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Doctor insights on: Hypothyroidism Loss Of Skin Pigmentation

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Is there any cures in sight for skin pigmentation loss.

Is there any cures in sight for skin pigmentation loss.

Possibly: Uvb-nb light treatment may be helpful for some people. However if it is from an autoimmune disorder, then the chances of improvement are unlikely. ...Read more

Skin Pigmentation (Definition)

Skin color comes from four different pigments present in our skin: 1. Melanin - tans or browns in our skin 2. Carotenes - yellows and oranges 3. Oxygenated hemoglobin (in the arteries) - red 4. Deoxygenated hemoglobin (in the veins) - blue skin color is the ...Read more


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Do most skin pigmentation disorders affect a person’s overall health?

Do most skin pigmentation disorders affect a person’s overall health?

No: Most skin pigmentation disorders do not affect a person's overall health. However, they can be associated with other health concerns. Patients should seek evaluation any time there is a new or changing skin pigmentation issue to obtain a proper diagnosis and have other associated diseases assessed. For example, vitiligo is not dangerous in itself, it is associated with thyroid disorders. ...Read more

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What could cause changes in skin pigmentation?

What could cause changes in skin pigmentation?

Sun, hormones, meds: Most common causes of increased pigmentation are sun exposure, hormones (ie: pregnancy, fertility treatments, oral contraceptives, hormonal replacement therapy), and medications (ie: minocycline, tetracycline, doxycycline, sulfa drugs) or combination thereof. Certain diseases associated with hormonal imbalance such as addison's or cushing's can also cause excess pigment. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: skin pigmentation?

Skin pigmentation: Skin color comes from four different pigments present in our skin: 1. Melanin - tans or browns in our skin 2. Carotenes - yellows and oranges 3. Oxygenated hemoglobin (in the arteries) - red 4. Deoxygenated hemoglobin (in the veins) - blue skin color is the combination of these four. ...Read more

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I want to change my skin pigmentation. Is there a way to do so?

I want to change my skin pigmentation. Is there a way to do so?

Yes: Although there is no safe way to permanently change your pigmentation, some topical treatments such as hydroquinone, can cause temporary lightening of skin pigment and spots. A little less effective but safer for long term use are products containing kojic acid and arbutin. These products work by suppressing melanin production. Medical grade products work better than over the counter creams. ...Read more

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What exactly causes a skin pigmentation disorder?

What exactly causes a skin pigmentation disorder?

Various: Skin pigmentation can be affected by heriditary disorders, drugs, infections, inflammation, sun exposure, skin cancers, immune diseases or even tumors of internal organs. You are probably referring to vitiligo, which is essentially a auto-immune condition or to albinism, which is genetic. ...Read more

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Can lupus cause a skin pigmentation disorder?

Can lupus cause a skin pigmentation disorder?

Yes: There are several different kinds of lupus. Classic lupus often presents with a butterfly rash across the nose and cheeks. Cutaneous lupus may present with a number of different skin lesions. Alopecia (hair loss) may also occur with lupus. ...Read more

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Hypothyroidism (Definition)

When the thyroid gland is overactive and too much thyroid hormone is produced, which speeds up metabolism. This results in weight loss, a quick heartbeat, sweating, nervousness, ...Read more