What is this on my skin? (Photo)

Is it this ? Café-Au-Lait Spots These brown patches on skin are usually light in color, hence their name, which translates from French to “coffee with milk.” Unlike seborrheic keratosis, they do not grow outwards from the skin in nodules. Instead, they lie flat against the skin and do not have raised borders. Dermatologists are not sure why some people are born with these brown patches on skin, but they are usually harmless and can be treated with non-ablative laser skin resurfacing.

Doctor Answers 2

CALM birthmark and lasers

I can not tell for sure if this is a CALM, a closer look and history is needed - somewhat usual pattern for a CALM, regardless, if this is a cafe au lait macule, then laser treatment is possible. 

See below for a video on how I remove CALMs using lasers. 

All the best

Dr Davin Lim
Laser and aesthetic dermatologist
Brisbane, Australia. 


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Hyperpigmentation On Face/Body -- Clear + Brilliant/Viva, Microneelding/PRP, Skin lightening/Peels, Aerolase, Pico Laser

Lasers, peels and skin care can all help hyperpigmentation.  If this is a congential birth mark it will need surgical removal or tattoo lasers.  Best, Dr. Emer.

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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