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Are sunburned little white spots on shoulders normal?

Are sunburned little white spots on shoulders normal?

No: This probably is tinea versicolor which is a infection caused by a yeast-like organism which lives on the skin. Sun exposure can active an infectiion which causes bleaching of the skin. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sunburn (Definition)

An intense inflammatory response to excessive sun exposure that represents the body's reaction to the tissue damage resulting ...Read more


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Got a bad sunburn months ago, it started to peel & I peeled it before it was ready. Now I have tiny, white spots covering my chest that won't go away.

Got a bad sunburn months ago, it started to peel & I peeled it before it was ready. Now I have tiny, white spots covering my chest that won't go away.

Sun damage: Those "white spots" are likely areas of low pigmentation brought about by damage to the melanocytes (cells that make pigment) from the sunburn. It may take a year for them to kick back in and for your skin to look normal color again. In the meantime, make sure you use sunscreen daily and pamper your skin in next few months with moisturizers and avoidance of irritants. ...Read more

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I had a sunburn and I started peeling it kind of stopped but some of my skin is tan and with white spots will it stay 4 ever?

I had a sunburn and I started peeling it kind of stopped but some of my skin is tan and with white spots will it stay 4 ever?

Not likely: Sunburns with peeling often will leave the skin with pigment alterations. Unless the sunburn was very severe, it is unlikely that the pigment discrepancy will be permanent. However, to give your skin the best chance to return to normal, please wear spf 30+ sunscreen to the areas. Any sunlight exposure on skin with pigment alterations will make it more likely to be long lasting or permanent. ...Read more

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Got a fairly severe sunburn, it started to peel & I peeled some skin prematurely. Now I have tiny, white spots covering my chest. Are these permanent?

Got a fairly severe sunburn, it started to peel & I peeled some skin prematurely. Now I have tiny, white spots covering my chest. Are these permanent?

No if care immediat: Sunburns are different types and not all people equal. The darker the skin type 6 are less prone and type one with least melanin pigment get the worst. Peeling is a natural hpmeostasis mechanics trying to get rid of dead epithelial cells and build new. I recommend keep area covered with sterile gauze and use topical antibiotics and silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) cream. You may need systemic antibiotics. See MD. Now ...Read more

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I have a sunburn on my shoulders that has white spots on it. They're raised a little bit and rough, but they arent blisters. What could they be?

I have a sunburn on my shoulders that has white spots on it. They're raised a little bit and rough, but they arent blisters. What could they be?

Sunburn..: hello ~ these are little blebs on the skin containing serum as a result of the UV damage to the skin. Dont pop them they will disappear as the inflammation of the sunburn dissipates. thanks ...Read more

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After a month of sunburn i noticed that i have white spots on my arms and body.Some are large and without shape it does not itch.What can i do?

After a month of sunburn   i noticed that i have white spots on my arms and body.Some are large and without shape it does not itch.What   can i do?

Skin changes: It sounds like you need to visit a dermatologist. There is a possibility that you may have Tinea versicolor, which is a non-contagious fungus which causes light or dark circles which may coalesce into larger areas. It is important to wear sunscreen and avoid sunburn. Sun damage can lead to serious skin conditions including skin cancer. Remember to protect yourself from the sun. ...Read more

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Hi. I've notice several white spots on my skin after sunbathing.I use sunscreen + had not had sunburn.Size varies they're symmetrical. No Itching?

See Your Doctor: Sun exposure causes production of the pigment Melanin which both darkens the skin (tanning) and absorbs harmful UV radiation. Certain medical conditions can impair the skin's ability to tan. Additionally minor skin trauma, rashes, infections, & more may cause temporary lack of tanning in affected areas with recovery over time. See your doctor for proper evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment. ...Read more

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Got a sunburn that left white spots & was told melanocytes were damaged.How can I speed up the recovery & have my skin tone looking normal/even FAST?

