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What usually causes hyperpigmentation of the lips?

What usually causes hyperpigmentation of the lips?

Hyperpigmentation: Hyperpigmentation (or darkened skin) is caused by a variety of things. Here are a few common causes: 1) ultraviolet sunlight 2) hormones in the body (can be related to pregnancy - melasma) 3) post-inflammation from any number of causes (hair plucking, acne, trauma, harsh skin care products or laser treatments) treatment may include time, skin lighteners, ipl laser, sun protection. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What kind of skin condition is vitiligo? What causes the loss of pigmentation?

What kind of skin condition is vitiligo? What causes the loss of pigmentation?

Autoimmune: Hi. Vitiligo is the autoimmune destruction of the pigment producing skin cells, the melanocytes. No melanocytes, no pigment. ...Read more

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What causes yellow discoloration of the skin?

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What causes yellow discoloration of the skin?

Yellow skin: This is most likely jaundice due to liver toxicity (hepatitis or cirrhosis) due to increase bilirubin in the blood since the damaged liver cells cannot break it down. Other causes of jaundice can be liver or pancreatic cancer or hemolytic anemia or gallstones, or in newborn. ...Read more

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What is the cause of depigmentation of skin during leucoderma?

What is the cause of depigmentation of skin during leucoderma?

Many causes: Leukoderma also incorrectly called vitiligo has many causes that include hereditary as well as acquired and the exact etiology is not well understood although many theories do exist. It has been demonstrated that these patients loose melanin pigment which gives skin its color despite that the melancytes still exist. ...Read more

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What are the causes of skin tags?

What are the causes of skin tags?

Friction: Most often skin tags appear in areas where skin rubs together or clothing and necklaces rub. You see them in skin folds around under arms, upper thighs, and neck. They can appear in other areas as well. They are simple to remove if bothersome. If you have numerous tags there may be a genetic component as well. ...Read more

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What are the causes of yellowing of the skin?

What are the causes of yellowing of the skin?

Yellowing Skin: There are many reasons the skin, nails and even white part of the eyes turn yellow. Classically, jaundice (yellowing) is caused by alcohlism or other liver diseases. Too much carotene in the diet can cause it as well. Endocrine problems such as diabetes or hypothyroidism impair the liver's ability to convert carotene to vit a, causing yellowing. Kidney failure and anorexia can do it too. ...Read more

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What causes darkening of the skin during dialysis?

What causes darkening of the skin during dialysis?

Urochromes and : Middle molecules. These are substances that normally are filtered out by your kidney but not by the dialysis machine. ...Read more

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What are the main causes of skin aging?

What are the main causes of skin aging?

UV Exposure: Remember that now the "sun" comes in many forms... During outside activities, through your car window, and self inflicted with tanning beds. Avoid exposure and apply spf with moisturizer when you cannot. Also, remember there are skin aging effects that occur with hormonal deficiencies, so talk with your doctor about keeping your hormones at healthy levels and skin well nourished. ...Read more

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What causes pigmentation in the eye?

What causes pigmentation in the eye?

Natural : We all have pigment cells in various layers of our skin and eye. The pigment within the cells can increase with age, change in hormones (pregnancy), and of course sun exposure. When the cells themselves start multiplying and moving and growing where they don't belong-this is cancer. ...Read more

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What are the causes of darkening moles?

What are the causes of darkening moles?

Get it evaluated: If a mole changes color, it must be evaluated and probably removed. Color changes may indicate a melanoma. See a dermatologist now. ...Read more

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What is the cause of cellulitis of the skin?

Many causes: Cellulitis is basically a visible inflammation (itis) of the skin and soft tissues (red, hot, swollen and tender) . It can be caused by many things including sunburn (radiation), trauma (sprained ankle) or poor vein circulation (stasis dermatitis). It need not be caused by bacteria. If you have repeated episodes of this, get to a wound care or vascular specialist, the diagnoses you have is wrong. ...Read more

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

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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What is the cause of skin pigmentation at the site of dialysis?

What is the cause of skin pigmentation at the site of dialysis?

See below: If you mean the site of the needle puncture, it could be a hematoma, blood under skin, which can change colour. ...Read more

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What causes the folds of the body to itch?

What causes the folds of the body to itch?

Usually fungus: It's usually fungus. Keep the folds clean and dry. If it gets damp or sweaty, try using a powder for that like Gold Bond. If you develop a fungal infection there (red, itchy, may have blisters), see your doctor for a fungal cream. ...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 are the causes of the dry skin on my face?

What are the causes of the dry skin on my face?

Mild soap: Try dove soap and apply a moisturizer on the face immediately after washing. No anti-bacterial or scented soap. ...Read more

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What are some possible causes of skin discoloration in the chest?

