Options for Dark Spots, Dark Elbows and Knees?

I am a young African-American woman, and not sure if chemical peels and skin bleaching are right for me. I have a lot of dark spots on my face, and I have combination skin type (oily and dry, and very rough). I also have very dark elbows and knees that don't blend in with my skin tone. What are my options aside from chemical peel or bleaching?

Doctor Answers 2

May be a condition known as dermatosis papulosa nigra

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The dark spots on your face may be a condition known as dermatosis papulosa nigra. These spots usually occur on the upper cheeks and can be treated by freezing or buning with an electrocautery. Information is available at http://www.visualdxhealth.com/adult/dermatosisPapulosaNigra-whosAtRisk.htm

Dark spots, elbows and knees

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It is not clear from your question what these dark spots and rough areas of the face, and dark skin of the elbows and knees represent.  I would start by consulting with a board certified dermatologist to diagnose your concerns before considering your various treatment options.

Good luck.

Bryan K. Chen, MD
San Diego Dermatologist

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