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Dr. Kathleen Gilmore
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Hyperpigmentation (Definition)

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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Menopause (Tip)

Menopause

Hot flashes, weight gain; estrogen level falling; hormone replacement! ...See more

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Living with Skin Cancer (Checklist)

Get regular checks with your dermatologist
Yearly
Use SPF 30 sunblock
Daily
Stay out of sun from 10am to 2pm
Daily
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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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Eat Healthier (Tip)

Eat Healthier

Eat natural foods; the processed foods cause weight gain; limit packaged foods. ...See more

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Living with Skin Cancer (Checklist)

Avoid sun exposure between 10 am and 2 pm
daily
Apply sunscreen
2x day
Wear a hat outdoors on sunny days
daily
See dermatologist for check ups
2x year
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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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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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