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01 Jul 2020
Hi Phoenix, thank you for the question.
This is a difficult question to answer over the net as ideally one would like to examine the skin before deciding on what the prognosis would be. From your description it seems that the pigment of the skin has lightened where the cream was applied, and this may be an indication of loss of the natural skin pigment or hypopigmentation.
Hypopigmentation is caused by an injury or inflammatory response that destroys the skin’s melanin or pigment producing cells. Unfortunately, this may be permanent, and the natural colour tone may never return. However, with time the melanin from surrounding cells may allow the skin to return to its original colour.
We will have to wait and see what happens and how the skin responds over the next 3 to 4 months. Gentle short exposure to the sun during our winter can stimulate the pigment cells to bring back the normal colour but I would only do this for 10 minutes at a time. It is also a good idea to use a sunscreen SPF 30 or higher that contains zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide.
I hope the above has helped
Kind regardsDr Alek Nikolic
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