What is Seborrheic Melanosis?

Seborrheic melanosis is pigmentation that is seen on folds of skin like the nose corners, around the mouth, under the lower lip and arm-pits.

What causes Seborrheic melanosis?

Seborrheic melanosis is caused due to a yeast infection called Seborrheic Dermatitis. People with oily skin are more prone to developing it. Sun exposure and friction from jewelry and clothing can further darken the pigmentation. It can be worse if the person is overweight. The darkening can also result due to profuse sweating. Use of Deodorants and anti-perspirants can also trigger it.

How is Seborrheic melanosis treated?

Seborrheic melanosis is secondary to seborrheic dermatitis. Therefore treating seborrheic dermatitis is important to get rid of the pigmentation. The triggers are to be identified and avoided. Once the seborrheic dermatitis is treated, the pigmentation is treated using skin lightening and exfoliating treatments.