Q. There are gradually increasing light patches on the chin area. What would it be?

Answered by
Dr. Dilip Meena
and medically reviewed by Dr.Nithila A
This is a premium question & answer published on Aug 14, 2019

Hello doctor,

I have light patches on my chin area that grew overtime gradually. I wish I could provide a picture so you could see. It started as a white patches, but it is light and reddish kind of.

Dr. Dilip Meena

Dermatology Venereology


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Perioral hypopigmentation in your age group is most likely because of a condition known as Pityriasis alba which is seen commonly as light patches on the face. It is common in patients with dry skin, tendency to have more allergies like rhinitis, recurrent cold, etc. You need to apply a moisturizer regularly for this.

1. Cetaphil moisturizing cream apply twice a day.

I am sure it is not vitiligo. Other possibilities may be seborrheic dermatitis if with itching and scaling or simply post inflammatory hypopigmentation but not vitiligo.

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