is a very common skin problem that can be caused by many different conditions. These БspotsБ can be small or large patches and can show up anywhere on the body. Like any skin condition, the results can be very distressing, causing sufferers to become self-conscious about the way their skin looks. What causes white spots on the skin, and what can you do about them? , MD, weighs in on some of the most common causes of skin white spots and how to most effectively treat them. What Causes White Spots? There are many factors that can cause white or light spots to form on the skin. The most common condition is called
pityriasis alba and can be associated with, inflammation or dry skin. When the skin becomes irritated, it can stop making pigment normally and leave behind an area that looks lighter than your normal skin color. In some, this may be very subtle, while in others it is very noticeable. The extent of the discoloration depends on the degree of inflammation and the amount of natural pigment in your skin. Other conditions that can cause white or light spots are vitiligo and tinea versicolor. are destroyed. White patches can spread slowly over time, or rapidly in some cases. The most common locations affected by vitiligo are those areas of the skin most exposed to the sun, including the hands, feet, arms, face lips. Vitiligo can also affect mucous membranes the mouth, nose eyes. The exact cause of vitiligo is unknown, though some people with certain autoimmune diseases tend to suffer from vitiligo at a higher rate than others.
Sometimes, the condition can also run in families. Tinea versicolor, also called, is another common skin condition that can affect the color of your skin. This condition is caused by yeast that normally exists on the skin in small numbers. When this yeast overgrows, white and reddish-brown spots can develop. Overgrowth of yeast most commonly occurs on skin that is moist or oily. Living in humid and warm climates, excessive sweating, oily skin or even some medications can encourage the growth of yeast on the skin. Treatments for Pityriasis Alba Pityriasis alba is an easy condition to treat with emollients and creams. When treating white or light spots on the face, look for products that will repair the skin barrier. The skin normally acts as a barrier and provides protection from the outside world. When looking for products that will help restore skin to its natural function, start with products containing ceramide. Some of our favorite products include Cetaphil Restoraderm moisturizer and Epionce Extreme Barrier Cream for the body. For the face, La Roche Posay Toleriane Double Repair Moisturizer, and Elta MD Barrier Renewal Complex are good choices. is also important in helping the skin tone to even out. The light areas are more susceptible to burning, and the normal but darker-appearing areas will continue to tan naturally in the sun. To help even out your complexion faster select a sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher and apply in the morning every day and when you plan on being outside. also help repair the barrier function of the skin, including Elta MD UV Physical and UV Elements and La Roche Posay Double repair Moisturizer UV. Treating Vitiligo and Tinea Versicolor More serious causes of skin discoloration, such as vitiligo and tinea versicolor, need to be evaluated and treated by a board certified dermatologist Vitiligo can be treated with topical steroid creams, photochemotherapy oral medications.
Skin grafting or are two surgical options for treating vitiligo. can also help decrease the contrast between healthy and affected skin, and some cosmetic products can also help to camouflage depigmentation and even out skin tone. Tinea versicolor can typically be treated with over-the-counter antifungal medications to combat the underlying infection. If symptoms persist with the use of over-the-counter treatments for more than two weeks, consult a dermatologist. To help protect your skin from developing light or white spots, make sure to moisturize daily, keep skin hydrated and use products that are not irritating to your skin. If you have a persistent light or white spot and nothing seems to help, please seek the advice of a dermatologist, as it could be a more serious problem that requires prescription medications. To learn more about the causes of white spots on the skin and available treatment options, at U. S. Dermatology Partners today. In medical terms white patches mean vitiligo. These white patches give an unpleasant look and even make the patients lose their self-confidence making them to feel embraced, especially browns feel more uncomfortable compared people with pale white colored skin.
These appear on any part of the body. Specialty of these white patches is that they are symmetrical. For example, if one side of the body is having white patches then the same area on the other side of the body will also develop white patches. Causes The cause of white patches is due to lack of the functioning melanin producing cells. The cells do not produce melanin, and hence turn the skin in that area to white color. Even the hair in this area becomes white. Affected areas are highly susceptible to sunburns due to the absence of melanin pigment. It is also considered as an auto-immune disorder in which the body develops antibodies against self components and fight against them. In this case antibodies are produced against the melanin producing cells resulting in their destruction, and hence the affected area will be seen as a white patch. Other causes of white patches include deficiency of vitamin B12 which in turn leads to anemia, hyper activity of the thyroid glands, stress either physical or emotional, hereditary reasons and increased exposure to sunrays. Treatments Regular intake of vitamin B helps to eliminate the problems like indigestion, and also reduces the white patches. Therefore, it is recommended to consume foods rich in vitamin B such as whole grains, wheat germ and yeast. Reduction of stress over the body automatically helps to gain control over the white patches.
The omega-3 group of fatty acids helps to reduce the stress and thereby reduces the white patches. One reason for the development of white patches is poor digestion. Regular consumption of HCL, the natural stomach acid helps in the digestion process, and hence reduces the risk of white patches. Intake vitamin B for certain amount of period helps to normalize the extent of stomach acid secretion. However, if you are having a hereditary problem with your acid secretion, consider eating vitamin C rich foods. Figs and walnuts have the property to heal white patches. Hence, consume them regularly to get rid of the problem of white patches. A homemade remedy for white patches is application of paste made of turmeric and neem leaves. The antiseptic property of this mixture helps to eliminate white patches if they are caused due to worm infestation. Other natural remedies for white patches include consumption of ginger which increases blood circulation, buttermilk and a mixed juice of cucumber and alfalfa. Reduce the extent of exposure to sun. Use of Psoralen pills along with UVA light helps to get rid of white patches very easily. However, these pills have side effects and should be used with caution by knowing all the information. Like organ transplantations, white patches can be eliminated by means of pigment transplantation. From the above discussion, it can be seen that white patches can be eliminated by taking appropriate measures immediately after they have been identified.