What is the cure for dark patches on face while using skin lite for hyper pigmentation problem?
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Hello Dr. XXXXXXX I'm XXXXXXX from Hyderabad. I was suffering from hyper pigmentation in face and hence consulted a doctor. She asked me to undergo Glycolic peel(65% concentration) and after 3 days of procedure i was asked to apply SkinLite at night daily. The is been done once in 3 weeks. I've not taken up peel since 1 month nor used skin Lite. I've now developed some big dark patches on both side of face near to eye. When i surfed on net for Skin lite, i found that it can develop a condition called Ochronosis for people with darker skin tone (I've darker Skin tone) and it can be permanent!!! Can you please help me in this? If it is Ochronosis can you please suggest me a permanent cure for it? Sorry. I've been undergoing this treatment with usage of skin Lite cream from past 6 months now.
Posted Sun, 5 Jan 2014 in Skin Hair and Nails
Answered by Dr. Kalpana Pathak 24 minutes later
Brief Answer: Details below Detailed Answer: Hi XXXXXXX Thanks for writing to us. The treatment offered by your doctor is apt. Ochronosis may occur with hydroquinone when it is used for prolonged time ie years. It is not seen commonly when used for five or six months. So probably your melasma has recurred or worsened. Firstly it has to be seen if you are superficial melasma or deep melasma. Superficial melasma responds well to topical treatment while deep variants respond partially or may not respond at all. Personally in my clinical practice,I treat melasma with oral antioxidants and oral vitamin c supplements along with a potent pigment reducing cream like hydroquinone 4% in combination with tretinoin and mild steroid and a good sunscreen with SPF above 30. If no response is seen in a month then I add peeling sessions of glycolic acid or trichloroacetic acid. To help you out ,I would request that you please upload an image of your face depicting the involved areas so that i can provide you with an appropriate treatment plan. Hoping to hear from you soon. Take care