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Doctor insights on: Skin Darkening In Teenagers Is That Always Normal Due To Pubertal Hormonal Changes

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Skin darkening in teenagers. Is that always normal due to pubertal hormonal changes?

Skin darkening in teenagers. Is that always normal due to pubertal hormonal changes?

Skin darkening: Your skin may be naturally light or dark depending on how much melanin your skin produces. Changes in melanin production can be due to a variety of conditions and some medications. Skin darkening can be due to changing hormone levels or medications, but it can also occur from exposure to ionizing radiation (such as the sun) or heavy metals. Radiation therapy can also cause an increase in skin pigm. ...Read more

Dr. Vered Lewy-Weiss
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Puberty (Definition)

Puberty is the normal condition in which a humans physically change from child to a teenage pre-adult who is able to reproduce (become fertile, able to have children). Pubertal development is divided into 5 stages by appearance (Tanner stages). Adolescence is time when puberty occurs, and includes ...Read more


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Hi, I am 30 with hormonal acne and a lot of hyperpigmentations because of my Asian skin. Just got prescribed ziana, is this the best topical for me?

Hi, I am 30 with hormonal acne and a lot of hyperpigmentations because of my Asian skin. Just got prescribed ziana, is this the best topical for me?

Acne: Ziana is Clindamycin gel. Otis a good topical for the acne but does not change your hormonal levels. Remember the other issues are not being looked at. Eating decreased fatty foods using skin cleansers and exercise with loss of weight will help. ...Read more

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Is skin darkening in the last months of pregnancy normal?

Yes: Skin darkens in pregnancy for increase in melanocyte stimulating hormone which increases production of melanin on the face, nipples amd genitals. This may occur after pregnancy. The color will lighten after delivery. If it persists ot can be treated by a dermatolgist in non breast feeding women. ...Read more

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I started getting skin darkening a couple of days ago. Will I be back to normal by next week?

I started getting skin darkening a couple of days ago. Will I be back to normal by next week?

What changed?: Why is your skin darkening? Are you ingesting something? Putting something on your skin to darken it? Cooking yourself in a tanning booth? Using some harmless natural toxin? What you are doing and how long you do it for will affect how long, if ever you "return to normal". ...Read more

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Skin darkening due to lexapro (escitalopram)? How to reverse?

Probably not: Lexipro would be unlikely to be the cause of skin hyperigmentation. What do you mean by "skin darkening"? Any other changes? ...Read more

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Can you tell me of any remedies for skin darkening due to shaving?

Can you tell me of any remedies for skin darkening due to shaving?

Talk with your dr.: A steroid cream might be applied to decrease inflammation. Exfoliation may be recommended to remove dead skin cells with retinoids. ...Read more

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Is skin darkening a sign of some disease?

Is skin darkening a sign of some disease?

Yes, depends on site: Brownish discoloration about the ankle area may be due to venous insufficiency. Dark, velvety skin about body creases (armpits, groin, neck) may be seen in those with cancer. Some medications and hormones can cause darkening of the skin. It is best to seek medical evaluation for this. ...Read more

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Do veet wax strips cause skin darkening?

Do veet wax strips cause skin darkening?

Hyperpigmentation: Waxing of any sort can cause inflammation, which in turn can cause hyper pigmentation, especially in darker skin types. Laser hair removal is a better option, you get less ingrown hairs, less chronic inflammation. Hyper pigmentation can be treated with a combination of steroids and bleaching creams. ...Read more

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How can I prevent skin darkening from sun exposure?

Physical sunblock: The use of a good quality physical sun block that blocks out both UV A and UVB rays. The skin will still tan but to a much lesser extent. The physical block should be either zinc or titanium. These products can be purchased at a dermatologist office and in many spas. The better products are PCA, Skin Medica, SkinCeuticals, Obagi and others but these are most popular ...Read more

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How to overcome skin darkening around specific body part?

How to overcome skin darkening around specific body part?

Depends on normality: Normal people are not the same color all over. That means everybody has lighter and darker parts. If a person is darkening normally, that is ok... but if due to sun exposure, sunscreen (and clothing and shade) does help. If the neck and armpits are darkening, one's primary care Dr. can check to see if it is normal. If nipples and genitals are darkening, that is usually fine, but the Dr. can check. ...Read more

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Will shaving with shaving cream help with skin darkening? Please help me docs!

Will shaving with shaving cream help with skin darkening? Please help me docs!

If skin is darkening: In area of hair follicle it might help to prevent this. Insure you use fresh, sharp blades vice dull blades. If hair is > several mm long – then trim before shaving. Wash area before shaving – warm water helps to soften hair. Use a lubricant when shaving. Avoid using products that contain alcohol or are scented. Shave in direction of the hair – not against it. Be gentle when shaving – don’t push ...Read more

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How to prevent skin darkening during pregnancy?

How to prevent skin darkening during pregnancy?

Stay out of the sun: During pregnancy your body excretes something called melanocyte stimulating hormone (among many other hormones) which causes darkening of the skin. There is nothing you can do to prevent this, but you can minimize is effect by staying out of the sun, or applying a good broad-spectrum sunscreen lotion (spf ~50) every day. ...Read more

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What causes skin darkening under the arms for females?

What causes skin darkening under the arms for females?

Underarm darkness: There are a range of causes for underarm hyperpigmentation, including frequent wear of tight-fitting clothing around the arms that causes constant friction in the armpit area; adverse reaction to certain deodorants; shaving; excessive weight; and dark underarm hair. ...Read more

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How to protect skin darkening from sun?

How to protect skin darkening from sun?

Skin darkening/ sun: To protect your skin from darkening during sun exposure you will need to apply generous amounts of sunscreen and re-apply every 2 hours. Limit sun exposure during high sun (10am-4pm). For detailed safe sun practices: http://www.Melanomaresource. Org/index. Php/site/content/sun_safe_practices/. ...Read more

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What are the reasions of skin darkening? Is it the sign of any disease?

A few to know: Generalized darkening of the skin is a classic warning of addison's disease and of hemochromatosis; the mechanisms are different but they're both worth knowing. If you're losing weight or feeling really ill without an obvious explanation, make an appontment; otherwise mention it to your physician when you next visit. Many folks have some darkening of the skin as adulthood approaches. ...Read more

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Which surgery is good for skin darkening?

Which surgery is good for skin darkening?

Hmmmmm: Sorry, hendy..... I'm not sure of what you speak. Could you clarify a bit? ...Read more

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Can white people get vitiligo or skin darkening?

Can white people get vitiligo or skin darkening?

Vitiligo: Vitilgo is an auto immune disorder where your bodys immune cells attack the dark pigment cells in your skin. It coccurs in all kinds of people, but looks the worst in people with dark skin, since the vitiligostands out against the darker regular skin background. There is no cure, and treatment is difficult. Darker spots on the skin is the opposite of vitiligo, and can occur from a burn or injury. ...Read more