Posted 04 March 2007 - 07:56 AM
Posted 04 March 2007 - 09:28 AM
I'm not African American, but have areas that are lightening or darkening, especially on my face. Several years ago it was spreading down my cheekbones, then onto the chin, and now my entire face is a few shades darker than my neck..except over my eyebrows and near the hairline. It looks like I shaved my hairline or had extremely thick eyebrows, then plucked off half of them after getting a good tan, leaving big white patches. Part of my forehead has been darkening again lately which makes it more noticeable.
At this point all I use are cosmetics, and I'd be afraid to have anything permanantly done since the dark and light patches can change, and it might leave me more mottled looking than I already am. There are people that specialize in tatooing to match your skin color, but you have to be careful because you can react to the dyes or inks used. I had a very small tattoo done years ago and it swelled up and itched for a couple of years, so I don't think I'd want that to happen to my face. With dark skin, a lot of the laser treatments can cause problems too, so you'd want to stick with someone very, very experienced! Maybe someone else will come along that has had some other treatment done and give you more info. Sorry that you're going through all this!
Posted 04 March 2007 - 10:27 AM
I have just the opposite problem. I have hyper pigmentation. I think with this disease it can go either way. My dermatologist says there isn't anything I can do about it other than using lightening creams. What I do that I think helps more is I use a self tanning spray that evens it out somewhat. I wonder if that would help you?
Let us know what you try.
Posted 04 March 2007 - 10:42 AM
Posted 04 March 2007 - 11:15 AM
I have a friend (Caucasion), who has Vitiligo, so I'm taking a guess that this may be what you also have.
I hope you can find a doctor who can give you the diagnosis that you deserve... My best to you!
Posted 06 March 2007 - 04:38 AM
Posted 06 March 2007 - 01:13 PM
I am an African American man. I also have lots of pigment loss in my skin in some areas, and hyper pigmentation in others.
Updated 8/10/07: Mixed Connective Tissue Disease (dx 03/2002). Diffuse Scleroderma, Dermatomyositis.
Posted 07 March 2007 - 04:34 AM
A couple have mentioned Vitiligo which is another disease that affects the skin, primarily as pigment loss. Vitiligo is suspected as being an autoimmune disease. We do have a page here at ISN that you might want to review:
Vitiligo: Vitiligo is a skin condition of white patches resulting from loss of pigment. Any part of the body may be affected."
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