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    Vitiligo

    A fairly common condition characterised by pale, white patches developing on the skin where pigment cells (melanocytes) are absent, resulting in little or none of a pigment called melanin. Read more →

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    Skin Pigmentation Problems

    Melanin is the natural pigment responsible for the colour of our skin, hair and eyes. However, if too much or too little is produced by the body, it could lead to a skin condition. Read more →

    I'm 15 and overweight and I have dark discolouration of skin on my armpits, around my neck and on my inner thighs. I've tried creams and oils that are said to even out your skin tone; they have helped to lighten the discolouration slightly. What could I use that would help even it out and possibly cure it?





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    I suffered from this for many years, I think it's called acanthosis nigracans. I used bio-oil on it but to no avail. However, last year I lost 10 stone (I was severely overweight) and the dark patches disappeared completely!

    Hello Dr Christian. On your show on Mon 26th Sept you mentioned whitening creams and laser procedures that can be used to help remove discolouration of the skin. I have large areas of discolouration on both my lower legs owing to a long history of varicose vein surgery. Are there any creams or procedures that could tackle this problem to make my legs less embarrassing to look at. I went on the internet following your programme about this and found allmanner of remedies with as many warnings about being careful about those that can be harmful and contain banned mercurious compunds. Also many seemed to mention the reduction ofthe melanin pigment. That is not my problem it is the presence of blood which seeps through the upper skin layers that gives the discolouration and I think you mentioned something about that. Please advise Jim Derbyshire





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    HI, My wife has a dark skin discolouration on her back, she says she once saw an episode of your show where a woman had the same problem but on her face. this discolouration is apparently common amongst ethnic groups but my wife failed to catch the remedy presented by your show. She did note that there was cream given to the patient on the show who displayed positive results after a few weeks of use. We would be so grateful if you could tell us what cream that was as we have tried a number of different creams which have all failed. Thank you.





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    i have discolouration of my skin on my thighs, is this due my being overweight?





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    Hi, you recently had on the show (a couple of Fridays ago)a patient with Melasma - the skin discolouration disorder or hyperpigmentation I have tried so many things that haven't worked. You mentioned that there is a skin lightening or bleaching treatment for it available on precription - can you tell me what the prescriptive product is called? Warm Regards Melanie





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    I am 18 years old and have recently diagnosed with Lichen simplex chronicus of the vulva from a biopsy. It all began about 4 years ago when I got thrush from using a hair removal cream on my vagina (I was young). I experienced intense itching and more discharge than usual but didn't get it seen by my gp for a long while as I was embarrased. The intense itching and scratching during the thrush and after it went away carried on since then. One day I decided to have a look down there and saw discolouration of the vulva skin to a greyish-White and slightly leathery in texture. My gynacologist advised me to stop scratching and to use aloe vera gel ( as I refused to use topical treatment due to experience of ineffectiveness and thinning of the skin). After about 5months the aloe vera gel has provided excellent relief from itching, however I still see discolouration except it is no longer greyish-White but now pinky- red which is an improvement as it may slowly go back to my normal skin colour ( I am of black African decent ). I just wondered if there was a way to possibly speed up the process of the apperance of my skin going back to normal. It's terribly embarrasing and is the reason as to why I am still a virgin, Im too embarrased to show my partner (6months) and so always keep my knickers on when we get intimate but I really really want to take it further but this skin condition is really holding me back. I've had this for such a long time, please help! Thanks so much





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    I have several red spots on the head of my penis. They are not sore or itchy, nor are they raised, it's almost like a discolouration of the skin, but they have been there for about a month. I am currently not sexually active, and have not been for 3 years. Should I be worried? I am fairly 'anal' about my cleaning regime, bathing at least every other day if not every day.





