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Dark brown marks on legs, faded marks. What can help?

Hi, I'm African descent and I have had dark brown marks on my legs from childhood all through my teens, and now I'm a young adult-Over the years some of the marks have faded, however most are still visible, now more than ever because years of wearing long clothing has made my leg area fairer.
I am dating and will love the freedom to wear a dress but I can't
Will I ever be able to wear a dress?
Can I dermatologist help clear my legs up permanently? How?
Asked On : Thu, 18 Apr 2013
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Welcome to Healthcare Magic Forum

You have many post inflammatory and post trauma scars over your legs .
Now these are very old lesions as they are present since your childhood days
Topical medications can definitely be of help to you in reducing the pigmentation to some extent, although only after proper treatment, we can know the results

Since these are dark scars, i would advice that you should use a lightening agent like kojic acid and vitamin c combination over the scars,,this is a simple, harmless lightening agent which can be used for as long the blackish pigmentation is there..
Also ,try not to touch the area too much
Use proper sunscreen (spf>26) before going out in the sun so that the lesion doesn't darken any further
Take a diet rich in vitamin C and antioxidants like Citrus fruits and lots of salads
If after all the above measures, the scars tend to persist, then i would advise that you should see a dermatologist as there are various other measures for the treatment of pigmented scars like the use of chemical peels, dermabrasion etc which a dermatologist can decide according to the type of scars..

Hope it helps
Wishing you speedy recovery
Dr Geetika Paul
Answered: Thu, 18 Apr 2013
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