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Hypopigmentation Remedies

The loss of color from the skin resulting from a prolonged illness or an injury is known as hypopigmentagtion. Hypopigmentation occurs when the melanin producing cells called melanocytes stop producing the coloring pigment of the skin. This could happen due to a trauma sustained by the skin or due to laser surgeries. This condition is often associated with albinism and vitiligo.

Causes of hypo pigmentation:

  • Injury or trauma to the skin: The melanocytes might get damaged due to such an injury. In such a case, the cells stop producing melanin and the skin appears light and discolored.
  • Formation of blisters due to an insect bite, infection or injury. The formation of these can often impair the functioning of the melanocytes. These eventually heal and leave behind discolored patches.
  • Burns: While superficial burns may heal in some time, there are deeper burns that not only affect the upper layer of the skin, but penetrate deeper and damage the melanocytes.
  • Skin infections: allergic or bacterial infections that cause trauma to the skin may also leave behind discolored patches.
    Often when there is loss of pigment, hypopigmentation treatment is not required. The loss of color is temporary and once the skin feels healthier, the color too comes back. Usually it takes about a week for the skin to recover its melanin level. However, this solely depends on the surface area and the depth of the trauma or injury sustained by the skin.
    If there is excessive white scarring on the skin, it is because the skin has sustained a deep injury. Sometimes this kind of a deep injury causes fibrosis which forms a heavy looking white colored scar tissue.
  • For such kind of scarring, hypopigmentation treatment using some dermatological products might be taken. The products can help restore the melanocytes and the production of melanin.

There are other treatments that involve the use of laser and chemical resurfacing of skin. There have been numerous studies that suggest success of these treatments. These treatments can successfully stimulate melanocytes, therefore increasing the production of melanin. The discolored patches are hence blended back in the skin.

Hypopigmentation remedy for vitiligo varies greatly from the other treatments. Effective treatment of hypopigmentation is also required in this condition because it is socially embarrassing for those who suffer from it. The treatment for hypopigmentation in vitiligo often involves the injection of melanocytes into the skin. Topically applied steroid ointments have also been observed to be a viable hypopigmentation cure.

Vitiligo is caused by a faulty autoimmune response, and therefore one of the treatment suggests the use of immunomodulating drugs. Application of ultraviolet light on the affected area has also been seen as effective treatment for hypopigmentation.