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Content updated on Nov 2, 2022

What is friction melanosis?

This is a condition where repeated rubbing of skin with towels causes discoloration .

Symptoms of friction melanosis

  • Dark spots on skin

  • Skin abnormality

Questions your doctor may ask to check for friction melanosis

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose friction melanosis

  • Do you have skin darkening?

  • Do you have any skin problems?

Treatment for friction melanosis

Avoid rubbing the skin with rough or sharp materials. This discoloration may not fully disappear.

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  • Yoon JH, Jang YJ, Cho EB, Park EJ, Kim KH, Kim KJ. A Rare Case of Transient Friction Melanosis of the Finger: A Case Report. Ann Dermatol. 2021 Dec;33(6):568-571. doi: 10.5021/ad.2021.33.6.568. Epub 2021 Nov 4. PMID: 34858009; PMCID: PMC8577913.

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