. ...Read more

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Does vibramycin (doxycycline) lead to skin hyperpigmentation as a side effect? And if so how to avoid this?

Does vibramycin (doxycycline) lead to skin hyperpigmentation as a side effect? And if so how to avoid this?

Vibramycin (doxycycline): Tetracycline antibiotics can cause hyperpigmentation of the skin - sun exposure sometimes worses this as does the higher the dose of medication. It can also cause tooth discoloration and is best avoided in children until they have their secondary teeth in place. ...Read more

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What causes hyperpigmentation?

What causes hyperpigmentation?

Skin darkening: Unfortunately there are many types of hyperpigmentation, so the answer is difficult. Post-inflammatory (after a rash or injury) types are common, but there are also endocrine (hormonal), syndromic (genetic), and metabolic or disease associated types. This is, however, a very brief list. More information would help. ...Read more

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How is hyperpigmentation treated?

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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Any home remedies for hyperpigmentation?

Any home remedies for hyperpigmentation?

Sunscreen, Retinols: In treating hyperpigmentation, it is extremely important to minimize sun exposure through sun protection and sunscreen. Products containing retinols may help to even pigmentation. There are a number of prescription medicines that help reduce excess pigment. A newer product called elure contains lignin peroxidase a natural chemical found in trees that bleaches the color of tree bark. ...Read more

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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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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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How do symptoms of hyperpigmentation begin?

Following irritation: The body forms increased amounts of pigment from a variety of mechanisms. Some are hormonal like melasma or related to endocrine diseases like adrenal gland dysfunction or liver disease. Other causes are side effects from medications or genetic diseases. Most of what we see clinically is caused by sun damage. ...Read more

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How can I get help for my hyperpigmentation?

How can I get help for my hyperpigmentation?

Go away dark spots: Hyperpigmentation may be caused by chronic inflammation. I al ways imagine that any time there is inflamm, the melanocytes (pigment cells) flock to the area thinking there is a party going on and just don't leave. I like rx hydroquinone and retinoids plus sunscreen. Sunscreen and hats are the most important thing. I love obagi nuderm for this and there are botanicals too but don't work as well. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about hyperpigmentation?

It's hard to beat: Usually worse after pregnancy and his hormone-related-markedly exacerbated by the sun, can be to some extent prevented by long-term tretinoin use-can be improved with hydroquinone. ...Read more

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When do people begin getting hyperpigmentation?

Depends on cause: If you are speaking of the common melasma that so many women get, it usually begins in teenage years or early adulthood associated with hormones and sun exposure. We see if frequently begin with birth control pills or pregnancy. ...Read more

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Could you please help me clear my hyperpigmentation?

Could you please help me clear my hyperpigmentation?

Dark Spot Treatment: First of all, there are several causes for dark spots. Dark spots caused from skin injury, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, can be treated with the following:
- hydroquinone 2% (available without a prescription) to 8% (prescription only)
- tretinoin (retin a), which works best in conjunction with hydroquinone
- Azelaic Acid (azelex)- used in pregnant woman as an alternative to hydroquinone. ...Read more

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What is the cause of hyperpigmentation? Is it serious?

Can be: Hyperpigmentation can be the result of excess acth production. The gene that codes of acth also codes for the trigger for pigment formation.

Acth is high when the pituitary makes too much (in cushing's disease) or if the adrenal glands fail (in addison's disease). ...Read more

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Can hyperpigmentation be on the left side of your body only?

Yes: A rash or infection or injury could have caused hyperpigmentation. It can also be a variant of a type of birth mark or nevus which is deeper in the skin and would be difficult even with laser to remove. ...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