White Spots on the Face
Answered by: Susan Eagles
Question from: Claudia
Posted on: December 17, 2006

I’ve been having problems with spots on my face, I’m 19 yrs old and of Spanish descent so the spots are white. I’ve been trying some creams but they either leave my face swollen or they burn horribly. I’m so depressed cause I don’t know what to do and I think that everyone only focuses on the spots whenever they look at me. I’ve been wondering if I take a purge and then start taking some kind of vitamin like the cod liver oil, will that in some way help, or can the gel from the aloe vera work? I’ve heard that the cat’s claw helps for the skin -- can that help me in this case?

I would appreciate the help but would like herbs that can be found in Central America.

White spots on the face can be pityriasis alba, also called seborrheic dermatitis. These are white, flaky patches on the skin, most common in childhood to young adulthood. We have answered a question about seborrheic dermatitis on our website www.richters.com . Choose Q&A from the main menu, then enter "dermatitis" for the search.

White facial spots could also be "milia", which usually appear around the eyes, eyelids and cheeks. These are keratin filled spots. Keratin is one of the proteins in the skin. You can encourage removal of these by first loosening the spots by steaming the face: pour boiling water into a large bowl on a table; ensuring that the bowl is safely placed, put a large towel over your head and the bowl, ensuring that you are not close enough to the water to scald your face; steam the face for about 5 minutes. Next, cleanse the face with an exfoliant, like crushed oatmeal mixed in water to form a paste. Rinse well with water.

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