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    I have a mole in by butt cheek from what I can remember it has always been there. Just the other day it started itching so I had a look in the mirror. I had a look and could see what looks like a brown uneven discolouration mark right up through the middle. Hubby looked and said it looks like a scab, to which I tried picking it, and can confirm it is a scab. But where my mole is it would be difficult to have scrapped the skin there to cause the scab in the first place. Should I be concerned do you think? I have Pale skin and lots of moles.





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    HI I have skin hanging on left side, it hangs about 50mm further down than right side, it is soft no lumps or hardness no discolouration no rashes, doctors don't know what it is and i hate it.





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    Ok firstly I think everyone's body is a little different, maybe you have more skin on one side of the lip on your vagina, maybe you have more pubic hair, but really it all comes down to how your body just is. Don't hate yourself for it just cus your little "magic box" looks different from other "magic boxes" you see on tv, porn, or in gyms. I'm sure that your woman parts are completely and totally perfect for your body. Also the fact that doctors don't know what part of your vagina is- slightly concerns me, I also don't find it that surprising. The anatomy of females has only in recent history been discovered and explored- used to be no one really knew what it was except the baby maker. It was a "down there" or a "basement" no one really looked into it and women where expected to just be. But I can assure you that you are perfect the way you are. (Saying that- I'm not a gynecologist and I don't have a medical degree, but more likely than not it's just a normal part of your body, and you shouldn't lose sleep over it.)

    went for another check up on Friday and the skin is now 13cm had an ultrasound, going for an MRI scan.

    I have a yellow discolouration on my tongue that I have had for months and it is concerning me. My doctor prescribed Daktarin gel which I tried but I constantly have a yellow discolouration on my tongue which doesnt look very nice. I am also worried that it may result in bad breath. What can be causing this? and how can I get rid of it? Id appreciate any advice. I brush my teeth twice daily and also use mouthwash and I also have been using a tongue brush for months. The coating does scrape off my tongue with my tongue brush but it re-appears. I cannot get rid of the coating from the very back of my tongue either because I cannot reach that far using the tongue brush. Many thanks.





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    Me too. My thick yellowish coating is only at the backof the tongue. I scrape it or brush it with a plastic scraper or toothbrush almost every day. Gps and an oral medicine practitioner have said there's probably nothing wrong but they've taken samples from my mouth an blood to check. I've had this condition for years and years and it really bugs me. I try to eat as many cleansing foods as poss- raw fruit and veg and am cutting back on sugar and dairy. It doesn't seem to smell- thank goodness! but looks horrible. I'm thinking of going to see a nutritionist next. Good luck with yours!

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    My son is 21. I am english (white skinned), his father is Iranian (fairly white skinned). My son is now suffering from eczema, especially on his arms (inside elbow region) and back of neck and skin discolouration. Usually when he went on a summer holiday his eczema got better but this time returning from a holiday in the sun his eczema on back of neck is quite bad and there is a lot of skin discolouration on the inside of his arms in the elbow region. Is this treatable?





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    Um, mine has a skin discolouration around that area and is itchy. Its that normal. I'm 14.





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    If you're not sexually active or you always use condoms then it's almost certainly just a bit of thrush, everyone gets it sometimes (tight clothes in warm weather or a bad diet are the usual culprits. You can get a treatment from the doctor, chemist, supermarket or online. I always keep a cream in the house just in case. If you've had unprotected sex then see your doctor or local clinic for an sti check just to be on the safe side (they're really not that bad, don't worry!) Everyone has to get their bits out for a professional to see at some point, it's nothing to be embarrassed about, they've seen it all a million times.

    i have sum very bad discolouration on my penis. and some aching and tearing of the fore skin. creams I have been prescribed have not worked





