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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. ...Read more

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Dr. Fernando Scaglia
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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What does periorbital hypopigmentation mean?

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

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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