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Doctor insights on: Pigment Change In My Skin

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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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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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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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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 could be the cause of skin pigment changes?

Skin pigment change: Pigment changes can be caused by sun damage, certain plants and fruits when touched to the skin, scarring, trauma from lasers, peels, etc. ...Read more

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What would be the cause of a red pigment change of your skin on your neck about the size of a dollar bill?

What would be the cause of a red pigment change of your skin on your neck about the size of a dollar bill?

Heve it checked: See a dermatologist for proper examination, diagnosis, and treatment. It could be many things (for example nummular dermatitis, tinea corporis, contact dermatitis, etc.). ...Read more

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What would cause splotchy skin pigmentation changes on my chest, shoulders, and neck that pop up every summer ?

What would cause splotchy skin pigmentation changes on my chest, shoulders, and neck that pop up every summer ?

Tinea versicolor: This is a benign fungal infection. The fungus prevents even tanning that becomes more apparent upon getting sun exposure, particularly in the summer. You can treat it by applying a dandruff shampoo like Nizoral (ketoconazole) for 10 minutes before showering each day for 1-2 weeks. This will often eliminate the fungus and the skin color will then gradually even out upon additional tanning. ...Read more

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Noticable signs, such as fatigue or skin pigment changes at 28 weeks?

Noticable signs, such as fatigue or skin pigment changes at 28 weeks?

Melasma?: I assume you mean 28 weeks pregnant? This may be due to melanoma, which is sometimes known as the "mask of pregnancy". It is important to apply broad spectrum sunscreen several times daily, and follow up with a dermatologist to review your medications and other potential causes for the pigment changes. Treatment will depend upon the underlying cause. ...Read more

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Proximal thumbnail matrix biopsy..Benign 17mo ago. Return next wk for follow up after cont'd change in pigmented lines. What to ask/expect? Biopsy #2?

Biopsy repair: This may be repair from the previous biopsy where there is often a little bit of hemorrhage which with time causes pigmentation as the blood is reabsorbed by white blood cells. ...Read more