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    I've never had any problems with my skin before, in march a rash started to flare up on my leg i didn't think nothing of it because i thought it was an heat rash because it was itchy and sore, at the time id had an accident wherei knocked my arm up so i put a plaster on i changed it every 3 hours to avoid bacteria, i started to become itchy on my arm whilst wearing a plaster i had an allergic reaction to it and i thought that can't be right because i use to wear plasters most of the time and they never affected me, my lumps on my leg stated to become worse one was seeing with puss, my rashes started to calm down after using allergenic dermo shower gel which cleaned the cuts and it helped loads but now theres a problem rashes have flared up and around my ankles and legs causing severe itching and discomfort exspecially when im wearing clothes its causing me to be frustrated and it is making me un easy to go sleep not only that but there as been a change of colour in my skin recently as there are patches of discolouration on my arm and leg but it isnt that bad but its easy to notice what would be good to use to sort my lumps out and why my skin as patches of discolouration





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    I am 18 years old and have recently diagnosed with Lichen simplex chronicus of the vulva from a biopsy. It all began about 4 years ago when I got thrush from using a hair removal cream on my vagina (I was young). I experienced intense itching and more discharge than usual but didn't get it seen by my gp for a long while as I was embarrased. The intense itching and scratching during the thrush and after it went away carried on since then. One day I decided to have a look down there and saw discolouration of the vulva skin to a greyish-White and slightly leathery in texture. My gynacologist advised me to stop scratching and to use aloe vera gel ( as I refused to use topical treatment due to experience of ineffectiveness and thinning of the skin). After about 5months the aloe vera gel has provided excellent relief from itching, however I still see discolouration except it is no longer greyish-White but now pinky- red which is an improvement as it may slowly go back to my normal skin colour ( I am of black African decent ). I just wondered if there was a way to possibly speed up the process of the apperance of my skin going back to normal. It's terribly embarrasing and is the reason as to why I am still a virgin, Im too embarrased to show my partner (6months) and so always keep my knickers on when we get intimate but I really really want to take it further but this skin condition is really holding me back. I've had this for such a long time, please help! Thanks so much





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    Im 15 and I have skin discolouration around my my neck and parts of my face. I medium shade in complexion for a black person and i wouls like some advice as to how to sort it out





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    I have a dark discolouration to the skin on my Neck both sides just under the jaw bone and Lower jaw, gets darker when I go in the sun, I feel really conscious of it and it is getting worse, any advice would be appreciated





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    I have 2 problems, the first is that I have a lot of hair in betweeen my legs (and extending onto my tights) and it grows back very quickly (within 8 hours) so I shave my bikini line every day, but by the end of the day is looks swful again. I'm 33 and this problem has been getting worse for the last few years. The second problem is that the skin around that area and at the top of my thighs is darker/redder than on the rest of me. This too seems to have been getting worse over the last few years and now looks really unpleasant. The discolouration is in the crease and then extends down my thighs, and is a sort of brown/red/grey colour - and looks very unplesant. There are no other symptoms (I have no spots, broken skin, unusual discharge, smells, painfulness or itching). Its just the colour of the skin, but it looks so awful. I've tried lots of creams for thrush and sweat rashes (in case it is something like this) but none of them have worked. I've stopped going to gym because of the communal changing rooms, I've stopped swimming and I won't wear a bikini on holiday now, so it is really restricting my life. I've also become much more self conscious with my hunsdand, and I think he finds me less attractive now bacuse of my slef-consciousness. And we're trying for a family, but at the back of my mind I am scared about becoming pregnant and the birth and people looking at that part of me. I really want to get this sorted out, but I'm too embarassed to go to my doctor. Is anything I can do or buy to reduce the hair growth and get rid of the discolouration? Please help.





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    I am a 21 year old female with discolouration of the underarms, not only that but they are slightly cracked it's quite embarrassing it always looks as though i havent shaved. I have had this as a guess for 8 years. Is there anything i could take or use to bring the colour of my skin back to normal?





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    Hi, I have had some skin discolouration to the upper arms chest and neck, this thought was due to the sun, as I spend 3 weeks of the year in Italy, I do wear a high sun factor, but it still comes, its quiet patchy and almost looks like brusing.I would be grateful for any help,thanks.





