Becker’s nevus – is there a good treatment?

Hi doctor I have Beckers naevus which is spread over my back. Please suggest me with the treatment. I have seen in one blog that its been cured with a cream which contains the quoted "The skin bleaching cream is 6% Hydoquinone, 0.5% Ascorbic Acid in Neostrata cream".

I’m hoping to save you time, energy and money on this one. At this point in time, there is no really effective treatment for Becker’s nevi. Many patients have spent a lot of time and money to try to remove these nevi without much result. Creams absolutely do not work for this problem.


The reason is that these are a late onset “birthmark” with very deep pigment and usually hair which is also deeply rooted in the skin. Creams don’t penetrate enough and even lasers give uneven and usually disappointing results. The hair growing out of the patch tends to be resistent to hair removal lasers. I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but I’d rather have you save your money at this point in time.


There are several doctors in India who treat this more frequently but they will usually do a test patch with the laser first to see if there is any response. The pigment is sometimes more responsive than the hair.  If you are in India, you might try consulting with Dr. Omprakash in Bangalore or Dr. Dhepe in Pune.


Hope this helps,  Dr. I


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