What are some possible causes of skin discoloration in the chest?

Fungus or Vitiligo: There are various causes of pigment disturbance of the chest. Tinea verisicolor may cause pink, brown, or white plaques. Vitiligo is an autoimmune disease in which the skin turns white due to a loss of pigment. ...Read more

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What causes itching under the skin?

What causes itching under the skin?

Itching: Itching can have many causes. Go to the following web page for possible causes of itching. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/itchy-skin/basics/causes/con-20028460. ...Read more

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What causes brown discolouration of the conjunctiva?

What causes brown discolouration of the conjunctiva?

Chronic inflammation: Chronic inflammation of ocular surface can cause brown discoloration. Other possible causes: simply accumulation of pigment cells in people of color; pingueculum; carcinoma of ocular surface. If this is a new observation, see your eye md asap. ...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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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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What exactly causes a skin pigmentation disorder?

Various: Skin pigmentation can be affected by heriditary disorders, drugs, infections, inflammation, sun exposure, skin cancers, immune diseases or even tumors of internal organs. You are probably referring to vitiligo, which is essentially a auto-immune condition or to albinism, which is genetic. ...Read more

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What is the cause of skin pigmentation at the site of dialysis?

See below: If you mean the site of the needle puncture, it could be a hematoma, blood under skin, which can change colour. ...Read more

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What kind of skin condition is vitiligo? What causes the loss of pigmentation?

Autoimmune: Hi. Vitiligo is the autoimmune destruction of the pigment producing skin cells, the melanocytes. No melanocytes, no pigment. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of brown pigmentation on my skin caused by psoriasis?

How do I get rid of brown pigmentation on my skin caused by psoriasis?

The brown......: The pigmentation is caused by several factors. Inflammation can cause leakage of red blood cells into the skin, causing " rusting of the iron in the rbc hgb. Also, if you scratch and abrade psoriasis lesions, you get a low grade infection, which will permanently discolor skin. People will scratch unknowingly in sleep. The brown caused by rbc will leave slowly. The other will diminish little. ...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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Can lupus cause a skin pigmentation disorder?

Can lupus cause a skin pigmentation disorder?

Yes: There are several different kinds of lupus. Classic lupus often presents with a butterfly rash across the nose and cheeks. Cutaneous lupus may present with a number of different skin lesions. Alopecia (hair loss) may also occur with lupus. ...Read more

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What can cause a dark skin pigmentation on my neck ?

Many things: Acanthosis nigricans causes dark, velvety patches of skin on the neck & skin folds and since it can be associated with diabetes or other health issues, it is important to have it looked at. Many other causes exist: sun-exposure, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, tinea versicolor, other rashes & even retained dirt (terra firma-forme) are just a few! see a dermatologist. ...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 skin pigmentation disorders can be caused by pregnancy?

What skin pigmentation disorders can be caused by pregnancy?

Skin and Pregnancy: The skin is definitely affected by the hormonal changes in pregnancy. Among the changes are: darkening of areas (freckles, nipples, inner thigh), linea nigra (dark vertical line on the belly), worsening of acne, melasma (darkening of sun exposed areas of face), spider veins, and of course stretch marks. Once the hormones return to normal, most of these may return to normal. ...Read more

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Does face laser to remove hair cause discoloration & dark pigmentation to the skin? Does it also cause wrinkles/weakness of the skin? Using since 2004

Does face laser to remove hair cause discoloration & dark pigmentation to the skin? Does it also cause wrinkles/weakness of the skin? Using since 2004

Not usually: BUT different people call different things lasers. If you have a darker skin type then IPL for example (which some call laser but is not) can cause post inflammatory hyperpigmentation. Assuming you had the laser hair removal done professionally, ask the person who did it what they used and what can be done now about the pigmentation. Another type of laser (1064 NdYag) perhaps. Good luck! ...Read more

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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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Is it possible to fix hypopigmentation caused by co2 laser resurfacing? I'm thinking about getting co2 laser treatment for my wrinkles, but I have dark skin. Pigmentation loss would be really obvious. If it happens, would there be a way to fix it? .

Is it possible to fix hypopigmentation caused by co2 laser resurfacing? I'm thinking about getting co2 laser treatment for my wrinkles, but I have dark skin. Pigmentation loss would be really obvious. If it happens, would there be a way to fix it?

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CO2 laser: Co2 laser resurfacing can be ablative removing the surface of the skin to a set depth in a continuous manner in the area treated. There is also fractional co2 resurfacing. Hypopigmentation is more associated with the continuous co2 rather than fractional. The hypopigmentation can last for a very long time and may be permanent. Fractional co2 is somewhat safer but may still have side effects. ...Read more

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