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Photo-melanosis: Pigmentation Of Skin

About

Photo-melanosis is a kind of skin pigmentation induced by the overexposure of the skin to the sun. Usually, the affected areas are the face, neck, back and arms.

90% of the cases reported are of women. [1]

- Also known as melasma
- Common and usually harmless
- More common in women, particularly during pregnancy or the use of oral contraceptives
- Can become a chronic condition
- Lab tests and imaging are not required

In photo-melanosis, hyperpigmentation or dark patches develop on the parts of the skin that are overexposed to the sun’s radiation. The hyperpigmentation is the result of excess melanin in the epidermis, dermis or both. The main reason for many kinds of pigmentations is vitamin D via too much of sun exposure acting as a catalyst in the production of melanin.

Symptoms

The formation of pigmented patches affects the following areas:
- Face
- Forehead
- Zygomatic cheeks or the widest part of the cheeks near the cheek-bone
- Nose
- Upper cutaneous lip

Treatment

Self-diagnosable
Some therapeutic strategies can be used for curing this condition. Here, the hyperpigmentation is bleached, and the formation of any new pigment is prevented by blocking sun exposure.

Medication

The hyperpigmentation can be prevented using sunscreen lotions with a minimum SPF of 30+.
A dermatologist may also suggest the medical combination of hydroquinone, topical retinoid and corticosteroid creams.

Specialists

Pigmentation in photo-melanosis can be taken care of completely if treated in the early stages. Dermatologist prescribed medication can help in early recovery. At mfine, you can get in touch with the dermatologists from top-notch hospitals within minutes of appointment.
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Dr. Girish Panth

Dr. Girish Panth

MD- Dermatology

33+ years exp

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Apollo Hospitals

Bangalore

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Dr. D. Indira

Dr. D. Indira

MD, DVL - Dermatology (PGIMER, Chandigarh)

25+ years exp

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Aster Prime Hospital

Hyderabad

Dermatologist

Dr. Praveen Rodrigues

Dr. Praveen Rodrigues

MD - Dermatology

25+ years exp

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North Bangalore Hospital

Bangalore

Dermatologist

Dr. Syed Hidayathulla

Dr. Syed Hidayathulla

MRCGP (UK), M.B.B.S, Fellowship in Aesthetic Medicine

24+ years exp

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Primecare Hospital

Bangalore

Dermatologist

Dr. Sharath Gurrala

Dr. Sharath Gurrala

MS Gen.Surgery, MRCS (Edinburgh), MRCS (Ireland), MRCGP, DFFP, MCh Plastic Surge...

21+ years exp

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KIMS Hospital

Hyderabad

Dermatologist

Dr. Abeera Mansoor

Dr. Abeera Mansoor

MBBS, DDVL

17+ years exp

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Royal Bangalore Hospital

Bangalore

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