Poikiloderma of Civatte is commonly found on the sides of the neck and cheeks. It presents as hyperpigmentation (darkening of skin colour) with underlying redness (telangiectasia/dilation of fine blood vessels) in men and women.
Hyperpigmentation is caused by sun exposure, hormonal changes (in women), the use of perfumes/after shaves and certain cosmetic ingredients such as Oil of Bergamot that cause the skin to become light-sensitive.
Telangiectasia becomes visible because of the loss of vascular support and thinning of skin. The lesions are usually asymptomatic, but some patients may feel mild burning, itching and increased sensitivity in the affected area.
Poikiloderma of Civatte is more obvious on the right side of the neck and face because of driving.
Recommended Skin Care
It is recommended to use a non-irritating SPF 50 sun screen twice daily.
Heliocare Sun Protection range
Avéne Mineral SPF (for sportsmen and women who perspire/swim)
A topical cream to lighten the dark skin may also be used.
Skin Tech Blending Bleaching Cream
Obagi Nuderm Blend fx
NeoStrata Enlighten Skin Brightener SPF25
Professional Treatments available at Lasermed are: 1. Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) to lighten hyperpigmentation and constrict blood vessels; and Chemical Peels to lighten hyperpigmentation.
By combining topical creams, sun protection and appropriate treatments, one can improve the appearance of this condition. Prevention is better than cure: wear a cotton scarf around your neck while driving or when doing sport.
Book a free consultation with a laser operator/ skin therapist at Lasermed.