I am asian and have discoloration on my back – what can I do?

Hi Dr. Brandith, I am an asian and have a bad acne dark spot on my body. And I was trying to exfoliate it using a loofah. And now, there is a discoloration area on my back which about 2 inches. Is it caused by rubbing loofah too hard? Can it be cured? The discoloration isn't too dark (less dark than acne spots) I'm using salicylic powder too at night. Thanks ♡

I’m glad you wrote and I saw a patient similar to you in the office last month. 

In general, when darker skin types are rubbed, scratched, over exfoliated, over peeled, over scrubbed, etc.   –  it will make the pigment darker!!!!

Please stop and let your skin rest!  That means – no scrubbing, no rubbing, no chemicals (like the sal acid), no exfoliation, no loofahs –   you get the picture.   Your skin needs to rest –  you don’t even need soap on your back unless you’ve been rolling in mud.    Just a bland lotion please on your back and nothing else.

Your skin should begin to be more even and the color fading over the next 30-60 days.   See your doctor if it doesn’t start  lighten up again in about 2 months.  There are sometimes causes of pigment that are due to other medical problems. 

Dr. I

Dr. Brandith Irwin, MD

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