Got a sunburn that left white spots & was told melanocytes were damaged.How can I speed up the recovery & have my skin tone looking normal/even FAST?

Cant: You can not speed up the process the melanocytes ar e either in shock in which case the pigment issues will resolve in time or they dies in which the white spots are permanent.
Avoid repeat sun insult to the area ...Read more

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I have a sunburn and I am using aloe Vera and I'm peeling and seeing white spots. Should i be worried? Is there anything i can use to make not visible

Dead skin cells: Unfortunately, a skin burn is 'bad news' for the skin- it's damaged and now sloughing off... so you will see the dead skin particles coming off. There's not much you can do about that... aloe might 'mask' some of the dry flakiness by adding moisture. The real issue is prevention of sunburn in the first place. It can damage skin longer term and cause cancer with repeated sunburns. See derma if Q's. ...Read more

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Hi - I traveled recently, and after the sunburn my arms have got white spots and sometimes itching happens badly. Pls suggest some home remedy.

Hi - I traveled recently, and after the sunburn my arms have got white spots and sometimes itching happens badly. Pls suggest some home remedy.

Cortisone Cream: YOu can also apply AloeVera.
In future do remember to wear Sun Screen and Avoid 11 to 2 Sun light for prolonged period of time. ...Read more

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I have been previously sun burnt a few times on my back. Lately I have found small white spots on my shoulders. Any ideas what it could be? Dangerous?

I have been previously sun burnt a few times on my back. Lately I have found small white spots on my shoulders. Any ideas what it could be? Dangerous?

A few possibilities: This is likely to be a benign, treatable condition- both tinea versicolor (a mild fungal infection) and vitiligo come to mind. A totally flat, hypopigmented lesion is relatively unlikely to represent skin cancer. See your pcp or dermatologist to confirm diagnosis and discuss treatment. ...Read more

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After getting a sun burn on my shoulders I have white spots what could it be?

Loss of pigment: Repeated sun burns tend to result in areas of irregular pigmentation and areas of pigment loss. ...Read more

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I have light brown spots on my back after a bad sunburn, should I be concerned?

Ask your doctor: I would see a dermatologist who can determine if that is a normal after effect or actual cancerous indication. He/she would best be able to say based on your health and medical history, skin care etc. Stay out of the sun and wear sun screen as even a little exposure can be hurtful. ...Read more

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I've had a sunburn through the summer & it's all patchy because of the sand and missing certain spots with sunscreen. Is this dangerous?

I've had a sunburn through the summer & it's all patchy because of the sand and missing certain spots with sunscreen. Is this dangerous?

Normal Process: As injured skin heals, the body creates inflammation which means fresh blood goes to the area and with it, many kinds of healing factors and cells. One type is called melanocytes which carry our skin pigment melanin. A healing occurs, these cells may or may not return to the area and give it the brownish or lack of coloration you see. There might be some changes as the injury matures. ...Read more

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How can I make sunburn spots go away naturally?

Normal Healing: As injured skin heals, the body creates inflammation to do so which means fresh blood goes to the area and with it, many kinds of healing factors and cells. One type is called melanocytes which carry our skin pigment melanin. A healing occurs, these cells get deposited in the area and give it the brownish coloration you see. Over time, there will be some fading as the injury matures. ...Read more

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Should i be concerned that my husband has green spots on a sunburn?

Should i be concerned that my husband has green spots on a sunburn?

Depends: I dint know the severity of these burns. If it was a simple first degree sunburn red, tender, warm peeling then I doubt you should worry. If the burn was more severs blistering then it is more possible to develop a secondary infection. Watch out for worsening pain fever chills and thicker fluid coming from the areas. If so see a physician immediately ...Read more

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Hello. Years ago I was sunburned on my chest. I took care of it and it got better. Now, years later, I noticed that I have a couple of brown spots.

Hello. Years ago I was sunburned on my chest. I took care of it and it got better. Now, years later, I noticed that I have a couple of brown spots.

