Common "Hyperpigmentation" queries answered by top doctors | iCliniq


Hyperpigmentation is when the skin becomes darker than the surrounding skin. The common types of hyperpigmentation are age spots, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH), melasma. The treatment options include topical creams (Corticosteroids, Kojic acid, Hydroquinone), laser therapy, chemical peels, and microdermabrasion.

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I have dark circles and hyperpigmentation. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I had undergone a Co2 laser treatment around my eyes about three and half years ago. Now, I am left with dark circles under the eyes along with hyperpigmentation and redness. About one and half weeks back, the doctor prescribed me a cream that has Kojic acid 1%, Glycolic acid 5%, Betam...  Read Full »

Dr. Sushil Kakkar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through your query and reviewed the pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I suggest you a moderately potent topical steroid like Fluticasone propionate 0.05 % cream, twice daily for a few days. Prescription hyperpigmentation treatment ca...  Read Full »

What are the best and quickest treatments for severe hyperpigmentation?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had a serious hyperpigmentation problem. I have been using Aziderm cream and skin lite cream (under a doctor's supervision)for months now, but I can not see much difference in my skin. The skin tone of my face and neck area is very dark whereas in other areas it is ​fair and t...  Read Full »

Dr. Gaurang Gupta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thanks for the query. Skin tanning is a side effect of excessive sunlight exposure. I suggest treatment and precautions, kindly follow that. Avoid direct sunlight exposure as much as you can. Wear sunglass, and caps and cover the exposed part of the body all the ti...  Read Full »

Please suggest a solution to reduce pigmentation by using natural elements?

Query: Hello doctor, How can a 50-year-old person reduce the pigmentation by using natural elements?  Read Full »

Dr. Theresa Gregory

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I assume you are referring to hyper-pigmentation, most often caused by UV rays exposure and hormonal imbalances. Laser treatment can be very beneficial, but it is expensive. There are natural solutions, which can be quite effective. It is best to try a little bit on a...  Read Full »

Can hyperpigmented scar be removed?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 30 year old male. I have a disfigured nose tip with the hyperpigmented scar as a result of a Hydroquinone reaction (Melalite 15 cream). I have undergone several treatments including dermabrasion, subcision and chemical peel. Currently, I am taking Limcee (vitamin c) tablets and co...  Read Full »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Since you already undergone all possible treatments, the last nonsurgical option, but a very good option is ND:YAG laser (neodymium-doped yttrium aluminium garnet laser) along with the daily night application of Clearz daily cream (Kojic acid and vitamin C) during night...  Read Full »

My skin is damaged due to prolonged steroid use. Please advise.

Query: Hello doctor,I am 32 years old, and I believe I have a severe case of steroid-damaged skin. I stopped using steroids some years ago; however, I still have severe hyperpigmentation, thin skin, and lines. I have tried various remedies, including chemical peels, moisturizers, cleansers, sunscreens, and...  Read Full »

Dr. Nagaraj

Answer: Hello,Welcome to have read your query, and I can understand your concern.Steroids are double-edged swords. They should be used judiciously under the supervision of a doctor for a limited duration and specific conditions. Steroids are very commonly misused to enhance the appearance of t...  Read Full »

I have discolored hip patches despite normal tests. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 59-year-old female. I have discolored patches on my hip that just recently developed. Within the last month, I have had CT stomach, routine blood work, X-ray but they all returned normal. I do have chronic stress and I have been constantly losing weight and usually go to pass st...  Read Full »

Dr. Shanza Ikram

Answer: Hi, Welcome to There are a number of causes of pigmentation, but you have not provided a picture to look that what type of pigmentation you are having. In my opinion, send a picture or see a doctor physically. Also, inform if other sites are also involved. Causes include drugs, diabet...  Read Full »

How to reduce pigmentation due to melasma on the face?

Query: Hi doctor,I have pigmentation with dark spots and melasma on my face for the past 16 years. I have taken a lot of medication and consulted many dermatologists. But there is no relief. My past medications are Claripex, Dermaclean, Cybele scagel, Sangobian, Evion, Glutamax, Colophylum, Lycopodium, and...  Read Full »

Dr. Subhash Kashyap

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Melasma occurs due to the sensitivity of dark color-producing cells called melanocytes in the skin. In some cases, some of the cells present in the affected area become more sensitive to the sun and they produce more pigments. The reason behind it is not clear. Avoid ha...  Read Full »

I have dry gray spots after sunbath, and I feel uncomfortable. What to do?

Query: Hello doctor,I have dry gray spots. After sunbath I got this and is uncomfortable while reading.  Read Full »

Dr. Payal Chauhan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand that you are concerned. But the picture attached is quite blurry. Kindly send a clear and well-focused photograph to help you better.  Read Full »

Is there any relation between dark vaginal pigmentation and herpes?

Query: Hello doctor, I have two concerns. I have not had sex in over a month and I used a condom with a partner I have been on and off with over the last two years. I have never had any sores from him, and he never had a sore either. My concerns are: I have noticed this dark pigmentation in a few spots. Th...  Read Full »

Dr. Amit Kyal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Do not be worried. Just a dark pigmentation or red area is not of much significance. In herpes, usually, there are a lot of painful eruptions which is not so in your case. In warts, there are irregular bumps which are again not so in your case. Just maintain genital ...  Read Full »

How can I get rid of a black scar on my skin?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 26 years old and weigh 330 pounds. I have black scars on my skin, and it appears rough and itchy. Kindly help. Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Gaurang Gupta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. To lighten black scars, I suggest applying the following measures: Avoid direct sunlight as much as possible. Always wear sunglasses and caps, and cover any exposed parts of the body. Apply sunscreen to your e...  Read Full »

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