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Doctor insights on: Brown Spots Under Skin

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Dr. Robert Jackson Dr. Jackson
Dermatology
39 years in practice
Meharry Medical College School of Medicine
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I have a cluster of small brown spots under my skin on my thigh. Why?

I have a cluster of small brown spots under my skin on my thigh. Why?

Can't tell: Please see your dermatologist for evaluation and to discuss treatment options. Has to be physically seen.

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Why do I get brown spots on my skin?

Why do I get brown spots on my skin?

Brown spots: One cause for brown spots on the skin are solar lentigines (AKA liver spots/ age spots). These are caused by increased melanin pigment in the skin. They can increase with age. The best way to avoid them is by avoiding sunlight and using a high SPF sunscreen.

Dr. Payam Rafat Dr. Rafat
Podiatry
18 years in practice
New York College of Podiatric Medicine
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How could I get brown spots on my skin?

How could I get brown spots on my skin?

Many possibilities: There are many types and causes of skin rashes. Several types of inflammatory conditions of the skin, allergic reactions, and sometimes bacterial, viral or fungal infections can cause rashes on the skin. Insect bites can also be the cause of a rash on the skin. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment.

Dr. Payam Rafat Dr. Rafat
Podiatry
18 years in practice
New York College of Podiatric Medicine
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What might cause reddish/brown spots on my skin?

Many possibilities: There are many things that may cause a discoloration of the skin. Several types of inflammatory conditions of the skin, allergic reactions, and sometimes bacterial, viral or fungal infections and cancer can cause a discoloration of the skin. Insect bites can also be the cause of a rash or a discoloration of the skin. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment.

Dr. Michael Tomeo Dr. Tomeo
Dermatology
34 years in practice
Temple University School of Medicine
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I'm getting brown spots on my skin. Is this from the sun?

Could be: Lentigoes or freckles are typically from the sun but also can develop with normal aging.

Dr. Ihab Ibrahim Dr. Ibrahim
Pain Management
25 years in practice
Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine
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What to do if I have brown spots all over my skin. Please help!?

What to do if I have brown spots all over my skin. Please help!?

Consider a visit: To a dermatologist, and when going out into the sun, use sun screen.

Dr. Corey Clay Dr. Clay
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
6 years in practice
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
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Is there a difference between having white versus brown spots on the skin?

Is there a difference between having white versus brown spots on the skin?

Yes: Normal skin, if you look very closely, is a myriad of tiny differently colored areas. Brown indicates presence of melanin in that area and white indicates a lack thereof.

Dr. Richard Feinstein Dr. Feinstein
Dermatology
49 years in practice
State University of New York Upstate Medical University
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Skin is lightly browning and getting small brown spots. Is that worrisome or just I'm getting older?

Old age freckles: Long term exposure to the sun can cause dark discoloration, and also dark smaller flat lesions. These are lentigines, or senile freckles and occur in many people on sun exposed skin, like face, hands and forearms. They are found mostly in older people just because they have had many more years of sun exposure. You need to block the sun, and can try retin a (tretinoin) or glycolic acid, and also a skin bleach.

Dr. Joseph Eastern Dr. Eastern
Dermatology
40 years in practice
UC San Francisco School of Medicine
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Dark gray brown spots on my exposed skin at 59?

Marks of maturity: The technical name is "lentigo" (plural: "lentigines"), and they are caused by many short exposures to sunlight over many years. Dermatologists treat them by freezing them with liquid nitrogen, or vaporizing them with various kinds of lasers.

Dr. Otto Placik Dr. Placik
Surgery - Plastics
30 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Brown spots on my skin. Can they be removed by laser?

Brown spots on my skin. Can they be removed by laser?

Possibly but melanom: Possibly but you should first be evaluated to make sure it is nota melanoma.

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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Can you give me suggestions, fading brown spots on skin?

Need eval: This can't be diagnosed with the information that is available. A history, physical examination & other studies may be needed to determine cause/causes. Once accurately assessed a treatment plan can be developed.

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Dr. Michael Fisher Dr. Fisher
Dermatology
28 years in practice
Morehouse School of Medicine
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Brown spots on the skin? What does liver have to do with them?

Brown spots on the skin? What does liver have to do with them?

Liver spots: Liver spots have nothing to do with the liver. The increased color may be due to aging, exposure to the sun or other forms of ultraviolet light, or other unknown causes. Liver spots are very common after age 40. They occur most often on areas that have had the greatest sun exposure, such as the:backs of the hands, face, forearms, forehead, shoulders.

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Can aloevera gel be used to remove skin brown spots? Need expert opinions!

Aloe Vera: Aloe vera can be used in treatment of burns (i.e. sun burn) to accelerate healing. However, am not familiar with use of aloe vera to reduce skin pigment.

Dr. Scott Tucker Dr. Tucker
Surgery - Plastics
35 years in practice
University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine
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I have these brown spots on my face that itches sometimes. It might be skin tags but I'm not sure. It started with 1 or 2 now I have about 10. Help!?

I have these brown spots on my face that itches sometimes. It might be skin tags but I'm not sure. It started with 1 or 2 now I have about 10. Help!?

Probably keratosis: This sounds as if these are seborrheic keratosis that can either be frozen or scraped off. Some docs may also use lasers for this.

Dr. George Wooming Dr. Wooming
Dermatology
30 years in practice
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
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Dr. Tanya Russo Dr. Russo
Pediatrics
21 years in practice
Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine
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My 2 year old son has brown spots on his scalp his head is also flaky do you have any ideas of what if might be?

My 2 year old son has brown spots on his scalp his head is also flaky do you have any ideas of what if might be?

Seborrhea capitus: Seborrhea capitus is a common condition in infants and young children, often characterized by dry flaking scales and plaques. This is generally managed by soaking the scalp in an oil for 5-10 minutes then gently combing with a fine toothed comb.

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Dr. Karen Butler Dr. Butler
Family Medicine
17 years in practice
Central University of the East School of Medicine (UCE)
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I have tiny brown spots on face and mainly on nose which get increase over time. Some sites on my head have very less hairs?

I have tiny brown spots on face and mainly on nose which get increase over time. Some sites on my head have very less hairs?

Well you need an exa: You should set up appt for exam. The skin lesions have to be seen and the diagnosis and treatment plan

Dr. Victor Bonuel Dr. Bonuel
Internal Medicine
34 years in practice
Far Eastern University, Dr. Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation
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Hi doc, please I need name of excellent peel cream or whiteing cream to remove back brown spots and make skin clearly. Thanks?

Hi doc, please I need name of excellent peel cream or whiteing cream to remove back brown spots and make skin clearly. Thanks?

Ask your DR for a: Prescription of a depigmenting cream or check out some asian store for sebo de macho. Find out from your dr the cause of this. Take care!