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What are the Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments for Hypopigmentation?


The appearance of patches on the skin that are lighter in color or tone than a person’s actual skin tone caused by insufficient melanin production.

Genetic and severe environmental conditions can cause melanin disruption. It is important to identify the root cause before undergoing treatment.(1)

− Medical diagnosis by a physician is required.
− Affects both men and women.
− Skin biopsy may be required.
− Can be physically and emotionally discomforting.
The common causes of hypopigmentation are vitiligo, tinea versicolor, pityriasis alba, albinism, lichen sclerosus, idiopathic guttate hypomelanosis, contact dermatitis, psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, healed blisters, burns and scars, and other skin infections such as eczema.
Ages affected – The age of the patient is not an important factor in case of hypopigmentation as it can affect all age groups and genders.


Partially self-diagnosable
Symptoms vary according to the cause but usually include the appearance of light patches on the skin and mild irritation (on the basis of disease).

People may experience
Skin – Patches of skin that are lighter in color than one’s overall skin tone can be seen in certain areas of skin on different parts of the body.
Irritation – Irritation or itching of the affected area in cases like psoriasis or dermatitis.


Self-care: Keep the skin adequately moisturized.
Medications: Condition-specific over-the-counter or prescription drugs should be taken.
Specialist: For other treatment options such as laser resurfacing, chemical peels, and dermabrasion, or in case of lack of significant improvement after starting treatment, consult a dermatologist. At mfine, modern techniques and treatments are used to help the patient with quick recovery. Contact today!

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