Skin discoloration has a variety of causes. Sometimes skin discoloration is present at birth; other times, it arises from skin conditions like tinea versicolor.
Regardless of the reason, most skin discolorations are the result of pigment-creating cells, called melanocytes, creating too much pigment (melanin). Melanin often affects nearby skin cells, spreading the discoloration over a larger area.
In some cases, these discolorations naturally occur with aging; in others, they’re caused by too much sun exposure. Certain skin-darkening conditions, like melasma, are caused by hormonal changes, while others have unknown causes.
There are many types of skin discoloration, including:
Sun spots or age spots
The cause of your skin discoloration will determine how Dr. Bushore treats it. If your skin discoloration is mild, he offers a range of skin care products that may be able to reduce the discoloration.
For other conditions, he offers resurfacing treatments, including:
For more severe conditions like melanoma, a dangerous form of skin cancer, cryotherapy may be used to eliminate discoloration. During cryotherapy, Dr. Bushore freezes the affected area and removes it.
If you have a large area of discoloration, he may suggest surgical options, such as skin grafts, to create a more uniform skin tone and texture.
Regardless of the treatment, Dr. Bushore encourages all of his patients to take preventive measures when it comes to skin discoloration. He advises that you wear a daily sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher), even in the winter. For certain conditions, he also suggests wearing a hat with a wide brim and protective clothing.
If you suffer from skin discoloration and are looking for improved skin tone, contact Dr. Bushore’s office today. Call to schedule your appointment, or book online now.
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