Dark Spots

Dark spots are also called hyperpigmentation. It is caused due to acne scars, excessive sun exposure, and hormonal changes. Patches appear on the skin, and they seem to be darker than the surrounding skin. It often occurs when there is an increased production of melanin. It is treated by taking Hydroquinone creams and Retinoid solutions. Another option that is used to lighten the dark spot is laser treatment and chemical exfoliators.

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I have a black spot on my chest. Is it from a boil or scratch?

Query: Hi doctor, I noticed a black spot in my chest, It looks like an after mark from a boil or scratch (attachment is removed to protect patient's identity), but I just wanted to confirm. It is slightly raised and has a slight crust at the center. I do not have any pain or itching. Please help. Thank y...  Read Full »


Dr. Dilip Meena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. This condition is known as Dilated Pore of Winer. This is a harmless or benign tumor of the hair follicular infundibulum. It means the proliferation of the upper part of hair follicle cells makes a pouch in the skin. This pouch gets fil...  Read Full »

Why do I have a black spot on the vulva?

Query: Hi doctor,I have yellowish discharge with frequent burning urination at times. I also noticed a black spot in the vulva. I have a history of hemorrhoids. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Priyadarshini Tripathy

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Based on the history and symptoms you have provided, it looks like you have a vaginal infection. It is known as mixed vaginal infection (mixed bacterial vaginosis- a combination of bacterial and fungal vaginosis). There could be some components of STI (sexually tran...  Read Full »

What are the treatment options to remove acne and acne spots?

Query: Hello doctor,I have a heavy acne problem all of a sudden. I have been following a face wash routine with Cetaphil and then keep washing my face with water and applying sunscreen. Then in the evening, I wash my face with water and apply aloe vera, and at night I wash my face and apply benzoyl peroxid...  Read Full »


Dr. Deepti Shukla

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Acne in women can occur due to underlying hormonal imbalance. I always rule out the hormonal imbalance in female patients with acne as most doctors treat acne and do not address the underlying issue, which is why acne keeps recurring. So do you get your periods regul...  Read Full »

How to treat ingrown hair and dark spots below the belly button?

Query: Hi doctor, I have some ingrown hair and dark spots below my belly button. I do not know what to do. My skin tone is brown and I have this issue for a year. I pluck my hair and it regrows again leaving some dark spots and pimples. Kindly help.   Read Full »


Dr. Sneha Mariam Varghese

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. You are having a form of folliculitis. It is a bacterial infection of the hair follicle that occur due to ingrown hair. The growth of ingrown hair can get aggravated due to shaving practice and it needs to be corrected. It is better to trim th...  Read Full »

What causes small dark marks randomly on one side of the face?

Query: Hi doctor,What can be the reason for small dark marks which randomly appear on one side of my face?  Read Full »


Dr. Sugandh Garg

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. As your query, Make sure you are not exposed to the sun. Avoid sun exposure, especially between 11 am to 3 pm. If at all, you must, then wear protective clothing, a full-sleeved shirt, a scarf to cover your face except the eyes, a broad brim hat, sunshades, broad su...  Read Full »

What could be a recurring dark spot on the palm of a 6-year-old boy?

Query: Hello doctor, My son is 6 years old. For three years, we have seen this spot on his left hand's palm that appear very dark black-bluish than it is today as it appears in the photo. And then it would suppress, and the skin would become normal color. It used to be of the same size as it appears now. J...  Read Full »


Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hello, Welcome to iclniq.com. If there is underlying thickness, it will favor Morphea, also known as localized scleroderma. Confirmation could only be made on biopsy, which on the other way also can diagnose other similar diseases like lichen planus pigmentosus. I would advise you to use Flutivat...  Read Full »

Which topical cream suits best for dark spots and hyperpigmentation?

Query: Hello doctor, I have dark spots on my chin area, and it does not go away for more than a month. I have tried a lot but could not. It turns red too. Which product is suitable for dark spots, hyperpigmentation, and redness?  Read Full »


Dr. Snehal Laul

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Use 1 percent Hydrocortisone cream (Elica cream) twice daily for five days in a minimal amount to reduce inflammation and redness. Apply Kojic cream at night for 20 days (on dark spots) after inflammation is reduced, and use Kojic soap for bath. Apply Photostable...  Read Full »

How to treat dark spots between the breasts?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 19 years old. I have dark spots between my breasts. I am not sure at what age it started to appear but I know I have had it for a couple of years now. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Snehal Laul

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is postinflammatory hyperpigmentation marks due to atopy or eczematous dermatitis. Use Kojic soap for the bath for three months and Kojic cream at night for three months. Take tablet Limcee 500 mg once a day after breakfast for 30 days. Is there itching? Is ...  Read Full »

I have a brown or dark patch on my toe nail. What is that?

Query: Hello doctor, Brown patch or dark spot in the toenail. I noticed a brown patch or dark spot in my toenail. This is the only toe that is having this issue. I have not had any itching yet on this foot (maybe a little on the other foot, but no dark spots). I would like to know, a) The cause of this...  Read Full »


Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. How long it has been there?   Read Full »

I have dark spots on my face. Would Calamine lotion work?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 15-year-old suffering from dark spots on the face. They are dark brown, and my usual skin tone is golden brown. I developed acne when I first started puberty, and I picked at my face, which caused these scars. I have tried Vitamin C, and Mederma gel to lighten them, but nothing wo...  Read Full »


Dr. Srinivas Goud B

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand that you have acne scars and dark spots caused due to acne. Acne is usually age-related because of hormonal changes. However, I suggest you undergo PRP (platelet-rich plasma) therapy for the scars if they are bothering you. For dark spots, you may use ...  Read Full »

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