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White small spots. Smooth, shiny, waxy. Diagnosed age spots. Whats this?

hi sir i m from india 28 age, but right now i m working in pharma company malaysia since from one year...i have small white spot in right lower leg one is round in shape and looking smoothing no itching and others 2 small spots are in left leg but that very small looking like shining. and one is on face that also waxy appearance so i met one skin doctor he said that is white age spots and not required treatment, so m very worried n i searched in internet like that same images like name ideopathic guttate hypomelanoses, but pl tell me exactly what is this desiese and what medicenes i have to take. i don know is it for humid hot climate or for genetically pl help me
Asked On : Wed, 10 Apr 2013
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Welcome to HCM
From your description also , it seems like case of idiopathic guttate hypomelanosis..
Idiopathic guttate hypomelanosis (IGH) is an acquired, benign leukoderma of unknown etiology. Idiopathic guttate hypomelanosis is most commonly a complaint of middle-aged, light-skinned women, but it is increasingly seen in both sexes and older dark-skinned people with a history of long-term sun exposure.Typically, idiopathic guttate hypomelanosis develops first on the legs of fair-skinned women in early adult life. Later, it may spread to other sun-exposed areas, such as the arms and the upper part of the back. The face is inexplicably not involved early in idiopathic guttate hypomelanosis

Idiopathic guttate hypomelanosis is a benign condition
In most cases, treatment is not required as the marks are completely harmless. Attempts to destroy the lesions may leave brown marks or larger white marks, which may look worse than the original condition. Sun protection is very important.

The following measures may improve the appearance.

Light cryotherapy
Localised superficial dermabrasion or microdermabrasion
Pinch grafts of normally pigmented skin
Tretinoin cream
Topical steroids
Cosmetic cover-up

Hope it helps

Dr Geetika Paul
Answered: Thu, 11 Apr 2013
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