What are the symptoms of a melanin deficiency?

Not Medical Advice: Melanin deficiency or hypopigmentation symptoms include whitening or other skin color changes. It happens when the skin cells lose pigment and become whiter.

It can be classified into two causes, generalized and localized:

Generalized Hypopigmentation can be due to albinism and hypo-pituitary disease, while Localized Hypopigmentation areas can be due to piebaldism, Pityriasis Alba, chemical toxins, Vitiligo, halo nevus, Pityriasis versicolor, leprosy, tuberous sclerosis and post-inflammatory hypopigmentation.

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Updated on Tuesday, July 22 2014 at 09:44AM EDT
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