in the past 5 years I have started getting brown flat spots on my skin after it heals from an injury(scratch,bug bite,cut). these spots look like a scar and i was wondering what is the best way to lighten them and why is this happening. I can't even wear short sleeves because my arms look like crap from the multiple scars( i don't know what else to call them) please geve me some information.
Hi, welcome to the ehealth forum and I am glad to help you.
You seem concerned by the flat brown spots after injury which is called as postinflammatory hyperpigmentation in medical terminology.
The discoloration can last for weeks, months, or even years and turn into a permanent scar. This type of hyperpigmentation can occur with any skin type but is especially common among people whose skin has more color â not just dark skin but light brown and olive skin as well. Sunscreen can help prevent postinflammatory hyperpigmentation and keep the area from darkening further. If the discoloration really bothers you, you must consult your dermatologist about using a skin lightener, chemical peel, or microdermabrasion to treat the darkened spot.
Hope this helps. Take care.
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