Lighter Patches of Skin
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Sarita Nori, MD

Sarita Nori, MD (Dermatology)

Dr. Sarita Nori was drawn to dermatology because of the intersection of science and medicine that is at the heart of dermatology. She feels this is what really allows her to help her patients. “There is a lot of problem-solving in dermatology and I like that,” she explains. “It’s also a profession where you can help people quickly and really make a difference in their lives.” | Some of the typical skin problems that Dr. Nori treats include skin cancers, psoriasis, acne, eczema, rashes, and contact dermatitis. Dr Nori believes in using all possible avenues of treatment, such as biologics, especially in patients with chronic diseases such as eczema and psoriasis. “These medications can work superbly, and they are really life-changing for many patients.” | Dr. Nori feels it’s important for patients to have a good understanding of the disease or condition that is affecting them. “I like to educate my patients on their problem and have them really understand it so they can take the best course of action. Patients always do better when they understand their skin condition, and how to treat it.”

Yoshinori Abe, MD

Yoshinori Abe, MD (Internal Medicine)

Dr. Abe graduated from The University of Tokyo School of Medicine in 2015. He completed his residency at the Tokyo Metropolitan Health and Longevity Medical Center. He co-founded Ubie, Inc. in May 2017, where he currently serves as CEO & product owner at Ubie. Since December 2019, he has been a member of the Special Committee for Activation of Research in Emergency AI of the Japanese Association for Acute Medicine. | | Dr. Abe has been elected in the 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia Healthcare & Science category.

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  • White hair growth in the patch of pale/white skin

  • Hypopigmentation with brown islands of sparing

  • Map-like hypopigmentation

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Possible Causes

Generally, Lighter patches of skin can be related to:

  • Senile Vitiligo

    A skin disorder related to aging that causes loss of skin color in patches in older individuals. The condition can affect the skin on any part of the body.

  • Vitiligo Vulgaris

    Destruction of pigment cells in the skin causes white patches to appear due to an autoimmune disease, where the body's immune system attacks its own pigment cells.

  • Piebaldism

    A condition characterized by the absence of melanocytes, which are the cells that produce the pigment melanin that gives skin and hair their color. The absence of melanocytes leads to patchy white hair and skin producing the classic "white forelock" on the frontal hairline. This is a genetic disorder, with autosomal dominant transmission. It may increase a person's risk of sunburn and skin cancer.

  • Lichen Sclerosus et Atrophicus
  • Malassezia Infection
  • Lichen Planus (Including Nails)
  • Extramammary Paget's Disease
  • Tuberous Sclerosis
  • Syphilis (Including Syphilitic Alopecia)
  • Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada Disease
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References

  • Hill J P, Batchelor J M. An approach to hypopigmentation BMJ 2017; 356 :i6534 doi:10.1136/bmj.i6534

Reviewed By:

Sarita Nori, MD

Sarita Nori, MD (Dermatology)

Dr. Sarita Nori was drawn to dermatology because of the intersection of science and medicine that is at the heart of dermatology. She feels this is what really allows her to help her patients. “There is a lot of problem-solving in dermatology and I like that,” she explains. “It’s also a profession where you can help people quickly and really make a difference in their lives.” | Some of the typical skin problems that Dr. Nori treats include skin cancers, psoriasis, acne, eczema, rashes, and contact dermatitis. Dr Nori believes in using all possible avenues of treatment, such as biologics, especially in patients with chronic diseases such as eczema and psoriasis. “These medications can work superbly, and they are really life-changing for many patients.” | Dr. Nori feels it’s important for patients to have a good understanding of the disease or condition that is affecting them. “I like to educate my patients on their problem and have them really understand it so they can take the best course of action. Patients always do better when they understand their skin condition, and how to treat it.”

Yoshinori Abe, MD

Yoshinori Abe, MD (Internal Medicine)

Dr. Abe graduated from The University of Tokyo School of Medicine in 2015. He completed his residency at the Tokyo Metropolitan Health and Longevity Medical Center. He co-founded Ubie, Inc. in May 2017, where he currently serves as CEO & product owner at Ubie. Since December 2019, he has been a member of the Special Committee for Activation of Research in Emergency AI of the Japanese Association for Acute Medicine. | | Dr. Abe has been elected in the 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia Healthcare & Science category.

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