Types of pigment disorders we can treat / diagnose include:
- Melasma: In some women, estrogen, progesterone (female hormones), and sun exposure can cause patches of dark skin on the face. Melasma often develops during pregnancy – but can be the result of other circumstances.
- Postinflammatory hyperpigmentation: Dark patches of skin can develop during healing of inflammatory skin conditions, such as acne or eczema, or after trauma to the skin, such as surgery or certain cosmetic or dermatological procedures.
- Vitiligo: Uneven white patches, which is due to an immune system response targeting melanocytes, develop on the face, elbows, hands, knees, feet, genitals, or more extensive areas.
Diagnosis of Pigmentary DisordersWe are experts at evaluating symptoms to confirm a diagnosis. We begin with a thorough evaluation that includes a:
- Physical exam
- Review of personal and family medical history
- Discussion of symptoms
- Applying sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher
- Wearing sun-protective clothing
- Avoiding sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.