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Itchy, scaly, dark patches of skin on both lower legs since a kid. Problem is now it's increasing..Wht shld I do? Is the dark skin permanent?

Itchy, scaly, dark patches of skin on both lower legs since a kid. Problem is now it's increasing..Wht shld I do?  Is the dark skin permanent?

Sounds like Eczema: Could be eczema which can get worse over time. Avoid long hot showers and harsh and drying cleansers. Apply fragrance-free moisturizer like Vanicream. Use at least twice a day. For eczema flares, apply prescription strength corticosteroid ointments to problem areas twice a day until clear. Dark skin can improve over time with proper treatment. ...Read more

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I have patches of skin that are scaly on my face how do i treat them, i also have some dark and light patches on my face do you recommend any products?

I have patches of skin that are scaly on my face how do i treat them, i also have some dark and light patches on my face do you recommend any products?

Depends....: Hi there FShelton. I'm sorry to hear about your skin changes. If the patches of skin are scaly, I would assume they are dry and you may potentially have eczema and would start with a moisturizer and use frequently. The light and dark patches could be various things but medications such as hydroquinone/azelaic acid are used often to lighten skin. This situation would best be evaluated in office. ...Read more

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I have a discolored dark, itchy, scaly patch of skin on my back. What could it be and how can I remedy it?

I have a discolored dark, itchy, scaly patch of skin on my back.  What could it be and how can I remedy it?

Need diagnosis: I recommend you see an MD to get a diagnosis to better be able to say how to remedy it! Could be ecsema allergic reaction, infection or other etiology. Therefore, hard to say how to treat. ...Read more

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Should I try to remove the scaly patches of skin myself?

Should I try to remove the scaly patches of skin myself?

No: They will grow back. You need to treat the inflammation underneath initially with external medications such as tazorac, (tazarotene) taclonex, luxiq, dovonex to control problem. Picking can make it worse and will cause bleeding. ...Read more

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How can I address red, scaly skin patches?

How can I address red, scaly skin patches?

Too general.: There are so many causes of red, scaly patches that we cannot possibly give you an intelligent answer without more information. If this is a new development, you should see a dermatologist and get a definitive diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Irregularly shaped dry scaly dime sized patch appeared on back. Dark brown w/few light parts. Not itchy. Wont go away. Should I be concerned? Thanks.

Irregularly shaped dry scaly dime sized patch appeared on back. Dark brown w/few light parts. Not itchy. Wont go away. Should I be concerned? Thanks.

Have it checked: Any new rash that is worrying you should be seen by an MD. Since it's hard to look at your back each day it's best to have a professional help determine if it's anything to be concerned about - especially if you have a history of lots of sun exposure to your back over the years. Good luck! ...Read more

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Red itchy(scaly, dray skin) patches on my chest appearing, what is this?

Possibly eczema: There are many skin trashes that can match your description and it would be wise to see a doctor and get a diagnosis and treatment. Psoriasis or allergic dermatitis may also mimic what you have described. ...Read more