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What Can Cause Patches of Skin Discoloration?

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Areas of skin discoloration can occur for many different reasons.

The reasons behind a small or large area of skin with a different coloration than your usual skin tone can range from a simple sunburn, to a birthmark, or a medical condition that is affecting your skin.

In this article, we will go over a few of the reasons why you might see a skin discoloration.


Skin discolorations can often occur from birthmarks.

These discolorations normally appear upon birth or shortly after, and some may fade over time.

Speak with a doctor to verify if a skin discoloration is a birthmark or some other skin condition.


Getting a sunburn can cause changes in the color of your skin, and they are characterized by being red, painful, and swollen.

If you have a severe sunburn you may experience blistering or peeling of the burned areas.


Melasma is a painless skin condition that is characterized by grey or brown patches of skin that are different than your usual skin tone and normally appear on the face.

Melasma can be caused by hormone fluctuations that occur during pregnancy and is sometimes called “mask of pregnancy” or Chloasma.

Certain prescription medications can help fade skin discolorations, and treatment generally consists of sun avoidance to prevent the condition from worsening.

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To see if Strut Melasma Formula is a good option for your Melasma, have an Online Consultation with our doctors today.


Small brown or black skin discolorations can occur in the form of moles.

Moles can be raised or flat, and if they seem to remain the same there is likely no cause for concern.

But, moles that are irregular, change shape, or have multiple colors may be signs of melanoma skin cancer, so it is best to have regular skin checks or keep an eye on suspicious moles.


Vitiligo is a skin condition that causes a patchy loss of pigment on the skin.

The skin affected tends to be sun-exposed areas, but can occur on any skin areas.

Vitiligo does not cause any pain or other symptoms aside from the loss of skin color, and is considered to be an immune-mediated disease.

Hyperpigmentation from Inflammation

If you have had a recent inflammatory event happen on your skin by a rash, acne, or blister, you may have red or darkened hyperpigmentation marks lingering.

These marks generally fade on their own with time but you can speak with a dermatologist to identify ways to fade or get rid of hyperpigmentation marks.


Rosacea is a very common skin condition that causes redness, flushing, swelling, irritation, and tiny pimples mainly centered on the face.

Those with rosacea may start noticing an increased tendency to flush or blush and the condition may progress from there.

Strut Rosacea Formula is a compounded physician formulated blend of multiple prescription Rosacea medications to help reduce the redness and flushing characteristic of Rosacea.


Psoriasis is characterized by scaly, crusty, flaky, patches of skin that may appear whitish to reddish.

This condition is likely immune-mediated.

Contact Dermatitis

Contact dermatitis can occur after contact with an irritating substance or an allergen.

The area can have clear borders and appear red, raw, scaly, or blistered.


Eczema appears as yellow or white scaly skin patches that tend to flake off.

The eczema patches may become red, itchy or oily.

Tinea Versicolor

Tinea versicolor is a slow-growing skin fungal infection that can appear white, red, tan, brown, or pink.

This infection can feel slightly itchy, dry, or flaky and will likely not tan.


Ringworm is a fungal infection that causes round red or silver patches on the skin.

These round patches can feel slightly itchy, dry, or scaly.


Lupus is an immune-mediated condition that has a telltale symmetrical facial rash.

This rash is sometimes called a “butterfly rash” and is often located across the bridge of the nose and the cheeks.

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