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Change in color of the skin: Here is everything you need to know


Pigmentation is a disorder that affects the color of the skin.

Albinism (a kind of pigmentation disorder) is more prevalent in African countries; around 1 in every 5,000-15,000 people are estimated to be affected with albinism.[1]

- Can affect both men and women
- Includes various types of skin pigmentation
- It can be hereditary, congenital or acquired

Melanin is the pigment that determines the skin color. Pigmentation treatment usually depends upon the type and cause of a disorder. Albinism and vitiligo are some skin pigmentation disorders for which there is no cure.

Ages affected People of all ages are affected


Symptom varies for all kind of skin pigmentation. It can happen to a localized area of the body or to the entire body. The symptoms basically include discoloration of the skin, raised skin, and patches.

People may experience
Smooth white patches (vitiligo)
Dark brown or grayish brown patches
Raised brown or black spots
Thick and dark skin
White hair and pale skin


Self-care: Avoiding exposure to the sun, using sunscreen and covering the affected area, and proper use of prescribed drugs.

Medications: Over-the-counter lightning creams and prescribed medication such as light-sensitive creams, gel, oral medication.

Specialists: For other health issues, consult a physician. At mfine, we are here to consult you for all your medical conditions. Visit us online and get instant consultation.

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