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Time and spf: Take good care of your skin, protect it from the sun, and use the medication prescribed and usually within a couple of months the skin should return to normal coloration. If not seek the advice of a board certified dermatologist in your area. ...Read more
See a dermatologist: While this problem is usually a nuisance, sometimes it can be very noticeable and distressing. There are some treatments that can help control this problem. I would check with a dermatologist. ...Read more
What's the best way for me to prevent pityriasis alba to take control of my face like it did last summer?
Pityriasis alba: Pityriasis alba is a type of eczema that presents as lighter-than-skin-color patches on face & arms. It is more apparent in the summer because it doesn't tan when normal skin does. In the short term, the best thing to do is to apply a good broad-spectrum sunscreen so that your normal skin doesn't tan either. Also there are topical nonsteroid treatments. Steroids can lighten p. Alba even more. ...Read more
Pityriasis alba is…: … a self-limiting skin condition seen in children & teens & requires only time & skin moisturizers to resolve. If itching occurs, otc Hydrocortisone cream can provide relief (use only a tiny dab to treat an area; too much steroid on skin can cause problems). If getting worse, see dermatologist for exam; may not be pityriasis. ...Read more
Different conditions: These conditions can present with lightening or "hypopigmentation" of the skin but they have different causes. Pityriasis alba is form of eczema and vitiligo is an autoimmune process by which your body attacks the pigment producing cells called melanocytes which leads to loss of pigment. Not sure what tsc is, but lsc stands for lichen simplex chronicus:changes caused by rubbing/scratching skin. ...Read more