Have you started to notice areas of irritation in certain areas of your skin? Do you worry your time in the sun may be impacting the health and appearance of your skin? Poikiloderma is a skin discoloration condition often associated with sun exposure. Learn more about this condition and how it may be treated during a consultation with us at The Aesthetic Clinique in Santa Rosa Beach, FL!
What Is Pikiloderma?
Poikiloderma of Civatte is a condition that leads to skin discoloration and may ultimately impact the integrity of skin. However, it is not technically viewed as a disease, but rather a collection of symptoms. It may affect skin as:
- Brown discoloration
- Burning sensation
- Itching sensation
- Redness or red discoloration
- Telangiectasia (small blood vessels that are visible and appear to be broken)
- Thinning skin
Poikiloderma most often affects the cheeks, chest, and neck. It may only affect sides or symmetrical portions of the skin.
What Causes This Type of Skin Discoloration?
Poikiloderma of Civatte is often referred to as sun aging. It is thought to be related to sun damage, and overexposure to the sun may lead to a heightened risk of developing this condition. Individuals with fair skin may also be more likely to be impacted by this type of skin discoloration.
However, there are a variety of other factors or causes that may lead to symptoms associated with poikiloderma, such as:
- Chemical reaction to makeup, perfume, etc.
- Diseases or infections
- Environmental exposure
- Hormonal changes
One of the most common causes of poikiloderma of Civatte is exposure to sunlight or ultraviolet light (UV light), but these other factors may influence your symptoms. Our professionals in Florida can help you better understand your skin.
Can My Symptoms Be Cured?
The skin discoloration associated with poikiloderma is considered to be a chronic condition. The changes to skin cannot be cured. However, there are options to help manage and reduce irritation to promote clear, healthy skin.
There are a few habits you can form to help reduce the condition on your own, such as:
- Limiting your time in the sun certain times of day
- Regularly applying sunscreen
- Wearing clothing to protect your skin from the sun
While these habits may offer some improvement for your experiences, further action may be required. Laser and light therapies may offer benefits in promoting a clear, even complexion. A consultation with our professional staff in Santa Rosa Beach can help you better understand your symptoms as well as explore your treatment options. It is important to seek the opinion of an experienced medical professional if you see changes to your skin that do not naturally clear.
Schedule Your Consultation!
Concerned about the current appearance of your skin? Contact us today at The Aesthetic Clinique and schedule your consultation to learn more about poikiloderma and skin discoloration. Dr. Steven Weiner and his professional staff proudly serve the Destin and Panama City Beach areas from Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. We look forward to helping you better understand your symptoms and achieve the clear skin you desire.