The CDC has announced new mask protocols for vaccinated individuals, however as the announcement does not apply to hospitals or medical facilities, there will be no changes for our office protocols for patients, guests, and staff members. Masks are still a requirement for all patients, guests and staff at our offices.

To ensure your health and safety we will continue to implement the following:

  • Confidential virtual consultations (telemedicine) with all doctors using Klara to allow patients to continue their care with the physicians they know and trust while staying safe in the comfort of their own home. Please text 718-550-5971 to sign up. Please note that patients should not send photos or other clinically relevant information until they have agreed to move forward with their appointment using Klara.
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  • Bookings for in-person appointments 

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out. We are here for you!

Sincerely,
Dermatology & Surgery Associates

Uneven Skin Tone

OVERVIEW

Uneven skin tone happens when areas of your skin are lighter or darker than other parts. It affects your skin's overall pigmentation due to a pigment known as melanin. Disruption or damage to melanin-producing cells leads to changes in skin tone.

Areas of patches that are darker have too much melanin production, and this condition is referred to as hyperpigmentation. Areas that are lighter, on the other hand, happen when your body makes little to no melanin.

What are the Causes of an Uneven Skin Tone?

Genetics, an injury, and infections—fungal and bacterial infections—can all lead to changes to your skin tone. An uneven skin tone can also be caused for the following variety of reasons, including:

  • Changes to melanin production
  • Exposure to the sun and UV light
  • Being pregnant
  • Certain diseases such as Addison's disease
  • Hormonal changes
  • Allergic reaction

While most changes to your skin tone are cosmetic and are not likely to affect your physical health, your board-certified dermatologist can help if it starts to affect your sense of self.

Treatment for Uneven Skin Tone is Safe When Performed by a Board-Certified Dermatologist

Smoothing out your skin's texture will also help when evening out your skin tone. Depending on your symptoms and desired results, your dermatologist may prescribe one or more of the following treatments for an uneven skin tone:

  • Chemical Exfoliation
    While the use of over-the-counter products are recommended on a regular basis as part of your weekly skincare routine, for more effective results, your derm may prescribe a chemical exfoliation. This treatment can help slough off dead skin cells, stimulate your body's collagen production and improve your skin's texture.
  • Hydroquinone
    A prescription cream, hydroquinone, is a brightening agent that works by slowing down the production of melanin in your skin.
  • Vitamin C
    Milder than hydroquinone, vitamin C has been shown to brighten your skin tone, fade hyperpigmentation areas and decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

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