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Suffering from brown patches on forehead and body getting darker. Blood test shows low vitamin. Is pigmentation due to low vitamin?

Sir, I have the following skin problems, a. brown patches on forehead b. skin turned brown and thicker than than the rest on finger joints c. face atleast 5 shades darker than body I spent a lot on cosmetic stuffs like Kaya skin clinic etc with no appreciable improvement. My job requires frequent abroad travel and can t religiously follow the so called skin care regime (cleansing , sun cream etc) I had a history of gastric problems and recently consulted a renowned doctor. According to the blood report I have low Vitamine B12 (around 248) .. which is apparently the root cause of of stomach problems as well as hyper pigmentation. However, for the skin related issue I d rather get the final verdict from a Dermatologist and hence the questions - a. Does my skin condition have anything to do with Vitamine B12 deficiency ? b. How do I go about solving for the pigmentation problem (by now I m convinced that this is not about the skin surface .. have done many facials / hydroquinone creams / glycolic pills) If you could please set a direction through a response to the above
Asked On : Wed, 6 Mar 2013
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thank you for your query
yes,there is relation between vitamin b 12 and skin problem .
low b12 cause hyper-pigmentation and skin thickening ,but there are also other reason for this like heredity ,smoking ,sun exposure ,acanthosis nigrecans etc .
you can get b12 injection for 5 times to restore it .
sunscreen and good moisturizer are corner stone for treatment
serum insulin level will also advise to rule out it resistance .
so best thing is consult dermatologist and make treatment plan and follow it
i hope i answered your question
Answered: Thu, 7 Mar 2013
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