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23 Apr

Dark scarring on skin
About 6 months ago I had a fungal rash on my skin (torso). The itching was really bad and I scratched the skin, which resulted in the skin becoming a dark patch. The antifungal medications (Microcidal and clomaderm) have helped with the itching and soothed the skin but what will help restore the skin to its normal complexion ?
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03 May

Thank you for the question.

This is a difficult question to answer over the net as ideally one would like to examine the skin and the dark patch. From your description it seems you have developed post inflammatory hyperpigmentation. This is pigment that has been deposited in the skin due to the inflammatory reaction. Typically this type of pigmentation is difficult to treat however it may lighten on its own with time (6 to 12 months).

I would recommend the following:

Avoid sun tanning the area and if exposed to the sun you must wear a good SPF 30 or higher that contains zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide.

Using depigmenting topical ingredients such as vitamin C and retinol (or vitamin A). Here are some links to products that contain these ingredients:

Vitamin C:

Vitamin A or retinol:

Supplements that help reduce pigmentation such as the LAMELLE Ovelle D3:

The above skin regime will only start to have some effect after 8 to 12 weeks.

I hope the above has helped.

Kind regards

Dr Alek Nikolic

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