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Doctor insights on: Pigment Change In My Skin

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How could skin change color without a change in melanin production?

How could skin change color without a change in melanin production?

Spray tan: There are several brands in every pharmacy. Overload with silver or iron cause peculiar color changes. Swimming in grape juice works for me. ...Read more

Pigment (Definition)

Any chemical which has a color (minerals also) can be said to have a pigment. Such chemicals are responsible for the colors of the skin, the hair, the eyes and things we don't ordinary see such as the brown ...Read more


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In what way can skin change color without a change in melanin production?

In what way can skin change color without a change in melanin production?

Medical problems: If you have liver damage or certain types of cancer, kidney failure, anemia, and other medical conditions you can have changes in your color tones. Hormone medication as well as pregnancy can cause melasma and some prescriptions can also give those side effects. Speak with your doctor about your medical condition, medication list, or diet (too many carrots) and see if you can get help with this. ...Read more

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How can the skin change color without a change in melanin production?

How can the skin change color without a change in melanin production?

Skin color: There are other pigments that contibute to skin color besides melanin. For example, people can get brownish discoloration on their lower legs from hemosiderin which results from bleeding into the skin and degradation of the hemoglobin. Liver disease can lead to jaundice which would be a yellowish color. Some medication can color the skin. ...Read more

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Can skin change color when spending years in the sun (permanantely)?

Yes: Long term skin damage can age the skin, increase wrinkles, darken the skin, and dry out the skin. It is important to protect the skin from the sun to avoid cancer and the dry, dark, aging, look that people often liken to a leather look. It excellerates the aging process. ...Read more

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What causes my skin to change colour in the shower?

What causes my skin to change colour in the shower?

Heat reaction: Oten time a hot shower can set off a red flush response of the skin. A streak of red from scratching or pressing the skin or any reacion to hot water can be quite benign unless you actually burn the skin and then the burn does need to be treated. ...Read more

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What can cause a change in skin pigmentation around the eyes?

What can cause a change in skin pigmentation around the eyes?

Allergies: Dark pigmentation around the eyes is commonly caused by allergy, and may be due to repeated episodes of swelling as well as itching and eye rubbing. Broken lid vessels lead to pigmentation. Certain glaucoma eye drops are known for skin pigmentation, as is Latisse (bimatoprost) for eyelash growth (if it gets onto the skin). Decreased pigmentation can occur which cholesterol deposits (xanthelasma) and vitiligo. ...Read more

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How come my skin color changes in places that don't see sunlight?

How come my skin color changes in places that don't see sunlight?

Many reasons: Skin color changes can occur for a variety of reasons. A person may look yellow because of liver problems, bruised because of blood disorders, or red because of a variety of skin problems. ...Read more

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Beauty marks appeared in the summer no change in them wondering if it was because of the sun and that I have dry skin. Also noticed a tiny brown freckle underneath my left eye lid?

Beauty marks appeared in the summer no change in them wondering if it was because of the sun and that I have dry skin. Also noticed a tiny brown freckle underneath my left eye lid?

Time for skin check: Schedule an appointment with a doctor specializing in the skin known as a Dermatologist. They can do a full body skin examination and address your individual concerns. Remember to wear Sun screen all year round ...Read more

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Could sitting in the sun fix the pigmentated skin on my face?

Could sitting in the sun fix the pigmentated skin on my face?

If by "fix": You mean make it more or less permanent, Yes ...Read more

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My underarms and my groin area is very dark in complexion. Is there any way to lighten the skin tone in my underarms and groin area?

My underarms and my groin area is very dark in complexion. Is there any way to lighten the skin tone in my underarms and groin area?

Hyper pigmentation: This is most commonly the result of chronic friction, heat and moisture in these areas and is very common. Fungal infection can be ruled out by an examination, which I would recommend before any treatment is given. Bleaching creams may help if used for prolonged periods of time, but can irritate so proceed slowly. ...Read more

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How can I change my dark skin color to lighter color?

How can I change my dark skin color to lighter color?

Few modalities: There are some topical medicines like hydroquinone and tretinoin, chemical peels and depigmenting agents. Lasers are also being employed, but only over a short area. Getting full body skin lightening is currently not possible. Rather than mess around with treatments at home - i'd probably go straight to a dermatologist and discuss options with them. ...Read more

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Can a new born that has red healthy skin get lighter? The redness on my babys skin makes her look darker.

Can a new born  that has red healthy skin get lighter? The redness on my babys skin makes her look darker.

With Time: Newborns can often look red after birth as well as during crying episodes. This color change is transient and over time skin tone normalizes. Best why to judge final skin tone color is looking at you and Dad's skin tone as kids of course take after their parents. Give it some time. ...Read more

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Does a decrease in melanin lighten your eye colour ?

Does a  decrease in melanin lighten your eye colour ?

No effect: Melanin is largely constant after infancy throughout the body including the eye color. There is differential clumping which is responsible for tanning but this is not due to a change in the amount. If you melanin were truly lightening, the eye color would remain the same. ...Read more

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Why would my eye color change to red in photo?

Why would my eye color change to red in photo?

Light direction: Pupils normally look dark, as the direct light path would in fact be from behind your head, which blocks that. Cameras with a light source closely aligned to the lens, can cause the red eye which is in fact the natural color of the back of the eye. Lighter, larger pupils are more prone to this. To eliminate this if you take pictures is tell the subject to look at your shoulder. ...Read more

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My skin in both eye contours looks bruised and a vein is visible under left eye. Will thickening skin with 1% retinol restore a natural colour?

My skin in both eye contours looks bruised and a vein is visible under left eye. Will thickening skin with 1% retinol restore a natural colour?

Not likely: Discoloration in the lower eyelids is genetic in some individuals, related to lack of sleep in others and related to chronic nasal allergies. Review your lifestyle. Avoid tobacco, alcohol, and junk food. Get a good night sleep, exercise and move through the day, and eat wholesome unprocessed food with fresh vegetables, high quality protein, anti-inflammatory whole grains, and fresh fruits. ...Read more

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Parts of my skin are not tanning like the rest. Does a ringworm rash change skin pigment?

Parts of my skin are not tanning like the rest. Does a ringworm rash change skin pigment?

Yes: Often, ringworm, a type of fungal infection will cause the skin to be hypopigmented so the area where you have the infection will be lighter. Try applying an antifungal cream. Once the infection clears, the skin color should return to normal. ...Read more

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What causes my skin color change?

Depends: If you have had a previous burn or sun damage you may get skin color change. Most of the time the melanin in your skin is reacting to what injured it (radiation, sun , fire, etc). If your skin is blue it usually means you are not getting enough oxygen, if it is red you are possibly flush either due to heat or dehydration. Sun damage can also cause loss of color in spots on the limbs. ...Read more