What exactly causes a skin pigmentation disorder?

It depends. Most of the time the immune system is involved the skin is inflammed and the skin lightens or darkens depending on the 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.

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Can lupus cause a skin pigmentation disorder?

Sometimes... We generally talk about lupus in 2 categories: systemic and cutaneous (localized in skin). A subtype of cutaneous lupus called discoid lupus can cause dyspigmentation and scars in the areas of involvement. Unfortunately, when chronic, the dyspigmentation becomes more or less permanent. Systemic lupus can be associated with other autoimmune disorders such as vitiligo (depigmentation disorder). Read more...
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...

What are the symptoms that characterize skin pigmentation disorder?

Pigmentation Disorde. Pigmentation means coloring. Skin pigmentation disorders affect the color of your skin. Skin cells give your skin color by making a substance called melanin. When these cells become damaged or unhealthy, it affects melanin production. Some pigmentation disorders affect just patches of skin. Others affect your entire body. See your dermatologist. Read more...

What is the definition or description of: Skin pigmentation disorder?

Skin pigmentation. Skin color is derived from a pigment called melanin. Different medical conditions can cause an increase or decrease in melanin which can affect the body in general or just some areas. This affects skin color. . Read more...

What is the treatment for skin pigmentation disorder?

Depends. On what the disorder is. See a dermatologist for diagnosis and options. Also consider chinese medicine. I have seen some dramatic improvements with herbs that balance the body . Read more...