Skin discolorations

Skin discolorations and spots are often related to sun exposure. Intentionally staying out in the sun and tanning can cause these discolorations to appear. Alternatively, some other skin discolorations can be caused by an inflammatory process in the skin like lupus, or a previous rash. It’s important to see your local board certified dermatologist to diagnose your skin issue and start appropriate treatment that can improve the discolorations and marks on your skin. Some skin discoloration issues Dr. Obayan treats include: Lentigines or lentigo- brown, circular sun spots that tend to appear on the face, arms, and legs and are caused by sun exposure

  • Melasma- A discoloration of the skin that is more common in skin of color. If you have brown marks on your face and/or arms that are not fading away with time, you could have melasma
  • Post-inflammatory- After you have a pink or red rash or acne, you can develop brown marks in the same area. This means the initial rash or bump is now gone, but your skin has healed with dark marks. Sometimes they fade gradually on their own and they can be treated with creams and lotions
  • Discoid lupus- Dark, flakey patches on the scalp or around the ears, face, and even on the body can be a sign of lupus. Sometimes this can mean you have internal lupus that needs to be treated. If you develop dark marks that heal with scarring and permanent discoloration, it is time to see your dermatologist
  • Lichen Planus- An inflammatory skin disease that can appear as itchy spots on the wrists and elsewhere on the body, leaving dark marks when it heals. It can be treated with topical steroids and other medications. Because it can be related to hepatitis infection, it is important to see your dermatologist so you can be tests
  • Tinea versicolor- Circular tan or brown spots on the body, usually the chest and/or back that tend to worsen during warmer weather months. It is caused by yeast on the skin and can be treated with oral or topical medicines

There are many, many other causes of skin discolorations and dark spots on your skin including infection, trauma, and medications. If you have developed skin discolorations, visit your local board certified dermatologist so that it can be properly diagnosed and you can begin treatment to prevent long lasting marks