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Light patches on upper cheeks. Suggest some medicines/ointments to reduce them? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 11-Oct-2013
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Very Good Posted in: Skin Hair and Nails
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Practicing since : 2002
Answered : 106 Questions
Doctor:How can I help you?
User:I am an employee of Deloitte and i need your suggestion/advise on my skin
Doctor:Proceed with your concerns
User:I am noticing light patches on upper cheeks just below the eyes
User:that's the only area i see patches and rest all face is fine
User:can you suggest me some medicines/ointments or reduce them?
User:to reduce them*
Doctor:How big is the patch?
Doctor:Since when have you noticed it?
User:not big actually, they are small on both the side of the face but visible if you look them closely
Doctor:Are you there?
User:yes they are since one month
Doctor:Does it itch / burn or cause redness?
User:no nothing
Doctor:Can you approximately specify the size - is it more than 2 cms?
Doctor:Is it growing?
Doctor:Are you there?
User:yes they are more than 2cms but not growing.......actually i wear sun glasses a lot........So my eye area is perfectly alright but the patches are where the sun glasses ends
User:rest all cheeks area is perfectly alright
Doctor:There are a few conditions that are possible.
User:what are those?
Doctor:1. As your rightly pointed, your glasses has layered this area from sun tanning and darkening.
Doctor:The area is relative lighter.
Doctor:It is not a concerning. And the treatment is to use good sunscreen and moisturizer to prevent other areas from getting pigmented.
Doctor:If not, stop using glasses and sun exposure uniformly will remove the light patches.
User:well i tried few creams but unfortunately not working for me.....actually my skin is oily
Doctor:2. Second possibility is that of vitiligo.
Doctor:Here there is loss of pigment forming cells.
User:would you please suggest me any creams for oily skins to reduce them quickly?
Doctor:It improves with time, those that doesn't improve can be treated with steroid creams, phototherapy measures.
Doctor:3. The last possibility which is relatively rare is Pityriasis XXXXXXX
Doctor:it occurs due to unknown reasons, but does disappear with time.
Doctor:I suggest you to use good moisturizer like cetaphil oil control moisturizer.
Doctor:In addition use good sunscreen with SPF above 25
User:this was very helpful
User:one more question
User:I am actually concerned that i didnt fall ill from past 2.5 years
Doctor:What concern do you have?
User:that i didnt fall ill and i am scared anything happen big later
User:if anything*
Doctor:I did not understand that, what you mean by anything happen bit later?
User:I mean "I just wanted to know everything is alright inside my body" and if you could suggest me some tests to check the same
Doctor:We recommend test when some one is ill.
User:i just wanted to ensure that everything is all right inside:0
Doctor:And not when you don't fall ill.
User:i understand but just to do a general checkup
Doctor:I am sure if you keep such thoughts and fears inside you will fall sick very soon...
Doctor:Other than that no test is required.
User:ok great.....i will go with your thoughts
Doctor:Do you have any other question?
User:anyways it was wonderful chatting with you and all your suggestions and advise was very helpful for me. I am thankful to my employer who made our life easy
User:thank you so much XXXXXXX you have a great day ahead
Doctor:I think we deserve to be named as Dr.
Doctor:You have a nice day ahead too.
Doctor:Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor:Bye for now.
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