What are the white spots on the skin?

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Most of the time, white spots appear because of a poor diet or a lack of food. They may be a sign of vitamin or calcium deficiency.

Do you have white spots on your skin, or have you had any? It is common, for example, to see them appear on the skin during the summer days when the tan leaves traces so unattractive.

What are they due to? Sometimes they appear even on the back or on the face and in the youngest people. But by what are they provoked? What treatments should we follow?

In this article, we will talk about this very common problem by always reminding you to consult your doctor or dermatologist as soon as you have a doubt or a problem of this type.

White spots on the skin: pityriasis versicolor

Pityriasis versicolor is very common. But do not panic, it does not matter and, in general, it heals. Pityriasis versicolor tends to appear as white patches on the skin, especially in the following areas:

  • Chest and back.
  • Arms and legs.
  • Areas generally exposed during warm periods.

They appear especially during hot weather or just when you come back in the fall. They are most commonly seen in younger children because of sweating, hormonal changes, and humidity.

As we pointed out earlier, this is neither dangerous nor contagious, nor is it painful.

It is only the appearance of small, unsightly white spots on our skin that resist and do not go away easily.

How to treat pityriasis versicolor?

Pityriasis versicolor is a type of mushroom that requires treatment. In general, the following treatments are used:

  • Antifungal drugs such as terbinafine, or miconazole, adapted to treat this type of infection.
  • Another suitable resource is the shampoo containing selenium sulphide. It is very good and it is only necessary to apply on the affected area in the evening, so that it has the effect. Then take a bath in the morning to remove it.
  • Aloe vera is a home remedy that can relieve the effects. Just apply the gel of the plant, do a little massage and leave for a few hours before taking a shower.
  • You must take into account that if after using the treatments for two weeks you notice that the spots do not go away, it is best to consult a dermatologist.

White spots on the skin: vitiligo


Vitiligo is already a problem a little more serious. Its origin comes from the loss of a pigment called melanin. This is a problem of the immune system where an error has occurred, and in this case attacks and destroys a cell type: melanocites.

Let’s see here its most important features:

  • These white spots on the skin appear anywhere in our body. They can be large or small and have different shapes.
  • They do not cause discomfort, pain, itching or irritation. They appear without symptoms but they are very showy.
  • In general, they are more common in people who live in damp places.
  • Sometimes these white spots can turn brown and with small scales. It is in these cases that they start to be quite embarrassing.

What treatment is available for vitiligo?

  • Unfortunately, today there is no effective treatment for vitiligo. This autoimmune disease often has a genetic origin and there are no effective and safe solutions to stop this destruction of melanocitis.
  • Sometimes, we try to re-pigment the skin using steroids or immunomodulators but this does not always give good results. Experts advise the use of photo-protectors (in the form of creams) to protect hypopigmented areas from solar radiation.
  • In terms of natural remedies, many people use for example aloe vera and balms based on turmeric or mustard oil to reduce their incidence.

Obviously the white spots of the skin will not disappear, but if you do it regularly, you will notice that they are diminishing and that your skin will be more and more healthy.

White spots of the skin: nutritional deficit

It must be taken into account. Sometimes we follow incorrect diets, and we suffer from severe lack of vitamins and minerals.

If you see a child suffering from this type of blemish, it is important to consult a doctor to make an analysis. This may be due to a nutritional deficit:

  • Sometimes the white spots on the skin may be due to a deficiency of calcium, vitamin D and vitamin E.
  • Do not neglect all foods rich in calcium! Remember that it’s not just dairy products that are high in calcium, but vegetables also contain a lot of calcium. This mineral is essential for the health of your skin and bones.
  • Sometimes, the white spots due to malnutrition are harmless, but they tell us that we are following an unbalanced diet. Consult a doctor for advice.

Remember that there are many dietary supplements to improve skin health. We recommend you simply try to improve your diet, to make it more complete and balanced, and to avoid these small problems.

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