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A pigment called melanin determines the color of your skin. If you have a pigmentation disorder, this can cause color changes in your skin. Perhaps the cells in your skin that make melanin become damaged, or you start to produce a surplus of melanin, which can darken patches of skin or all the skin on your body. Vitiligo is a pigmentation disorder that lightens your skin, while albinism is a genetic condition that produces skin with no color or very light skin color that is extremely sensitive to sun exposure. Pregnancy, sun exposure, and Addison’s disease also can affect the pigmentation of your skin.
Your Manhattan dermatologist at NY Skin RX offers several treatment options for pigmentation disorders. Chemical peels have an exfoliating effect that remove the surface layer of skin, including any discolored areas affected by pigmentation disorders. Dermabrasion or microdermabrasion also removes the surface layer of skin, lightening any areas suffering from hyperpigmentation. At NY Skin RX, we also offer photodynamic therapy (PDT), which can heal areas of the skin where pigmentation has been affected due to sun damage.