Ask the Expert: What Can I Do to Get Rid of My Pigmentation Problems?


I have pigmentation problems and it is really bothering me. I have already obtained some treatment at some skin clinics and the results have so far been unsatisfactory. What causes pigmentation problems and what more can I do to make them go away?


There are many types of pigmentation disorders – which can only by diagnosed by either a doctor or a dermatologist.

This is because there is a wide variety of pigmentation disorders – ranging from genetic causes of the use of products unsuited for your skin.

Another example would be brown patches on the skin, also known as hyperpigmentation, which can also be caused by overexposure to the sun’s rays. Do note that such overexposure to solar rays can also aggravate any existing or underlying pigmentation problems.

For treatments, the options available are several and don’t necessarily need to be purely medical. The simplest solution could be cosmetic camouflage and there are also products that can be applied topically to the affected area to lighten the pigmentation appearance.

After consultation with a medical practitioner, chances are some form of prescription drug may be dispensed or possibly more invasive recommendations which could include laser treatments.

Do bear in mind that pigmentation problems do not go away overnight. With patience and perseverance in getting the right treatment, you could see marked improvements in your skin condition over a period of time.

[See also: Hyperpigmentation: Causes, Risk Factors, Treatment Options]


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