Kenneth Beer, M.D. is a board-certified dermatologist and dermatopathologist in Palm Beach, Fla., and the director of, an online skincare company. He is also the director of The Cosmetic Bootcamp, which trains physicians in best practices for cosmetic medicine. Dr. Beer is an instructor in dermatology at the University of Miami, and he is an A.B. Duke Scholar at Duke University. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and received his dermatology and dermatophathology training at the University of Chicago. Visit Dr. Beer's office at

How Can I Prevent White Spots?

Monday, 04 October 2010 01:59 PM

Question: You addressed dark splotches in a previous post, but not white spots. I have heard that they are caused by a loss of pigmentation of the skin. I live in Florida � and I�m in the sun a lot � but no matter how much sunscreen, I seem to be getting more spots. Can you help?

Dr. Beer�s Answer:

White spots can be caused by lack of pigment (vitiligo), fungus, or other diseases such as lupus. It is important to discover the reason the pigment has disappeared so that the treatment is correct and also so that other associated problems may be detected.
If you are getting little blotches of white spots on your legs, it is likely that you got a lot of sun when you were younger and the pigment is simply dropping out. There is not a lot you can do for this. Whatever the cause, please use SPF 50 products to protect the skin.

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