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Doctor insights on: Skin Pigment

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Does laser skin resurfacing cause skin discoloration on black skin?

Does laser skin resurfacing cause skin discoloration on black skin?

It can!: Be very careful with lasers on dark skin. See someone with a lot of experience. ...Read more

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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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Can sunlight affect skin mole color?

Can sunlight affect skin mole color?

Mole: Mole color is determined by pigment (melanin) deeper in the skin. Sunlight does not effect the mole 's color. ...Read more

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Skin fungus- skin colour change back?

Skin fungus- skin colour change back?

It can?: Tinea versacolor is the most common type of skin "fungus" that causes color changes. After it is treated the color usually returns to normal. There can be some permanent color change, but that is not usually the case. There are other fungal skin infections that could cause pigmentation changes, but they are not the usual ones. ...Read more

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Uneven skin tone?

Uneven skin tone?

Uneven sun exposure: Normal skin responses to sunlight exposure--more exposure, it gets darker by producing more melanin. Thus areas covered by clothing is always lighter. Arms typically remain darkest parts of body. Private areas are often lightest because they are under covers most of time (for most of us anyway :-)). I am not sure if this is what u are asking. If not, repost your question. Good luck. ...Read more

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Which face cream to lighten the skin colour?

Which face cream to lighten the skin colour?

Skin lightening: Hydroquinone in various percnetages-mostly commonly 4% lightens dark spots and gives a more even skin tone. ...Read more

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Could tretinoin 0.025% fade hyperpigmentation scars?

Could tretinoin 0.025% fade hyperpigmentation scars?

Probably not: This medicine is helpful in preventing new acne lesions, especially if applied consistently. A hydroquinone bleach might fade postinflammatory hyperpigmentation but skill is required and you might do better simply to let them fade on their own and work hard to keep new lesions under control. ...Read more

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Can skin lightening creams lighten the skin too much?

Can skin lightening creams lighten the skin too much?

Ask Michael Jackson: Yes, they can. We use a 4% hydroquinone at my practice, but a 20% like benoquin (monobenzone) can bleach you forever. Over the counter products are typically ok. ...Read more

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Can skin rejuvenation means exfoliating the skin?

Can skin rejuvenation means exfoliating the skin?

Yes: Exfoliation is the most common form of rejuvenation and good to start early. However, there are other treatments that become more aggressive depending upon age and the result that you would like to achieve. ...Read more

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Will freckles nitrogen treatment scar skin?

Will freckles nitrogen treatment scar skin?

It can: Liquid nitrogen is sometimes used to freeze off freckles by killing the pigmented cells. Any injury can cause a scar if it is deep enough so be sure you get someone who is careful and has experience to do this treatment. You could end up with a white spot instead of a freckle! ...Read more

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Can ringworm cause darker pigmentation of the skin?

Can ringworm cause darker pigmentation of the skin?

Yes: In patients with darker skin types, any cause of redness or inflammation can heal with darker spots, called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (pih). The best way to prevent this is to control the redness/inflammation early, by treating the ringworm if that is the cause of redness. Pih takes months or years to fade once the original rash has been treated. ...Read more

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Chlorestol skin tags over eye lids?

Chlorestol skin tags over eye lids?

Which one?: "skin tags" usually refers to papillomas- common growths around the eyes and sometimes on the neck and elsewhere. They are elevated off the skin + look like microscopic cauliflower. They sometimes have a narrow stalk at the base. They are like a wart; caused by virus. Cholesterol deposits occur as yellow slightly raised patches on the inner parts of the upper lid- called xanthelasma. Both benign. ...Read more

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is skin lightening cream recommened for darker skin?

 is skin lightening cream recommened for darker skin?

Medical question?: I suspect that this is more a social-political question given that you are from India rather than a medical question. Any medication used for that purpose can have its adverse consequences. ...Read more

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Skin red spots?

Skin red spots?

Too broad: Too broad a question. Anything from measles to bedbugs to petichiae, to allergic reaction. Please be more specific. ...Read more

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Does eczema make skin darker and darker?

Does eczema make skin darker and darker?

Possible: If you have untreated eczema it can cause skin stains and give you brown or dark skin stains. Avoid picking and scratching because it makes it worse. See your doctor for appropriate treatment. Get the sarna lotion for sensitive skin to hold down the itching and try the eucerin eczema skin cream. Flare ups occur when you are stressed and are not using coping skills. Therapy helps that. ...Read more

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After acne marks starts to disappear gradually .Will skin heal to its original complexion, skin tone.Or will the marks cause dark spots or brown skin?

After acne marks starts to disappear gradually .Will skin heal to its original complexion, skin tone.Or will the marks cause dark spots or brown skin?

Can do all: Acne can leave dark spots. If there is no true scarring then the skin will return to normal. You need to be on acne treatment that will prevent flares. See your dermatologist. ...Read more

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Can sun tanning or tanning salons permanently darken your skin?

