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10 Sep 2007

Dark patches on " black" skin
I have a dark mark on the one side of my face (near my left eye) . Now I notice that many other black men have these dark patches on both sides of their faces. (RSA and USA) I have a brown colour skin and have diabetes 2 . Age 48 . Male . I notice that there is a brown mark forming on the other side of my face. Will this also go black? What is the cause of it.
The most fortunate thing is that I cannot see the mark unless I look in a mirror and I only do that once a day.

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01 Jan 0001

Hello Gordon, thank you for the question.

I must start by commenting that it is very difficult to make a diagnosis with topical blemishes over the net, especially without an examination (so one should consult a dermatologist to be 100% sure). From what you are describing, these dark patches are most probably pigmentation marks, and is most probably caused by some form of inflammation or excessive sun exposure. Your treatment should include a good SPF which contains zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, and one may consider the following topicals: tretinoin, hydroquinone, or Jessner’s solution.

Please note that there are a number of medical reasons for the development of pigmentation associated with diabetes. An example is Diabetic dermopathy and is characterized as pigmented lesions seen with diabetic patients that usually appear on the legs (this is caused by an inflammatory reaction).
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