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What is pigmentation?

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Pigmentation is the coloring of a person's skin. When you’re healthy, your skin color will look normal. If you’re ill or injured, your skin may change color, becoming darker (hyperpigmentation) or lighter (hypopigmentation).

SOURCES:

Merck Manual Home Health Handbook: "Overview of Skin Pigment."

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: "Hyperpigmentation."

American Academy of Dermatology: "Melasma."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Healthy Skin Matters."

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Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on August 27, 2019

SOURCES:

Merck Manual Home Health Handbook: "Overview of Skin Pigment."

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: "Hyperpigmentation."

American Academy of Dermatology: "Melasma."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Healthy Skin Matters."

FDA.

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on August 27, 2019

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