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Red Sundamaged Neck - Poikiloderma

Red Neck Medical Skin and Laser
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What is Poikiloderma?

Often known dermatologically as "Poikiloderma of Civatte", this red colouration and sun damaged look of the neck can become more prominent as time proceeds. It is extremely common and benign (non-cancerous). Poikiloderma of civatte was first described in 1923 and refers to redness and mottled pigment on the sides of the neck. The area under the chin is usually unaffected.
What causes poikiloderma, or a red neck or chest?
The cause of poikiloderma is unknown, however associated factors include:
  • Fair skin
  • Women
  • UV sun exposure
  • Radiation treatment
  • Hormonal factors
  • Some components of cosmetics and toiletries (photosensitising components such a perfume)
There are genetic skin conditions which may also manifest in this way, so evaluation by a Skin Doctor is always recommended prior to treatment.
What is the treatment for Poikiloderma/ red neck or chest?

In the dermatological world, the neck and chest has been notoriously difficult to treat. At Medical Skin and Laser Australia, we utilise preventative strategies, creams, in conjunction with the latest cutting edge laser technology.

Excel V Class 4 Vascular Laser can help with both the redness and pigmentation, as well as give a gentle skin rejuevenation. 
How do I stop Poikiloderma from getting worse?
Once you gain improvement, it is important to maintain general measures. This includes:
  • Wearing at least 30+ factor broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) protective suncreen
  • Covering up with physical barriers when practical- such as scarves, hats etc
  • Minimise use of perfumes, cosmetics, toiletries in that region
It is possible that through enjoying life, we may not always follow these measures to a T, so if the poikiloderma does start coming back, it's easy.
We organise an individualised maintenance program to suit you. 
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