Civatte was a French dermatologist who first described a common weathering change which affects the skin of the sides and front of the neck. It is a benign skin condition most commonly found in women.
Poikiloderma of Civatte characteristically spares the shaded area under the chin. The skin in the affected skin is red-brown with prominent hair follicles. The term “poikiloderma” refers to a change in the skin where there is thinning, increased pigmentation and dilation of the fine blood vessels (telangiectasias).
The exact cause is unknown. Contributing factors are:
- Fair skin
- Accumulated sun exposure
- Photosensitizing components of cosmetics and toiletries especially perfumes
- Hormonal factors
Our physician treats this condition using the Intense Pulsed Light device. Our office has the StarLux IPL System. The physician will determine which handpiece will optimize results. Approximately three treatments over a two month period will be needed to eliminate this condition.