Have evaluated: New spots like this shoudl be evaluated by a medical provider in-person. Any severe sunburn can certainly initiate cellular damage that can progress to skin cancer, but most skin cancers are very treatable when they are caught early. ...Read more

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I have sunburn on my legs but there are spots that didn't burn why is that?

Missing sunburn : One obvious explanation for the missing sunburn on other sots may that they were covered by some clothing or sunblock. If you have been on beach/ in water, depending upon the angle of UV rays falling on your body, certain part of body can be more affected than others.
It is always a good idea to remember using sunblock creams (with SPF>30 and water resistant if need) before exposure to UVsunlight. ...Read more

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What can I put on spots that are sunburned on eyelids. They are dry and red.

What can I put on spots that are sunburned on eyelids. They are dry and red.

Something gentle: A 42 year old female with subnurned skin on eyelids. Eyelid skin is very thin and easily irritated. Be sure to only put something gentle on the sunburn there - Vaseline, Aquaphor, or pure Aloe. Do not put anything with harsh scents or dyes. ...Read more

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I have a concern about red blotchy almost freckel like spots that have been on my shins for a long time? Got a real bad sunburn there when I was young

I have a concern about red blotchy almost freckel like spots that have been on my shins for a long time? Got a real bad sunburn there when I was young

Derm eval yet?: These lesions need to be visualized & a history needs to be obtained in order to make an accurate diagnosis. Sometimes lab testing or biopsy is necessary. ...Read more

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Noxzema mask for sunburn/red spots/acne, is this effective?

Sunburn - haven't: heard of using Noxzema for this. Tylenol (acetaminophen) or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications can help sunburn pain. Cool compresses & aloe vera can be applied directly from the plant to the affected area. ...Read more

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The tip of my ears got sunburned it has pealed but there is small brown spots could this be cancer or just a freckling ?

The tip of my ears got sunburned it has pealed but there is small brown spots could this be cancer or just a freckling ?

Sunscreen: If the sunburn just recently occurred and this is the first major sun damage to the area it is highly unlikely for any cancerous lesion to be present as the type that is most common (basal cell carcinoma) is the result of repetitive significant sun damage. Monitor the area and be sure to use sunscreen daily of at least SPF 30 and look for one that blocks both UVA and UVB rays. ...Read more

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I got sunburn today, despite repeated sunscreen applications. But also developed blotchy red spots on my sides. Should i be concerned?

Drug eruption.: This sounds more like a reaction to one of the 3 drugs you are taking, any one of which can cause a rash that can mimic a sunburn. Try otc Hydrocortisone cream; if it persists or worsens, ask your doctor about stopping or substituting your medications. ...Read more

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My sisters skin gets sore as tho sunburned on parts of face and her back. Dr says not shindles or would have broke out. Theres no spots or redness?

My sisters skin gets sore as tho sunburned on parts of face and her back. Dr says not shindles  or would have broke out. Theres no spots or redness?

Dermatologist: It could be an allergy to a food or detergent or a bit more complex. A dermatologist can give the best answer. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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When will red spots on stomach from sunburn go away?

When will red spots on stomach from sunburn go away?

Changes in the cells: As injured skin heals, the body creates inflammation which means fresh blood goes to the area and with it, many kinds of healing factors and cells. One type is called melanocytes which carry our skin pigment melanin. A healing occurs, these cells may or may not return to the area and give it the brownish or lack of coloration you see. There might be some changes as the injury matures. ...Read more

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How do I cover up or get rid of these skin spots from my skin peeling after a sunburn?

Sunscreen: Daily application of a broad spectrum sunscreen will help prevent this predicament. Once a sunburn has occurred, it is important to use an oil free moisturizer to encourage recovery of the epidermal and dermal damage. Use of an oil free cosmetic may be used to camouflage any spots until the skin heals. ...Read more