Treating Pigmentation Disorders in Salt Lake City, UT

Swinyer – Woseth Dermatology Treats Pigmentation Disorders

Patients throughout Salt Lake City, UT rely on the dermatologists at Swinyer – Woseth Dermatology to help treat their pigmentation disorders. A person’s skin color is determined by a pigment called melanin, which comprises specialized cells known as melanocytes. These cells affect skin tone, hair color, eye color, and more. However, if a person has abnormal melanin, he or she may suffer from skin pigmentation disorders. Our team of dermatologists specializes in treating conditions including vitiligo, hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation, and more. If you are concerned with the appearance of your skin, let us know. We will address your issues in a warm, inviting environment to restore your confidence. Call us today to learn more about how we can help.

What Are Skin Pigmentation Disorders?

Skin pigmentation disorders come in many forms affecting your appearance. Melanin levels vary among individuals based on race, sunlight exposure, and hormonal changes, and can lead to skin discoloration. Skin pigmentation disorders are the result of these imbalances and reflect either too much or too little melanin. Common skin pigmentation disorders include:

  • Albinism – A rare, inherited disorder, albinism reduces the amount of melanin in skin, hair, and eyes. People with the condition have white hair and pale skin.
  • Melasma – Marked by dark brown to gray-brown patches of pigment on one’s face, melasma is known as the “mask of pregnancy” when it occurs in pregnant women.
  • Vitiligo – When pigment-producing cells are damaged, the result can be smooth, white patches on the skin. Known as vitiligo, this condition is an autoimmune disorder.
  • Hyperpigmentation – An increase in melanin causes hyperpigmentation, which leads to darkened patches of skin.
  • Hypopigmentation – Conversely, a reduction in melanin causes hypopigmentation, which results in a loss of color.

What Are Symptoms Associated with Skin Pigmentation Disorders?

Skin pigmentation disorders are typically marked by an abundance or lack of color in a person’s skin or patches of skin. Albinism, a form of hypopigmentation, is a condition that often also involves vision problems. Certain types of skin pigmentation disorders may also extend to hair, leaving patches without color.

What Causes Skin Pigmentation Disorders?

The leading cause of skin pigmentation disorders is prolonged sun exposure. The dermatologists at Swinyer – Woseth Dermatology recommend taking precautions before spending time in the sun because its UV rays are harmful to your skin. Other causes of skin pigmentation disorders include hormonal imbalances, rashes and infections, mosquito bites, and acne. In the case of vitiligo, many believe an autoimmune condition causes your immune system to attack your skin’s melanocyte cells.

When You Should See a Doctor

You should visit a dermatologist in Salt Lake City, UT at the first sign of any discoloration on your skin. It is possible that skin discoloration is indicative of a serious condition. But even if your skin pigmentation disorder is mild, the team at Swinyer – Woseth Dermatology should evaluate you. We will assess your vulnerability to additional problems and act quickly to minimize the effects you are already experiencing.

How to Effectively Diagnose Skin Pigmentation Disorders

The team of experts at Swinyer – Woseth Dermatology perform a physical exam to diagnose your skin pigmentation disorder. Typically, mere observation of your condition is an adequate basis for a diagnosis. We will also review your medical history and any habits that could be contributing to the problems you are having with your skin.

Treating Skin Pigmentation Disorders in Salt Lake City, UT

Treatment for skin pigmentation disorders varies depending on the condition. Our dermatologists will use years of experience to determine the perfect treatment plan for you. In cases of pigment loss after skin damage, you may not even need treatment. Makeup can typically cover blemishes that result from ulcers, blisters, burns, or infections. But when you do need assistance, we can offer:

  • Chemical peels – Laser treatments and chemical peels can lighten the effects of melasma so that your skin tone is more even.
  • Prescription creams – Hydroquinone and tretinoin found in prescription creams can also lighten patches affected by hyperpigmentation.
  • Cover-up treatments – For patients who suffer from vitiligo, we can offer long-lasting dyes, UV light therapy, and light-sensitive medicines to even skin tone.

Contact Swinyer – Woseth Dermatology Today

Skin pigmentation disorders can affect a person’s confidence. Having an uneven skin tone will draw the attention of strangers and result in all eyes on you. The team of dermatologists at Swinyer – Woseth Dermatology recognizes the mental toll this can take on individuals. But we also know that your condition is not all that uncommon. We can diagnose your condition and provide treatment options that will help beautify your skin and enhance your self-image. From our friendly clinic in Salt Lake City, UT, we have treated countless patients just like you. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

What Makes Us Unique?

  • Board Certified Dermatologists
  • Member of the American Society for Mohs Surgery
  • Skin Cancer Treatments Available
  • Skin Care Products Available
  • Comfortable and Professional Atmosphere
  • Friendly Staff Members
  • Cosmetic Services Done by Licensed Providers