Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Cautious mom | 2009/01/09

Q.

Blotchy Skin

My 4yr old daughter loves to swim. We always cover her in baby sunblock, and only allow swimming early morning, and late afternoon. Yet, she still has a golden tan, except for her face, which is blotchy. I ensure she has sunblock on her face, but she has these round blotches which is much lighter than the rest of her skin. This only occurs on one side of her face, even though she has a beautiful skin. She is very active outside, so it is not from lack of sun. It is as if she tanned with coins packed on the one side of her face. Is this something to worry about?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

This is a very common skin condition of unknown cause with a very long name 'pityriasis alba'. It is self limiting and will clear up by itself after about 18 months to 2 years. There is no specific treatment.

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