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Skin Pigmentations

 

Birthmarks

  • Birthmarks are not always present at birth and can occur weeks after delivery.

  • Typically benign patches of pink and tan color variations.  

  • They are typically permanent, slowly growing with development

  • Birthmarks are asymptomatic and do not require treatment 

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Melasma

  • Benign tan patches presenting on sun-exposed areas of the face, commonly the cheeks, forehead, and upper lip 

  • Melasma can occur after sun-exposure as a result of photosensitizing medications or with hormonal changes during pregnancy and oral contraceptive use

  • Topical creams, chemical peels, and cosmetic devices can improve Melasma 

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Vitilgo

  • Vitiligo is the loss of pigment or skin color resulting in white to light smooth patches

  • May present symmetrically or unilaterally on the body.

  • Associated with genetic factors, but the exact cause is unknown

  • Very difficult to treat and results are variable even with prescription medication

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