Our expert says:
thank you for the question.
This is a
difficult question to answer over the net as ideally one would like to examine
the skin before deciding on what the prognosis would be. From your description
it seems that the pigment of the skin has lightened where the cream was applied,
and this may be an indication of loss of the natural skin pigment or
is caused by an injury or inflammatory response that destroys the skin’s
melanin or pigment producing cells. Unfortunately, this may be permanent, and
the natural colour tone may never return. However, with time the melanin from
surrounding cells may allow the skin to return to its original colour.
We will have
to wait and see what happens and how the skin responds over the next 3 to 4
months. Gentle short exposure to the sun during our winter can stimulate the pigment
cells to bring back the normal colour but I would only do this for 10 minutes
at a time. It is also a good idea to use a sunscreen SPF 30 or higher that
contains zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide.
I hope the
above has helped
Dr Alek Nikolic
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