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Pigmentation means coloring. Skin pigmentation disorders affect the color of your skin. Your skin gets its color from a pigment called melanin. Special cells in the skin make 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.

If your body makes too much melanin, your skin gets darker. Pregnancy, Addison's disease, and sun exposure all can make your skin darker. If your body makes too little melanin, your skin gets lighter. Vitiligo is a condition that causes patches of light skin. Albinism is a genetic condition affecting a person's skin. A person with albinism may have no color, lighter than normal skin color, or patchy missing skin color. Infections, blisters and burns can also cause lighter skin.

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  1. Skin Pigmentation Disorders (National Library of Medicine)  
    Pigmentation means coloring. Skin pigmentation disorders affect the color of your skin. Your skin gets its color from a pigment called melanin. Special cells in ...
  2. newsletter | contact Share | Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation Information for adults A A A In people with darker skin, an acute rash can be followed by chronic pigment that ...
  3. Hyperpigmentation (American Osteopathic College of Dermatology)  
    ... Favorite Name: Category: Share: Yes No, Keep Private Hyperpigmentation Share | Hyperpigmentation is a common, usually harmless condition in which ... normal skin color, forms deposits in the skin. Hyperpigmentation can affect the skin color of people of ...
  4. ClinicalTrials.gov: Hyperpigmentation From the National Institutes of Health (National Institutes of Health)  
  5. Hyperpigmentation; Hypopigmentation ... Causes of hyperpigmentation include: History of skin inflammation (post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation) Use of certain medications (such as minocycline) Endocrine diseases such ...
  6. Hyperpigmentation refers to skin that has turned darker than normal where the change that has occurred is ...
  7. Generalized hyperpigmentation, in addition to localized areas of even deeper pigmentation is sometimes found in patients with malignancy. Etiology ...
  8. Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation is seen here in a mottled pattern, over the posterior shoulder. Hemosiderin, left behind by degraded RBC's, creates ...
  9. 1088 ... www.nlm.nih.gov ... Hyperpigmented concentric rings over the tibia are secondary to prior inflammation. Residual hemosiderin from broken ...
  10. Melasma (Logical Images)  
    ... Melasma is a common cause of facial darkening (hyperpigmentation) in women. It is related to hormonal changes ... hydrocortisone cream, which may also help with the hyperpigmentation. Combination therapy with tretinoin cream may also be ...
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