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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.


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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

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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.


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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?

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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Which is better for treating African American hyperpigmentation?a cream with hydroquinone or a superficial chemical peel such as salicylic or jessner

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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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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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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