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Have dry skin, whiteness, patches. Is it due to tattoos or sun?

hi i live in spain and love the sun but all ways use protection september last year i started to get dry skin on the outside of my arms from my elbo to my wrist on both arms i went to my doctor as the tan on my arms just started to go white now i have white paches across the top of chest and some on my legs she told me it was a the first time that it was a reaction to my tattos but i told her they are over 50 years old i have been to see the doctor several times but each time she gives me cream for dry skin can you help it is getting werse
Asked On : Mon, 25 Mar 2013
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Thanks for writing in.
The condition can be tinea corporis, xerotic eczema ,contact dermatitis, Polymorphic light eruption etc.You should also maintain photoprotection by using sunscreen regularly.
You need to apply liberal moisturizer daily over the area.A mild steroid like hydrocortisone for few days can be helpful.
A skin biopsy may be required for diagnosis.
Please visit a qualified dermatologist for proper diagnosis and treatment.
Hope this helps.
Answered: Sat, 29 Jun 2013
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