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What Is It When You Have White Ashy Spot On Face
Blemish: A blemish typically results from an inflammatory lesion such as an acne breakout and once it heals, it leaves a discolored or dark spot known as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. If, however this is a new pigmented isolated lesion without previous inflammation, then it should be evaluated by a Dermatologist. ...Read more
Make sure not cancer: See physician first to make sure it is not a skin cancer. Sometimes the worst appearing lesion may not be a cancer. Dark spots depending on appearance can be very embarassing. Most physicians can remove these depending on the size. Your insurance may consider it cosmetic surgery. If it is a problem to you, then go for getting it removed. ...Read more
Dermatologists help.: Without any more details other than a 'dark spot', the best advice would be to visit a dermatologist (skin doctor). They specialize in all manner of skin problems and can offer you suggestions and treatment for your spot. If the edges are abnormal, if the borders are irregular, if the color is uneven or if the diameter is >6mm, it could be melanoma. In this case, see a doctor now. Melanoma kills. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends: If it is simply sun-damage, some topical treatments, a chemical peel, or a laser treatments may be a good option. However, if the lesion is concerning for melanoma, it needs to be biopsied. Melanomas are screened by the abcd's: a-asymmetry; b-irregular borders; c-different colors; d-diameber >6mm (size of pencil eraser). If you notice a mole with these characteristics, get it checked out asap. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Bleaching/laser/peel: Unfortunately it is not that easy getting rid of dark spots/freckles, a genetic trait that is intensified by sun exposure. Otc bleaching cream such lustra (hydroquinone) may help. Chemical peels/laser treatments are more effective but often costly. You must minimize sun exposure otherwise it will re-darken. Of course, covering make-up provides instant improvement! consult doc if you want it permanent. Good luck. ...Read more
Doubts!: I do not think this will change if it has been this long. See a derm and see what the doc recommends. There are lighteners that may help but no necessarily recommended. ...Read more
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