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Dr. Marvin Ott
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Skin Pigment Changes (Overview)

Skin pigment changes is a symptom in which a person has color changes on part or all of his skin. Pigment changes may be related to skin problems such as bumps, blisters, oozing, peeling, itching, bug bites, etc.


Dr. Marvin Ott
44 doctors shared insights

Skin Pigment Changes (Overview)

Skin pigment changes is a symptom in which a person has color changes on part or all of his skin. Pigment changes may be related to skin problems such as bumps, blisters, oozing, peeling, itching, bug bites, etc.


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What can I use to get rid of the skin discoloration around my ankle cause by blood pigmentation?

What can I use to get rid of the skin discoloration around my ankle cause by  blood pigmentation?

Compression stocking: This is a very difficult problem to correct, and resolves slowly over a long period of time. First get a doppler ultrasound venous exam to ascertain the underlying problem. Then compression stockings and elevation are helpful. Venous ablation may be appropriate depending on doppler finding. See a doctor specializing in vein care. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of skin pigment changes?

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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Treating Skin Tags (Checklist)

Do not treat them yourself
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Avoid picking at them
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Have them removed if needed by a doctor
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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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Birth control and skin pigment changes connected?

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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Living with Skin Cancer (Checklist)

Avoid sun exposure between 10 am and 2 pm
daily
Apply sunscreen
2x day
Wear a hat outdoors on sunny days
daily
See dermatologist for check ups
2x year
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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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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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Treating a Skin Abscess (Checklist)

Clean the wound thoroughly
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If the wound is draining on its own, regularly change a dressing
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If it is not draining, or there is redness around it, see your doctor
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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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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata Dr. Iwata
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Treating Skin Allergies (Checklist)

Get tested for food allergies
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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?

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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Treating Dry Skin (Checklist)

Use moisturizers regularly
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Use mild soap when washing the skin
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Limit overexposure to detergents or soaps
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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?

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

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