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Vitiligo is a pigmentation disorder in which your skin loses melanin, causing white patches to appear that slowly enlarge over time. These symptoms affect men and women alike, and causes may be attributed to emotional stress, illness, or skin trauma such as sunburn. Vitiligo can appear from birth but half of all vitiligo cases develop in children and young adults between the ages of 10 and 30 years.

It is estimated that around two percent of the World’s population suffers from vitiligo. It affects all races equally but is mistakenly associated with black and dark-skinned people simply because the loss of skin pigmentation is more noticeable.

Any part of the body can be affected but areas exposed to the sun tend to be affected first. Vitiligo is commonly seen on the face around the lips and eyes. It can also develop around hair roots on the scalp and turn patches of hair white or grey.

Vitiligo is not contagious and does not have to hold you back in life: even some high-profile celebrities and fashion models have come to embrace their condition as a part of their identity.

Melanin is a natural substance produced to protect your skin from exposure to the sun, so it is important to apply sunscreen or cover areas that are affected by the depigmentation of your skin.

Vitiligo Treatment

Repigmentation is very slow and treatments may include topical corticosteroids in the form of a cream applied to affected areas, vitamins, narrow-band ultraviolet B (UVB) therapy, and oral steroids.

In addition, self-tanning lotions may help conceal imperfections by adding color to depigmented areas. Concealing cosmetics and makeup can also be an effective way to restore more balanced skin color.

Your Trillium Creek Dermatology skin experts can provide treatments to slow the progression of the disease as well as minimize the visible effects.

Frequently Asked Questions About Pigmentation Disorders

Can pigmentation be removed?

Yes, pigmentation can be improved with various topical treatments, chemical peels, lasers and other therapies outlined by a dermatologist.

Does hyperpigmentation get darker before it fades?

It depends on the treatment. Most topical treatments will slowly fade hyperpigmentation. There are certain lasers which can be used as well. Occasionally, pigment will darken after a laser treatment and then fade with time. It is best to consult your dermatologist to properly diagnose the type of hyperpigmentation you have and the best treatment regimen moving forward.

Does pigmentation come back after laser?

Pigment may return after laser treatment. It is important to continue strict sun protection and an appropriate topical treatment regimen outlined by your dermatologist to hopefully prevent a recurrence of pigmentation.

Does pigmentation go away?

Yes, with a proper treatment regimen, clearance may be achieved.

How can I lighten my dark forehead?

See your dermatologist to develop a proper treatment plan and possibly identify underlying triggers for the pigment.

How can I remove pigmentation permanently?

See your dermatologist to develop a proper treatment plan and possibly identify underlying triggers for the pigment.

How can I remove pigmentation?

Various topical medications, chemical peels, and laser treatments can be utilized to remove pigment. See your dermatologist for proper treatment.

How can I stop skin pigmentation?

Sun protection with mineral-based, broad spectrum SPF, is a great starting point for stopping progression of pigmentation. There are other topical medications such as retinol and hydroquinone that can be used as well.

How do I even out my skin tone?

The first step is to consult a board certified dermatologist to best assess your skin. A daily regimen can be developed to even out skin tone. In general, moisturizing and applying SPF in the morning is a great starting point.

How do I fix discoloration on my face?

See a dermatologist to develop a treatment plan.

How do I get rid of dark patches on my face?

See a dermatologist to develop a treatment plan. Sun protection with mineral based sunscreens are very important.

How do I get rid of dark pigmentation on my legs?

First, you should see a dermatologist to properly diagnose the type of pigmentation. There are benign/harmless types of pigment such as sun spots (lentigines). There are also dangerous types of pigmentation such as cancer (such as melanoma). Identifying the proper diagnosis and following a treatment plan outlined by your dermatologist is recommended.

How do you fix hyperpigmentation?

Topical treatments such as hydroquinone, retinol, and vitamin C are options. Procedures such as chemical peels and lasers can also be utilized. See your dermatologist to discuss the best options for you.

How long does pigmentation take to fade after laser?

This depends on the type of laser that was used. On average, about 2-4 weeks for the pigment to fade.

