White spots on the skin can appear for a wide variety of reasons, ranging from eczema to albinism. The technical word for white spots is hypopigmentation and it occurs when melanocyte cells in the skin become damaged. Melanocyte cells are specialized cells distributed throughout the top layer of our skin (epidermis) responsible for producing melanin, the pigment that gives our skin color. When these cells become damaged by injuries, burns, infections or other conditions, they can stop producing melanin and leave white spots and patches as a result.
We typically think of skin lesions showing up on our face, arms or trunk, but in some cases, lesions can show up on our legs. Many skin conditions can affect several different areas of the body and some even favor the legs. Below we list the most common lesions that appear on the lower limbs and their common symptoms to help you identify them.
Most common? Eczema. Next to having moles on your legs, that is.
Next step? Make sure to self-check your skin to find out more about your skin type, and get risk indications.
The biggest cause of melanoma is ultra violet radiation from the sun. This being the case, the areas of our bodies most often exposed to the sun’s rays are at the greatest risk. Our arms are one of these areas, and they’re a part of our body we should take precautions to protect and should be vigilant about checking, along with everywhere else on our body. While melanoma comes in many variations, there are some common signs and symptoms we should all look out for to catch melanoma early.
About 6% of all melanomas do not display the typical features. Amelanotic melanoma presents itself as a colorless melanoma due to a lack of melanin. For many of us, the ABCDEs of melanoma are synonymous with detection and prevention but amelanotic melanoma often defies this prevention method.