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Common Acquired Facial Pigmentation

Freckles

Freckles are small flat brown marks arising on the face and other sun exposed areas. They are most
often seen in fair skinned people, but they are an inherited characteristic that sometimes affects darker
skin types as well. As the person ages this type of freckle generally become more noticeable. It can be
lightened by avoiding sun exposure and with the regular use of sunblocks and whitening creams. They
can be safely removed by intense pulsed light therapy (IPL) or pigment laser therapy.


Lentigines


Larger flat brown spots on the face and hands arising in middle age also result from sun damage
exposure. Commonly known as age spots or liver spots, the correct term for a single lesion is solar
lentigo (plural lentigines). Lentigines are due to localised proliferation of melanocytes. It is important to distinguish the harmless solar lentigo which does not turn cancerous from an early malignant
melanoma (skin cancer). Similarly, they can be lightened by avoiding sun exposure and with the regular
use of sunblocks and whitening creams. They can also be safely removed by intense pulsed light
therapy (IPL) or pigment laser therapy.


Seborrhoeic keratoses


Seborrhoeic keratoses are superficial skin overgrowth which are brown and slightly raised. They are
due to aging and sun exposure. They can be seen on the face as well as the sun exposed areas as
the limbs. They do not transform to skin cancer. Treatment includes liquid nitrogen and electrocautery.


Skin Tags


Skin tags are skin-coloured or brown growths which commonly occur on the neck, underarms and
face. They are harmless and do not transform into skin cancer. They can be easily removed by
snip-excision and electrocautery.


Moles


Moles are due to abnormal collections of pigment cell (melanocytes) in the skin. They occur in childhood, adolescents and early adulthood. Most moles are dark and pigmented. Moles are small, flat and pigmented when they appear but with aging, they become raised, dome-shaped and often appear lighter. Moles that develop irregular borders, bleeding or sudden increase in size are a cause for concern and a dermatologist should be consulted early. Small flat moles can be treated with laser whilst bigger ones should be exised.

 

 

Common Adult Conditions

Acne Vulgaris
Eczema/ Dermatitis
Psoriasis
Skin Cancers
Adult Hair Loss
Common Acquired Facial Pigmentation
Viral Warts

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Commom Adult Conditions

Acne Vulgaris
Eczema/ Dermatitis
Psoriasis
Skin Cancers
Adult Hair Loss
Common Acquired Facial Pigmentation
Viral Warts


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