Expert opinion on current trends in hyperpigmentation management: Indian perspective
Keywords:Hyperpigmentation, Pigmentary disorders, Photoprotection, Patient adherence
Hyperpigmentation is a common pigmentary disorder characterized by increased production of melanin. It is present in Asian skin phototypes, with a higher prevalence in the Indian population. Skin heterogeneity is seen in more than 80% of individuals of all age groups and genders in several cities across India. In children, the prevalence of hyperpigmentary disorders accounts for 1.54 per 1000 children.Sixty expert dermatologists participated in expert group meetings via teleconference webinar to elaborate on the current trends in the management of hyperpigmentary disorders. The major reasons for hyperpigmentary disorders in India include melanocyte function followed by exposure to ultraviolet radiation, race, ethnicity, use of medications, pregnancy, and use of cosmetic. There are wide varieties of skin-lightening or depigmenting agents and skin resurfacing procedures that aid in the management of hyperpigmentation. However, treatment becomes challenging due to compliance issues related to affordability, complexity of prescriptions, and treatment duration. Compliance increases only if the patient sees any improvement or discontinues treatment due to higher expectations. Hence, the success of the treatment lies in patient adherence. This article summarizes expert opinions on identifying, diagnosing, and managing hyperpigmentation with the help of topical depigmenting agents in the Indian scenario. It also emphasizes treatment adherence issues along with the role of patient counseling and education regarding disease awareness and treatment strategies.
Hyperpigmentation - American Osteopathic College of Dermatology (AOCD). 2020. Available at: https://www.aocd.org/page/Hyperpigmentation. Accessed on 19 August 2020.
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