What diseases cause hyperpigmentation?

Various acids can be used for treatment of hyperpigmentation. A few examples are glycolic and kojic acid. Chemical peels can be performed, but this should be done under the care of a dermatologist.

What causes brown pigmentation on face?

Brown pigmentation can be caused by various skin conditions. Some examples include sun spots (lentigines) and melasma. Melasma is a hormone-related darkening of the skin. It’s best to see your dermatologist to properly diagnose the cause of your pigmentation and outline a proper treatment regimen.

What causes skin pigmentation?

Skin pigmentation can be caused by various skin conditions. Some examples include sun spots (lentigines) and melasma. Melasma is a hormone-related darkening of the skin. It’s best to see your dermatologist to properly diagnose the cause of your pigmentation and outline a proper treatment regimen.

What does hyperpigmentation look like?

Various conditions can cause hyperpigmentation. Melasma, sun spots (lentigines), age spots (seborrheic keratoses) are all examples. There are also dangerous brown spots such as melanoma. It’s best to see your dermatologist to properly diagnose the type of hyperpigmentation you have.

What does melasma look like?

Melasma appears as brown or tan patches most commonly on the face.

What food can cause pigmentation?

Food is typically not implicated in causing pigmentary disorders.

What hormone imbalance causes melasma?

Hormone imbalances such as high progesterone and estrogen can cause melasma.

What is best for pigmentation?

Various topical treatments such as hydroquinone can be used for pigmentation. Procedures such as chemical peels and lasers can also be used. See your dermatologist to develop the best plan for your condition.

What is hyperpigmentation on face?

Hyperpigmentation of the face can be caused by various conditions. It appears as tan and brown patches on the face. Melasma is a hormone-related darkening of the skin. There are other types of hyperpigmentation, so it’s best to see your dermatologist to properly diagnose and treat your hyperpigmentation.

What is melasma on face?

It is a hormone-related darkening of the skin.

What is the best ingredient for hyperpigmentation?

Hydroquinone is an ingredient that can lighten the skin. Follow your dermatologists guidance when using products with this ingredient. Q.What is the best product for skin pigmentation? It depends on the type of pigmentation you have. See your dermatologist to discuss the best topical product for you.

What is the best serum for hyperpigmentation?

There are various serums for hyperpigmentation. Many contain retinol and hydroquinone. It’s best to discuss the type of hyperpigmentation you have with your dermatologist before embarking on a treatment regimen.

What is the difference between blemishes and pigmentation?

A blemish is a general term for the imperfection of the skin, such as a pimple. Pigmentation is typically dark patches on the skin and can be caused by various conditions.

What is the difference between melasma and hyperpigmentation?

Hyperpigmentation is a generic term for the darkening of the skin. Melasma is a specific disorder that causes hyperpigmentation.

What products get rid of hyperpigmentation?

There are various products for hyperpigmentation. Some may contain retinol and hydroquinone. It’s best to discuss the type of hyperpigmentation you have with your dermatologist before embarking on a treatment regimen.

What is the fastest way to get rid of hyperpigmentation?

Pregnancy, birth control, and sunlight are all factors that can trigger and worsen melasma.

What vitamins are good for melasma?

Topical vitamin C and vitamin E are both used at times to treat melasma.

Which acid is best for hyperpigmentation?

Various acids can be used to improve melasma. Glycolic acid and kojic acid are two examples. It is best to seek advice from a board-certified dermatologist to discuss treatment options before embarking on a treatment plan.

Which ordinary product is best for hyperpigmentation?

A daily moisturizer with mineral-based SPF and nightly retinol can improve hyperpigmentation. Prescription topical medications can also be prescribed by your dermatologist.

Why do we get pigmentation on face?

There are various factors that can cause pigmentation of the face. Hormones and sunlight are two common causes.

Why does hyperpigmentation take so long to fade?

When you develop hyperpigmentation, the melanin pigment in the skin is naturally exfoliated over time. However, the time it takes for these marks to disappear depends on the severity and cause of your condition. Sunlight and hormonal influences can worsen and prolong hyperpigmentation.

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