From a sunburn to a birthmark, there are many reasons for your skin to exhibit discolorations. You don’t have to run to the doctor for a sunburn — although you should learn the benefits of sunscreen — but your dermatologist can diagnose and treat most other forms of skin discoloration, especially if they bother you either in the way they look or in how much discomfort they cause. Call Century Medical and Dental, a multi-disciplinary practice, to speak to skin care experts.
Skin discoloration ages a person, since age spots or liver spots are often associated with old skin. Discolored skin can also be an indicator of underlying health problems. As your largest organ, skin often gives clues to conditions long before other symptoms become noticeable. Skin concerns affect men and women of all ages, but the older you become, the more likely it is that you’ll develop some kind of discoloration issue.
Abnormal pigmentation may be temporary, as in a sunburn, or permanent, as in a birthmark. Life events that leave scars process the pigment from melatonin differently than normal skin. That makes scarred patches of skin more susceptible to color changes. Check with best dermatologist of Century Medical and Dental Center to ensure that other, more serious underlying conditions aren’t present.
Changes in your skin or an unusual patch of color from birth may occur anywhere on your body. Depending on what causes your skin discoloration, your skin may become:
See your doctor if sudden changes occur. If you lose or gain noticeable color or pigmentation anywhere on your skin, hair or eyes, your Brooklyn dermatologist wants to examine it.
Many different types of skin discoloration conditions exist. Some are totally benign, while others can lead to serious complications if not treated properly. Typical discolorations include:
How your Century Medical and Dental Center dermatologist chooses to treat your skin condition depends on the underlying cause. Treating the root cause, as well as the skin symptoms, prevents further discoloration. For example, cirrhosis or jaundice stems from changes in your liver’s ability to process certain toxins. Flushing the system of these toxins, along with alcohol treatment or hepatitis C treatment, can reverse some of the more evident side effects of these diseases.
Acne and rosacea both affect the surface — as well as the many layers — of your skin. Proper medication and cleansing techniques remove bacteria and minimize the appearance of acne. Medicated topical treatment reduces the itchy, scaly patches of rosacea.
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Laser technology now makes living with birthmarks a thing of the past. Just as lasers can remove the ink of an unwanted tattoo, they also prove effective at breaking down the pigment of some birthmarks, although the procedure is slightly uncomfortable. Lasers allow your body to process and slough off the embarrassing color of birthmarks.
Other treatment options exist for restoring skin color or making your skin tone more even. Results may be sometimes unpredictable, as everyone’s skin responds differently. Living with lightened or darkened patches, scaly or itchy, red or inflamed skin is no longer necessary. Your dermatologist offers creams that control inflammation, medications that protect and bolster your immune system, light therapies, surgeries to graft skin, and treatments for blisters and infections. Contact your Brooklyn medical practitioner today.Page Updated on Sep 1, 2022 by Dr. Dvorkina (Primary Care Doctor) of Century Medical & Dental Center
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