Getting Help from a Dermatologist for Hypermelanosis

Most people have heard of skin pigmentation disorders, but it tends to be something everyone assumes only happens to others, they never suspect the day will come when they look in the mirror and realize the color of their own skin has started to change. When this happens, you shouldn’t panic, and you shouldn’t assume the problem will go away on its own. What you should do is make an appointment with a dermatologist and have them check out the condition of your skin.

There’s four different types of pigmentation problems humans can experience, the most common being hypermelanosis.

Dermatologists have learned that there’s no such thing as a one size fits all program when it comes to skin pigmentation disorders. Each case has to be treated uniquely, and the treatment will vary from one person to the next. Before the dermatologist can make a professional decision about how to treat your particular skin pigmentation issue, they’re going to have to gauge the quantity of your melanin pigment, as well as how it’s distributed. If it’s determined that you have hypermelanosis, which increases you dark skin pigmentation, the first thing the skin care expert will do is sit down with you and try to determine the cause of the hypermelanosis. Common causes include:

  • A reaction to a prescription medication
  • phototoxic Dermatitis
  • oral contraceptives
  • a reaction to some a cosmetic product
  • over exposure to sunlight
  • Peribuccal Pigmentation
  • Genetics
  • Hormonal changes during pregnancy
  • Melasma

The high number of things that can trigger hypermelanosis means it can take a while before you and your dermatologist determine the exact cause of your pigmentation disorder. Once the cause has been identified, things will get easier and the treatment is generally very easy. If the cause is something simple, such as to much sunlight, or issues with the cosmetic products you use, making some lifestyle changes will correct the problem.

If it turns out that the reason behind your hypermelanosis is a medical problem, correcting your pigmentation problems will be a bit more difficult. Before your dermatologist can set about correcting the pigmentation problem, the medical issues triggering the condition will need to be dealt with, which could require you seeing yet another doctor. If more than one doctor is needed, you will want to make sure they stay in close contact with your dermatologist so the treatment for the underlying medical condition, as well as the treatment for the hypermelanosis can be arranged to work in tandem.

Treatments your dermatologist will most likely suggest to help correct your hypermelanosis problem include:

  • Chemical peels
  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Dermabrasion
  • triple cream medication
  • lasers

The type of treatment and the amount of time that passes before the hypermelanosis has been reversed will depend on how deeply the hypermelanosis has penetrated the derma layer.

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