How We Treat Pigmentation Disorders
There are a wide variety of causes of pigmentation disorders, so your treatment will first consist of a thorough examination by your dermatologist. We will be sure to consider your overall health, medications, and lifestyle, as these often play a role in pigmentation disorders. Sometimes blood testing may be needed. Your dermatologist may use a special light called a Wood’s lamp to help characterize the pigment changes in your skin; this lamp uses specific wavelengths of light to show pigmentation disorders more clearly. Based on our findings, we may recommend a variety of treatment options, including specific skincare ingredients and prescription creams, chemical peels, laser treatments, and lifestyle modifications.
Meet With Our Clara Team
Managing pigmentation disorders and achieving clear, even skin tone often requires the professional expertise of a dermatologist. To meet with our team and learn more about your options, we invite you to contact us by calling, booking online, or filling out our online form.
Pigmentation disorders affect the production of melanin in the skin, causing variation in the color of the skin that can be lighter or darker than your natural skin color. Melanocytes are the cells in the skin that produce melanin (pigment), and determine your skin color. When the melanocytes are overactive the skin can become darker, and when their activity is suppressed, the skin can become lighter. Things like sun exposure, hormones, and inflammation can all affect the activity of melanocytes, and thus the pigmentation of the skin. Pigmentation disorders can affect a small area (localized) or large areas (generalized) of the skin, or the entire skin surface. They can sometimes be a sign of an illness inside the body, and they often are cosmetically undesirable or even embarrassing to the patient.
Characteristics of Pigmentation Disorders
- Darker patches of skin (hyperpigmentation: melasma, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation)
- Lighter patches of skin (hypopigmentation: tinea versicolor, pityriasis alba)
- Patches of skin without any pigment (depigmentation: vitiligo, albinism)