Can sun tanning or tanning salons permanently darken your skin?

Tanning: Sun tanning or tanning salons will not permanently darken your skin. ...Read more

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Is meladerm skin whitening cream leads to darkness.???

Is meladerm skin whitening cream leads to darkness.???

Meladerm: In order to naturally fade dark skin spots and obtain an even complexion, you must dedicate time and patience to the process. When combined with exfoliation agents, Meladerm® often provides initial results within 2 weeks of use, however, full results generally take 2-3 months and vary based on the individual's specific skin physiology and condition. ...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 is the definition or description of: Skin pigment changes?

What is the definition or description of: Skin pigment changes?

Pigments in our: skin are what gives skin color. When ultraviolet radiation penetrates the skin - if can lead to changes in skin color. Skin pigment changes can cause skin to be light or dark or to vary in color. ...Read more

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I have a condition my immune system is attacking my skin pigments and therefore have white spots where i don't tan what can I do to boost my skin pigm?

Depends: There are many causes of hypopigmentation including vitiligo and superficial yeast infections of the skin so therefore you should see your dermatologist to figure out what you have and the proper treatment can be initiated. ...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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The head of my penis has a darker skin pigment then the rest of the head. Should i be worried?

The head of my penis has a darker skin pigment then the rest of the head. Should i be worried?

No no need: If it has always been like that you need not be worried but if it is new have it checked. ...Read more

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Noticing some darkening of facial skin/pigment after several weeks on OTC retinol product. Is this a normal side effect?

Noticing some darkening of facial skin/pigment after several weeks on OTC retinol product.  Is this a normal side effect?

it is : There is peeling of the skin and the new skin is exposed and can get drier and darken . Also greater risk of sun damage and other complication made worse by taking other medications at the same time. See a dermatologist to evaluate all of the issues with this drug. Just because it is over the counter, does no mean that it is free of unwanted side effects. ...Read more

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For several years, I have problem skin problems skin pigment found that the white spots appear on the skin and are getting more?

Pigmentation Issues: Tinea versicolor is a common fungal infection of the skin that often affects adolescents and young adults. The term versicolor refers to the fact that it causes the affected skin to change color and become either lighter or darker than surrounding skin. The most common areas it affects are the shoulders, back, and chest. Another possibility is vitiligo, a depipmenting disease. ...Read more

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Does birth control cause skin pigment changes?

Does birth control cause skin pigment changes?

Yes it may : These conditions are commonly referred to as melas a or chloasma. ...Read more

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Birth control and skin pigment changes connected?

Skin pigment + BCP's: The progestational agent in bcp's can often darken skin pigment, and this may not fade when you stop bcp's. Similar to the pigment changes that some women have in pregnancy. ...Read more

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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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I have had a skin pigment on my leg for 2 years and had grown and got darker. Is it skin cancer or melanoma?

I have had a skin pigment on my leg for 2 years and had grown and got darker. Is it skin cancer or melanoma?

ABCDEs: 21 year old lady with pigmented skin lesion. I suggest you visit a dermatologist. Are you fair skinned? Family history of melanoma? These are risk factors. Physicians examine and look for asymmetry of the lesion, the borders, the color and diameter of the lesion. Suspicious lesions can be biopsied and pathologically examined under microscope. May just be a "sunspot" or pigmented macule/nevus. ...Read more

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I have a red mark on my face that developed over a year ago, appears to be blood vessels visible and the skin pigment is light around red area. Ideas?

I have a red mark on my face that developed over a year ago, appears to be blood vessels visible and the skin pigment is light around red area. Ideas?

See a dermatologist: A persistent mark like you describe could be many things, including rosacea (a chronic inflammatory condition) to infection (such as a superficial fungal infection) to skin cancer. You should see a dermatologist for a closer inspection and a definitive diagnosis, that will determine what kind of treatment you will need. Good luck! ...Read more

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Need expert opinions about skin "pigment" changes to lighter tone temporarily in certain spots on arms and legs only? What could be the cause?

Need expert opinions about skin "pigment" changes to lighter tone temporarily in certain spots on arms and legs only? What could be the cause?

Temporary, permanent: If these spots are permanent and and not temporary you may have something called idiopathic hypomelanosis. They are more prominent when you are tan and are a sign of sun damage. I am not sure that this is the right diagnosis so you might want to see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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I would like to know what it is when your skin looses pigment it is very noticing in the summer when you tan in the winter not as much?

I would like to know what it is  when  your skin looses pigment  it is very  noticing  in the summer when  you tan in the winter not as much?

Vitiligo: Vitiligo is an autoimmune disease that leads to the destruction of melanocytes, the cells the produce pigment in our skin. This causes light patches in the affected areas, which are most prominent in dark-skinned folk and in the summer when people tan. One of the more famous people with disease was michael jackson. ...Read more