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    I have a dark patch too, it kind of looks like a bruise. This has been looked at and it's totally fine. It's just the pigment in my skin there. Keep an eye on it, if it gets bigger or raises (the discolouration, not your penis :) ) then get it looked at. Tc

    I visited my doctor about 6 months ago with a fungal infection on both big toes. The discolouration and thickness of each nail was disgusting looking. He prescribed a tablet called Ternaf and told me that it could take about 12 months to cure the condition. Even at this stage, there is a marked improvement. The discolouration is about 70% cured and the nail thickness is almost back to normal (though still brittle). I have no doubt this treatment is working well. As with all medication, do not prescribe for yourself but get your doctor's opinion on Ternaf. I hope my findings will be of help to others.





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    I have discolouration on my vagina, skin is darker on the lips which i can see from the pics that people my colour (light brown skin) have, but then near the opening it is very red . A nurse looked at it and commented that the red area looked shiny. I get thrush often, but even with treatment the red area on my vagina stays. I have been diagnosed with hsv-1 but I've been to have my vagina swabbed at the hospital a few times to see if that's causing the problem but the swabs come back negative. The dr also said hsv-1 is unlikely to be there constantly. I took a pic of it to compare with these pics on here but no one has that red skin. Would really like a specialist to look at it :-(





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    I also hqve the same thing as in my inner lips have a darker brown edge and on my lips hqve a pinky red look and i feel really self conscious about this

    Recently I have skin discolouration on my face. hyperpigmentation around my eyes starting from under my eyebrows down to my cheekbones. I had blood tests which all came back negative. So far I have spent £1000 on products to rid of these black eyes with no effect. This problem very much affects my self confidence. Please can you help me?





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    I am a 34 year old woman who is of black skin and have had acne from my teens my face is now very pigmented and scarred from this, i have tried everything going and am now considering laser treatment as i am getting depressed and feel very self concious and I always wear make up. I have recently been given a product called Dalacin T lotion by my gp to help with the spots but need to get rid of the scars and pigment discolouration. please please help!!!!





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    My 11 yr old son has just had emergency surgery to remove a twisted epididymal appendix cyst. The pain started in his groin and moved to his testicle. Surgeon was going to send him home with antibiotics thinking it was a rash but another consultant recognised the blue discolouration under the skin and had him in theatre within 30 minutes.





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    Crawling skin-For 10 years I have been getting a sensation of microscopic insects crawling on my skin, whole body inc. scalp, when stressed or tired; also if I have not bathed for 2-3 days. I have chronic MH probs and the "crawling" intensifies unbearably when in crisis. Alchohol causation/lice/Urticaria have been ruled out in the past. The sensation occurs in completely random areas.No sign of bites/discolouration/inflamation. One suggestion from a psychiatrist was that it may be a histamine reaction to stress?





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    i am age 31 and a larger lady, i have alot of discolouration of the skin on my inner thighs upto and on my vagina. i also have a few lumps that swell and become very painfull at times, sometimes they burst and weep puss and blood. this can be very sore and it is distressing to me and very uncomfortable. please can you help and advise me as to what this may be and how to treat. i have taken photos of this if this would be helpful in your diagnosis. thanking you yvonne.





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    Try peels that are specific to lifting melasma/pigmentation. Check it out properly though - needs to have active ingredients and be strong enough to actually peel away some layers that hold the discolouration (not just 'fluffy beauty peels'). Make sure you protect your skin, especially after a strong peel, with maximum SPF (sun makes it worse). The pill is also a big contributor to developing melasma (it's mostly hormonal). Just coming from someone who has hormonal melasma and works in a skin clinic :)

    I use Eucerin Intensive 10% lotion every day daily which softens the skin but does not help the discolouration. After doing a web search the cream used in the program might be Calmurid which has mention before. I doubt if the cream used in the program is a cure but if it is a good treatment that is good enough for me.





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