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Dr. Fernando Scaglia
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Hypopigmentation (Overview)

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What are the tests that indicate hypopigmentation?

What are the tests that indicate hypopigmentation?

Light skin spots: Hypopigmentation or light skin spots, may be diagnosed easily in the office by a machine called a woods lamp. This is like a "black light". Causes of hypopigmentation are a decrease of melanin, melanocytes or the Amino Acid tyrosine. Sometimes a fungus of the skin may cause hypopigmentation so a simple culture of the skin can diagnose the cause. Complete loss of skin pigment is called vitiligo.

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Dr. Fernando Scaglia
103 Doctors shared insights

Hypopigmentation (Overview)

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What are the symptoms of hypopigmentation?

Lose of skin color: Hypopigmentation is a lightening or loss of skin color. It is a sign, not a symptom.

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Does retin a (tretinoin) cause hypopigmentation?

It can: Any injury to the skin can result in hypopigmentation. It dries out the skin and dryness can leave light spots. There are also other causes. Check with the doctor who prescribed it and see if it is the cause and if there is a better alternative for you.

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What does periorbital hypopigmentation mean?

MMay have: You may have vitiligo. See dermatologist for evaluation and to discuss treatment options.

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hypopigmentation on my lip in 6months is it treatable?

hypopigmentation on my lip in 6months is it treatable?

Depends on cause: You might want to see dermatologist because there are so many wide varieties of causes for hypo-pigmentation of lips

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What can I do to treat hypopigmentation from ipl laser?

Hypopigmentation: It is easier to treat hyperpigmentation (remove extra pigment) than to treat hypopigmentation (add more pigment). Easy things like makeup, coverup can be worn. Also permanent makeup or tattoos, if color is matched, can hide lighter areas.

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Can hypopigmentation (vitiligo) on my forehead be treated with dandruff shampoo?

Can hypopigmentation (vitiligo) on my forehead be treated with dandruff shampoo?

Hairline: If it from vitiligo, it will not help. If it is flaky and whitish it may be seborrhea and then it may help.

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How effective are skin grafts in treating hypopigmentation?

Not recommended: Skin grafts are major and expensive surgery, which would not be considered for a non- health- or life-threatening problem such as hypopigmentation.

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Will self tanners, spray tan, or tanning beds help get rid of hypopigmentation?

Maybe temporarily: But I would suggest that you see a dermatologist to determine the cause of your hypopigmentation. There are multiple metabolic and immunologic etiologies which can cause hypopigmentation and it may be in your best interest to get to the root cause rather than merely covering it up cosmetically.

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What is hypopigmentation?

Hypopigment: Hypo-pigmentation means that your skin is getting lighter in parts - unlikely to be your whole body. Your primary doctor and/or dermatologist should help you through this. The extent of the hypo-pigmentation will determine what management you will need.

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How to fix hypopigmentation?

How to fix hypopigmentation?

Hypopigmentation: It is easier to treat hyperpigmentation (remove extra pigment) than to treat hypopigmentation (add more pigment). Easy things like makeup, coverup can be worn. Also permanent makeup or tattoos, if color is matched, can hide lighter areas.

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What are the symptoms of hypopigmentation?

Lose of skin color: Hypopigmentation is a lightening or loss of skin color. It is a sign, not a symptom.

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What are the tests that indicate hypopigmentation?

Light skin spots: Hypopigmentation or light skin spots, may be diagnosed easily in the office by a machine called a woods lamp. This is like a "black light". Causes of hypopigmentation are a decrease of melanin, melanocytes or the Amino Acid tyrosine. Sometimes a fungus of the skin may cause hypopigmentation so a simple culture of the skin can diagnose the cause. Complete loss of skin pigment is called vitiligo.

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Is there a connection between ginger and hypopigmentation?

Is there a connection between ginger and hypopigmentation?

Ginger: There is a small number of complications related to ginger and if you have noticed hypo-pigmentation only after you started taking ginger you should see your doctor as soon as you can. Of course you should also stop taking ginger till all questions are resolved.

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Can hypothyrodism be a direct cause of hypopigmentation?

Not associated: Hypothyroidism causes many symptoms and skin manifestations like hair loss and brittle nails. Typically, when patients are treated, the skin returns to normal over time. In my practice I have not seen a relationship between hypopigmentation and hypothyroidism, nor does hypopigmentation usually improve when treating the thyroid. So other independent causes of hypopigmentation should be sought.

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Will bio oil help hypopigmentation?

Will bio oil help hypopigmentation?

Oh, HECK yes!: Hi. Just kidding, of course. Bio oil is more appropriately referred to as "SNAKE OIL". Spend your money on it. The snake oil salespeople will LOVE you!

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What does periorbital hypopigmentation mean?

MMay have: You may have vitiligo. See dermatologist for evaluation and to discuss treatment options.

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