Ask the Diva

Ask the Diva

Updated: Sep 18, 2020

October 2019:
Ask Savvy Derm Diva

Dear Savvy Derm Diva,

Now that summer is over, and my tan is fading; I am noticing a lot of discolored patches on my face that are not going away. What is it, and what can I do to get rid of it? –Anna B, Concerned in Chicago.

Dear Concerned in Chicago,

It sounds like you may have a condition known as melasma, which is caused by cells known as melanocytes. These cells make pigment in your skin and are usually stimulated by sun exposure, but hormones can also play a role. Your best bet is to make sure a Board-Certified Dermatologist evaluates your skin to make sure there are no concerns. There are several RX treatments available, and good results are paired with in-office procedures. All vary in cost, so make sure you choose something you can afford as full treatment will give you the best results. In the meantime, make sure you pick up SPF 30 + with Iron Oxide as the Blue Light from our personal devices may be contributing as well.

Diva faves: Epionce Daily Shield Lotion Tinted SPF 50, Avene Tinted SPF 50. ????

Dear Savvy Derm Diva,

I am noticing a white patch under my chin along with a splotchy discoloration surrounding it. Should I be concerned? –Diana N, Looking Splotchy.

Dear Looking Splotchy,

What you have described is something called “Poikiloderma of Civatte,” which is a condition caused by chronic sun exposure (aka photodamage). You can appreciate that white, “normal skin” under your chin secondary to the shade it is providing to the area. Always make sure you wear an SPF 30 or higher all year round. Though it can be tough to treat, please make sure you have the area evaluated and monitored for any concerning growths because of the chronic sun damage.

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