I was recently diagnosed with poikiloderma of civatte. Unfortunately, I suffer from this condition due to short-term, aggressive tanning when I was in my 20's. I got a bad sunburn on my face, neck and chest with the use of a sunlamp and outdoor tanning. I had acne problems at the time and was told tanning would help with that. I am 41 now and I have noticed a definate acceleration of symptoms.
I don't have the classic red/brown patches on the sides of my neck but I have the textural issues and some cherry angionomas, broken blood vessels and brown spots. I also have flushing of the face, neck and chest on occasion (almost like hot flashes). My main concern is the textural issues - I have very pronounced, raised hair follicles and bands that run along the front and sides of my neck and upper chest. I am currently undergoing vibraderm treatments for the textural issues (I am on my 3rd treatment) and using a HQ free pigment gel and exfoliants in between treatments. I have noticed a very slight improvement but not really enough to be noticeable.
It was suggested I also undergo IPL treatments and I am currently saving money to have that done next. I am just wondering what the prognosis is for at least achieving partial clearance of this condition.
I have read it is very difficult to treat. I am not looking for perfection as I know the damage has already been done but even a small improvement would be nice. It is almost disfiguring and every time I look in the mirror I am distressed by what I see. Any input and/or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.