Idiopathic Hypoguttate Melanosis IGH - White Spot Treatment
It gets its name from Idiopathic (unknown origin) Guttate (droplet-like) Hypo (reduced) Melanosis (pigmentation), a descriptive term describing its spotty white lesions.
Although the exact cause is unknown it is thought to be mainly due to skin aging, UV exposure, and genetic factors. They can be seen as an isolated lesion or in multiples, and they are completely symptomless.
These lesions are most commonly seen on sun-damaged skin and therefore are very common in Australia.
IGH are benign (non-cancerous) skin lesions that are mainly of a cosmetic concern, although they may be associated with other sun-damaged skin lesions.
What is the most effective treatment?
Treatments until recently have been of varied and unpredictable effectiveness including options such as topical retinoids, skin peels, or cryotherapy. However, these treatments can potentially depigment the skin in other ways.
We have a new topical treatment that involves applying an anti-metabolite solution called 5-FluoroUracil (5-FU) in a specific manner to each individual lesion of the affected skin to re-stimulate the pigment-producing cells and “re-colour” the spots.
Contact the team at GMC to talk about how we can help with this treatment or recommendations for your unique goals.
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