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Pigmentation because of thyroid problem, how to treat ?

hello doctor , Iam 39 years old woman, my problems is pigmentation on cheeks from last 3 years but i discovers then just last year, my skin is dry and i have to use some oil base cream always on my face , till the age 20 i never took any precautions to protect my self form sun and from last 15 years bez of my work nature i spend almost time in side of office so not much contact with sun still i have got pigmentation, in 210 September i discover my hypo thyroid and i took thyroxsin25 mg for 9 month and after that i stop taking medicine for that as my thyroid is all right, and my doctor said i have got pigmentation because of my thyroid problem , plz help as iam not able to treat them anymore.
Asked On : Sat, 13 Aug 2011
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Orthopaedic Surgeon 's  Response
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Hypothyroidism can be associated with facial pigmentation. You could be suffering from hormonal disorder which can cause pigmentation. Do you have any problem in menstruation. Make sure your thyroid hormones are in normal level. There is specific treatment available to lighten the pigmentation like hydroquinone based ointments, laser removal as well. Avoid exposure to sunlight. Use Sunscreen SPF 25 with moisturiser for sun protection. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and green leafy vegetables. Drink plenty of water. Exercise daily by brisk walking for 40 minutes a day atleast. Get 6-8 hours of sleep daily. Kindly consult your Dermatologist to find the cause and treat accordingly.
Answered: Sun, 14 Aug 2011
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Dermatologist Dr. Anurag Mahajan's  Response
Hi there, I totally understand that pigmentation can be a really difficult problem to get rid of. First and foremost, try to avoid sunlight as far as possible. Use protective clothing, goggles, umbrella , wide brimmed hat while going out. Use a Sunscreen with an SPF 25 or higher for sun protection. Sunscreen should be used daily after bath and in afternoon even if u stay inside. This protects our skin from artificial light and reflected light from windows atc. Also use sunscreen 30 min. prior to going out in sun and repeat after every 2 hrs on continued axposure.

Besides this, you can use a combination cream containing glycolic acid, arbutin and kojic acid at night.

Thyroid problem can also cause stubborn pigmentation. Get it checked regularly.

Take plenty of green leafy veg., good sleep and lead a stress free life. Remember many times it is not possible to get rid of pigmentation altogether but it can definitely be reduced by using the above mentioned remedies.

consult a dermatologist and never use any over the counter creams without consulting the dermatologist. Many times steroid creams applied for this problem can cause transient improvement but can be very harmful for skin in the long run
Answered: Tue, 16 Aug 2011
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