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Hyperpigmentation 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
Benzoyl peroxide: I usually recommend benzoyl peroxide for the acne as a first line treatment. If that is not helping you could ask your doctor for a prescription of Retin-A or depending on the type of acne (comedonal, pustular, or cystic) you may need antibiotics. See your MD if it is not getting better. As far as the discoloration of skin, I would see your doctor, because there are many causes for discoloration ...Read more
Photosensitivity: Retin-a causes photosensitivity (increased sensitivity to the sun) which can over time without proper sun protection cause hyperpigmentation or darkening of the skin. Retin-a is used to help improve brown spots and sun damage but it's important for one to be diligent about avoiding the sun or using proper sun protection if using retin-a. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Recommendation : Not sure that patchy mark on scalp and face the same that on the chest. Need to see these. But patchy marks on chest at your age most likely tinea versicolor that often happens at hot weather with a lot of sweating. It could be successfully treated with special shampooing. You need to see a doctor for prescription. And keep yourself dry. ...Read more
Equalizes skin color: The energy from the laser ruptures cells containing melanin (the dark pigment in skin), allowing it to be absorbed and removed by the large "police cells" in your skin (Macrophages and Langerhans cells). May sometimes help to reduce the appearance of scarring from acne (pimples). ...Read more
Hyperpigmentation: Hyperpigmentation (or darkened skin) is caused by a variety of things. Here are a few common causes: 1) ultraviolet sunlight 2) hormones in the body (can be related to pregnancy - melasma) 3) post-inflammation from any number of causes (hair plucking, acne, trauma, harsh skin care products or laser treatments) treatment may include time, skin lighteners, ipl laser, sun protection. Hope this helps. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: In patients with darker skin types, any cause of redness or inflammation can heal with darker spots, called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (pih). The best way to prevent this is to control the redness/inflammation early, by treating the ringworm if that is the cause of redness. Pih takes months or years to fade once the original rash has been treated. ...Read more
Will the rash caused by scabies wreck any of the ink in my tattoos? Will the burrowing cause any kind of scarring on top of the skin?
Unlikely, but . . .: Inflammation, rash, and scratching has a potential to cause your body to degrade and absorb some of the tattoo ink in localized spots. Cure the scabies, don't scratch in the meantime, and watch those sexual contacts. There are worse things that can happen than your tats fading a bit. ...Read more
Dermatologist: The face-lightening creams aren't much help. Nobody can reverse a scar, but our 21st-century dermatologists have several different options to make the scars less visible -- a couple of hollywood stars have recently had their disappear, while others actually choose to keep them to give their faces character. You should know you have many choices here; you decide what's right. ...Read more
Quite a few options: For treatment of acne, over-the-counter benzoyl peroxide gel/cream is quite helpful. If desired, a doctor can add an antibiotic gel/cream such as Cleocin (clindamycin) gel. If more help is needed, prescription retinoids such as Retin-A or Differin gel can be used instead of benzoyl peroxide. Oral antibiotics such as tetracycline can be used also. If acne is quite severe, a dermatologist can help. ...Read more
A few options: First, if the scar is red or swollen, use an over-the-counter cortisone cream to calm the skin. You can also do laser therapy or filler therapy, within one to three sessions, laser skin resurfacing using fractionated laser technology can even out the skin surface and increase new collagen formation to help fill in acne scars. Wear plenty of sunscreen, sun makes the scars worse. Hope this helped :]. ...Read more
Skin color hormone: Melanin is the primary cause of darkening skin color. Other pathologic conditions that can darken the skin include diabetes (hyperinsulinemia causes acanthosis nigricans), hemochromatosis (iron deposition disease), addison's disease (low adrenal glan function). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many causes: Red cheeks can be a sign of sunburn, rosacea, cellulitis, acne, lupus, side effects of medications (flushing symptoms), dermatitis due to topical preparations/soaps/lotions, signs of viral infection (exanthems), just to name a few. Get to a doctor so they can look at this and begin to tender a diagnosis. Only then could a proper recommendation and/or treatment be made to get rid of the redness. ...Read more
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