Can I completely remove cafe au lait birthmarks with a cream?Skin, Hair & Nails Aesthetic Medicine
I am a 24 year old female who has a cafe au lait birthmark. It grew when I was a young child, and has very gradually spread when I was a teenager. I used to apply a facial cream on the spot to lighten the birthmark and it worked for some time. I am wondering if it is possible to use over the top counter creams that promise to lighten spots/pigmented skin (such as Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Serum) to make my birthmark's pigmentation less obvious, or completely remove it.
Thank you for the question. Cafe au lait macules are birth marks which present as hyperpigmented brownish patches. Cafe au lait is a french term for 'coffee-with-milk", which reflects the colour of these lesions, which can range from light to dark brown.
Cafe au lait macules are harmless and do not turn cancerous. However, topical treatments are generally not effective to ligthen or remove these lesions. Even with laser treatment, cafe au lait macules can be challenging to treat as multiple treatments are usually needed and there is a risk of recurrence after treatment.
Dr Colin Theng
MBBS, MRCP, MMED (Fam. Med), FAMS
Mount Alvernia Medical Centre D
820 Thomson Road #07-61
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