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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Skin color comes from four different pigments present in our skin: 1. Melanin - tans or browns in our skin 2. Carotenes - yellows and oranges 3. Oxygenated hemoglobin (in the arteries) - red 4. Deoxygenated hemoglobin (in the veins) - blue skin color is the ...Read more
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
Grey Tint to Skin: It depends. There are some medications that can turn the skin a blue/grey as well as medical conditions. Low oxygenation from emphysema/copd/asthma/ smokers... Poor circulation as seen with diabetes, or vascular disease cardiac problems that have affected the patients ef. Cold if a person is cold they can get a grey to grey mottled appearance anemia (but again that leads back to poor oxygen. ...Read more
Deodorant: The most common cause of underarm dry skin is contact irritation from deodorant. Often, this is due to heavy fragrance or alcohol ingredients. Look for a deodorant that has hydrating ingredients such as aloe or vitamins A and E. You can also apply moisturizing lotion. Bathing too frequently with harsh soaps can also be a factor. If there is flaking or redness, low dose steroid cream can be tried. ...Read more
Stool color: The stool changes colors regularly depending on diet and other factors. The only time the stool color is abnormal is if it is black or red, which can indicate active bleeding and occasionally when it is very pale in color, when it can represent blockage of the bile duct. Any other color is just a variant of normal. Hope that helps. ...Read more
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
See your doctor: Your doctor will have to examine your skin personally to make the correct diagnosis. ...Read more
Can small fiber neuropathy cause hyperpigmented areas of the skin or cause skin changes of the leg?
No easy answer: Exactly why one person gets acne and the next person doesn't is unanswerable at this time. What I do know is that washing oil off your skin won't touch your acne. It's unrelated to diet, hygiene or lifestyle. You can manage your acne; if topical benzoyl peroxide as tolerated hasn't cleared you in two weeks, get with your personal physician who can add something that will work. ...Read more
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