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Skin Pigmentation Problems

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Some skin conditions occur because the body produces either too much melanin (hyperpigmentation) or too little (hypopigmentation), which is the natural pigment responsible for the colour of our skin, hair and eyes. It’s melanin that protects the body from damaging ultraviolet light, which is why those with hypopigmentary conditions, such as albinism (causing light skin, white or pale yellow hair, and light blue or gray eyes) or vitilgo (which creates smooth, depigmented white spots on the skin) need to take extra care to protect their skin from the sun’s rays. ‘Liver spots’, which occur due to sun damage, are a common form of Hyperpigmentation (when the body produces too much melanin, causing skin to become darker than usual). Similarly, the skin condition melasma, which creates a dark mask-like discoloration that covers the cheeks and bridge of the nose, can often be triggered during pregnancy when haywire hormones lead to an overproduction of melanin that causes the “mask of pregnancy” on the face and darkened skin on the abdomen and other areas.

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My girlfriend has a dark brown patch, sort of like pigmentation, or a small bithmark on her areola (part of the nipple), she's worrying and panicking as we've searched the internet and still found nothing about it, it's all the same colour, no different colours or darker patches, so i dont think its cancer. It hasnt changed, shape, size or colour since she can remember. Looking for some reassurance or some insight into what it could be. She's 17 years of age, healthy and no other problems.





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Hi, I am 15 years old (almost 16) and I have started to have dark lines all over my left arm (only). It started over the autumn/winter. Small hives are also present. Please help x





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Dears, I have a darker patch (almost a rectangle) that starts on the bridge of my nose and goes under my left eye. it is really annoying can you tell me what is it and how to treat it? thank you.





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Hi, I am a 34 year old male and have loss of pigmentation in the lower half of my left nipple with some roughness , with some burning and occasional itchiness, it has been treated as a fungal infection and excma, but this has not changed anything. Been to breast clinic today who ruled out breast cancer and is advising referring to a dermatologist, any ideas what this could be, hard to find any similar cases?





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Hello, I am 27 and have had acne for years, I have hypopigmentation from acne scarring but now want it gone. I have sensitive skin and red hair. I keep finding more and more white flat round spots of white skin around my neck, chest and back. I went to see a specialist, but unfortunately because I have a 5 year keliod scar on my chest between my breasts (where my white scars are worse), I have been told I cannot do anything about it due to it being a warning sign that I may have more scarring as a result. I have just been told that I cannot have any treatments such as a chemical peel on my chest, back, or even my face and I am devastated. I am thinking of seeing an even more specialised person. What should I do, and who should I contact? I have already spoken to my GP and it bothers me when I get naked or go swimming. There also seems to be more all the time due to the odd spot. I've also found them on my groin. My acne is more under control now due to antidepressants which help my hormonal levels but now I want to control the other things in my life. Please help, thank you.





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Hi, I am 21 years old and I've had light pinkish coloring (which I heard was the lack of pigmentation) and it's on my stomach. My question: Is it hereditary and is there I anything I can do or use to get rid of the "pigmentation?" Also, it will get itchy on occasion.





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Hi. I have a brown circular mark on my cheek and is getting larger. It is about the size of a 1p. I have tried make up but no luck. Please could you help? My GP says it is sun damage. Thank you.





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Since my first pregnancy I developed brown pigmentation on my back , two years ago. I am now 29 weeks pregnant and the pigmentation seems to be more definite and spreading ? Is this normal should I get. This seen at the doctors as I am now worried it could be cancer.





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I am 29 years old, female. I have lived with this skin defect for as long as I remember. I have been bullied all my life and since I have tried to hide my legs always, i only wear long pants, dresses, skirts in public. I really have no way of explaining what it is. My skin (thighs, legs) have uneven skin tone, scars on my legs remain permanent and become doscoloured but never heal to disappear. I have always wanted to get help but never could find the courage or finances to get the appropriate help needed to find a way to remove or treat these scars and/or uneven skin tones. If you are able to help out, i am willing to send pics and willing to do anything to finally find a way to fix all of these. Please help me! Thanks





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Hey, I'm 19 and asian, I have a tanned complexion everywhere except my face has gotten a bit white/pale since moving to Australia and when I started using beauty products I think. I've recently started seeing more tiny black moles/freckles appearing on my face more often than before even though I go in the sun a fair bit, but its winter now and I'm getting it more than summer, was wondering if anyone has tips/advice on how to stop/reduce/prevent from more to appear?





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