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Poikiloderma is a skin condition that "consists of areas of increased and decreased pigmentation, prominent blood vessels, and thinning of the skin."
Poikiloderma is most frequently seen on the chest or the neck, characterized by red colored pigment on the skin that is commonly associated with sun damage.
It is a condition that may present a cosmetic nuisance, yet it poses no health risks on its own.
The exact cause of poikiloderma is unknown; however, extended sun exposure, namely the ultraviolet light emitted by the sun, is the primary factor.
Albeit difficult, treatment of poikiloderma involves the delivery of multiple wavelengths of intense pulsed light (IPL) to the affected area.
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