Treating your Skin Discoloration

Treating your Skin Discoloration

Skin discoloration, or hyperpigmentation, refers to darker spots of skin that can manifest anywhere on your body. Although certain aspects that might trigger these symptoms of skin discoloration are out of your control, there is a lot you can do to prevent them, and a lot also that your Royal Oak, MI, dermatologist can do to help treat them. Learn more by reaching out to Dr. O’Neal Koger of Koger Dermatology.


With hyperpigmentation, these spots or patches appear as either brown or dark, but are typically simply darker than the skin that surrounds them. They can appear on your face, chest, on your arms, or your hands. They can be small or cover large parts of your body. If you are unsure if you are dealing with hyperpigmentation or other condition, it's always a good idea to consult with your dermatologist.

These patches of discoloration occur because of deposits of melanin that can form there, melanin refers to the pigment that produces your normal skin color.

Genetics often play a role in determining whether you'll encounter problems with skin discoloration, but other triggers include sun exposure, acne, and hormonal changes.

Skin Discoloration Treatment in Royal Oak, MI

Although not a dangerous condition, skin discoloration can be difficult to ignore, especially if it is somewhere very visible on your body.

An important step to take is to use sunscreen regularly to protect your skin from the sun, overexposure to it can trigger the condition.

Over-the-counter treatments can be effective in lightening these discolored patches, but usually take longer than prescribed topical medication.

Your doctor may also suggest procedures such as dermabrasion, chemical peels, and laser treatments to treat the troubled areas.

Depending on your own specific circumstances, a combination of treatments may be the best solution.

Get help with skin discoloration by scheduling a consultation in Royal Oak, MI, with Dr. O’Neal Koger of Koger Dermatology by dialing (248) 435-6622.

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