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