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Drug-Induced Pigmentation






Drug-induced alterations in pigmentation are relatively common, resulting from a variety of endogenous and exogenous pigments, and can be of significant cosmetic concern to the patient.



Causes:

Increase in melanin ACTH, phenytoin, estrogen/progesterone.

Increase in hemosiderin Minocycline.

Increase in exogenous pigment Minocycline (metabolite of minocycline).




Symptoms:

Brown or blue-grey patches will develop in areas of the skin exposed to the sun, including the face, tops of the ears, V of the neck, and outside of the arms.

brown or blue-grey patches will develop in areas of the skin exposed to the sun, including the face, tops of the ears, V of the neck, and outside of the arms.

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