Depigmentation of the skin can be caused by a number of local and systemic conditions. The pigment loss can be partial (such as after injury to the skin) or complete (such as from vitiligo). It can be temporary (such as from tinea versicolor) or permanent (such as from albinism).
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Other causes of depigmentation of skin
- Albinism (Inherited Lack of Skin Pigment)
- Dermatitis (Inflammation of the Skin)
- Infection (Commonly Fungus Called Tinea Alba or Pityriasis Versicolor)
- Steroid (Corticosteroids, Either Topical or Injected)
- Trauma Injury to Skin
Pictures, Images, Illustrations & Quizzes
Picture of Tinea Versicolor
Tinea versicolor is a fungal infection that causes small patches of discolored spots on your skin. It's also called pityriasis...
Picture of Vitiligo (Neck)
Vitiligo. This photo shows a large patch of vitiligo on the back neck of a child. These types of white patches develop after skin...
Picture of Vitiligo on Back
Vitiligo is an autoimmune condition in which the pigment forming cells known as melanocytes are injured, resulting in white...
Picture of Vitiligo: Hair
A condition in which the skin turns white due to the loss of pigment from the melanocytes, cells that produce the pigment melanin...
Picture of Vitiligo: Punch Grafts
Vitiligo is a common acquired disorder of skin pigmentation characterized by localized loss of skin pigment secondary to...
Causes of Depigmentation of Skin
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Tinea versicolor is a fungus infection that mainly affects the skin of young people. Recognized by light or reddish brown spots, and areas lighter than the surrounding skin. Tinea versicolor is caused by yeast actually found in our skin. Factors like heat, humidity, and sweat help it proliferate in people, resulting in a rash that is not contagious to others.
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