It's hyperpigmentation as a result of using an oil-based perfume and exposing my skin to the sunlight.
It's been 2.5 years since I posted the original pictures. My skin has lightened up, but the spots are still there. Fortunately, I have long hair so people don't even notice these spots. I think in another 2 to 4 years, my neck will clear up completely.View Thread
Here are my results after 3 chemical peels. The 2 dark spots on the sides of my neck have lighten up compared to previous pictures and the spots on my neck have faded away a lot. It's going to take several months (if not another year or so) for these spots to go away.
I will continue to post pictures of my neck every now and then to show progress.
Airforce1: I have Berloque Dermatitis. I just started getting chemical peels for it. I had my 2nd chemical peel just a couple of days ago. The top layer of my skin has been burned off and currently very flaky. It looks like it is working, but I'm waiting for another week to see how my skin heals. I will post another picture of what my neck looks like in another week or so. I want to help people that have been in my situation.
I completely understand how you feel about the dermatologist giving you the go around. The first dermatologist I went to did the same thing....she didn't take me seriously at all. All she said was that it was post inflammatory hyperpigmentation. I find most medical doctors don't really care....your just a number. It took me 1 whole year of my OWN research to determine what I have and how I got it.
So I finally figured out what these dark spots are a result from. I have Berloque Dermatitis. Berloque dermatitis is a skin condition characterized by a deep brown pigmentation, with no preceding redness in the areas where it appears. This condition is actually a reaction to the application of essential oils, such as those found in perfumes and cosmetics.
I purchased a homemade bottle of perfume back in 2011 from an arts & crafts festival. The perfume contained a specific type of oil that, when coming in contact with the sun, caused these dark spots on my neck.
I'm currently getting chemical peels and using a pigment brightening cream as well as using SPF 30 sunblock on my neck. I'm waiting to see if my skin gets better in the next 12 to 16 weeks. If it doesn't, then I'll try laser treatment.
Here is more information about Berloque Dermatitis:
I'm now looking into getting laser treatment done to remove these dark spots on my neck. Specifically, I'm looking into fractionated CO2 laser surgery. It is expensive, but if it works, then it would be worth the cost. View Thread
Thanks! I tried that, but it didn't work. Now my neck is very red from scratching at the dark spots. It's been over 1 year now and they are still there. I had my A1C test taken again last month and the doctor ruled out diabetes again. My blood sugar level was also well within normal range.
Someone on here mentioned using aloe and buying the product Pure Korean Ginseng. I did all that, but the spots are STILL there no matter what I do. They haven't gotten any darker, but they haven't gotten any lighter either.
These dark spots on my neck have ruined my life! I can't date anyone because of how ugly my neck looks. I'm constantly wearing turtle necks and scarves to cover up the spots. No man is going to want to marry me because of my dark spots. I'm very depressed.View Thread
The skip biopsy came back negative. No fugus, no cancerious cells, etc. The doctor said it's just dark pigment and there's no medical cure for it. I've been using heavy skin cream to cover up the dark spots (the same kind of cream that is used to cover up tattoos). It's frustrating, but all the doctor said that these spots will very slowly fade away...but that it will take a few years.View Thread
Thank you for your input! I met with the dermologist this morning and got a skin biopsy. The doctor said it would take 1 to 2 weeks to get the results back. Unfortunately, I wasn't too impressed with her. I actually had to suggest that we do a skin biopsy. She said that because I am of Asian ethnicity, that it is not uncommon to have dark spots on my neck. I really don't buy her excuse and I wish she took me more seriously.
Anyway, as you can see from the latest picture, the dark spots have gotten worse since my previous post almost 1 month ago. I really hope I am not forever scared like this. I also have some discoloration at the corners of my mouth and chin.