Hi, I am 55 and awaiting a diagnosis. I have a pitted area with white in the center (on my face) which the dermatologist says is an atrophic scar. It appeared out of nowhere in March. There was no injury of any kind, it just wasn't there, and then it just was. When it started pitting I was afraid it was cancer so I went to my former dermatologist. She said she didn't know what it was but it didn't look like cancer. I asked her if it was going to get bigger and she laughed. That hurt my feelings, I don't think it's funny. I may not look like a movie star, but I care. She measured it and gave me a prescription for doxycycline. She is mostly into spa and cosmetic dermatology.
I made an appointment and saw another dermatologist who is board certified. She said atrophic scars that appear suddenly can be caused by lichen sclerosis or scleroderma. I looked up lichen sclerosis and do not think I have other symptoms, but will leave it to her to determine. I looked up scleroderma (yes I read about cyberchondria, good point).
I began having bowel incontinence about 3 months ago, which I found described under scleroderma, but I have not told my Dermatologist yet. I have a recheck in 3 months. I think we are watching to see if the patch does anything further. I keep looking at it, of course. She said she could do a biopsy, but that would cause a scar. It already is a pitted scar, I don't think it would be much worse after a biopsy. I know it is vanity but I have gone my whole life without any scars on my face. I tried makeup and it only conceals the white, the dent still shows. I looked up heavy duty concealers, but they look complicated to use.
1) Does anyone know of a simple to use one step concealer that will level out a pitted scar (then I can put foundation over it)? I feel like I need to hide this from people, especially at work.
2) Is there a common test or group of tests I should expect? I mean, is there a way to find out for sure. Do you think I can get a definite answer at the next appointment or am I just going to be left wondering? This has caused stress that is affecting other areas of my life.