Poikiloderma of Civatte typically occurs on the neck and, in a v-shaped distribution, on the upper chest that includes redness and a
Poikiloderma of Civatte typically occurs on the neck and, in a v-shaped distribution, on the upper chest that includes redness and a "chicken-skin" appearance.
As displayed in this image, Poikiloderma of Civatte is displayed as redness on the neck and the
As displayed in this image, Poikiloderma of Civatte is displayed as redness on the neck and the "v" of the chest in fair-skinned individuals. The red areas have prominent hair follicles creating a "chicken-skin" appearance.
This skin discoloration, due to chronic sun damage, has lacy areas of redness from dilated blood vessels.
This skin discoloration, due to chronic sun damage, has lacy areas of redness from dilated blood vessels.
This image displays an extensive area of poikiloderma of Civatte, caused by sun damage, next to an unaffected, less-exposed area under the chin.
This image displays an extensive area of poikiloderma of Civatte, caused by sun damage, next to an unaffected, less-exposed area under the chin.
This image displays a flat, pink discoloration on the neck typical of chronic sun exposure.
This image displays a flat, pink discoloration on the neck typical of chronic sun exposure.

Images of Poikiloderma of Civatte Overview (5)

Poikiloderma of Civatte typically occurs on the neck and, in a v-shaped distribution, on the upper chest that includes redness and a
As displayed in this image, Poikiloderma of Civatte is displayed as redness on the neck and the
This skin discoloration, due to chronic sun damage, has lacy areas of redness from dilated blood vessels.
This image displays an extensive area of poikiloderma of Civatte, caused by sun damage, next to an unaffected, less-exposed area under the chin.
This image displays a flat, pink discoloration on the neck typical of chronic sun exposure.

Poikiloderma of Civatte Overview

Poikiloderma of Civatte is a common, long-lasting skin condition in adults with lighter skin colors. It is thought to be caused by long-term sun exposure. Poikiloderma of Civatte appears as color changes in the skin due to sun damage to the neck and sometimes the upper-middle area of the chest.

Who's At Risk?

Poikiloderma of Civatte affects women more often than men. This condition is more common with increased age and in individuals with lighter skin colors.

Signs & Symptoms

Poikiloderma of Civatte usually affects the front and sides of the neck. The upper-middle chest is also sometimes affected. The area appears as a blotchy redness. Fine blood vessels in the skin are often seen. About half of people with poikiloderma of Civatte mention itching, burning, and flushing in the area.

Self-Care Guidelines

To help prevent this condition from occurring or worsening, use sunscreens, wear sun-protective clothing, and avoid peak sun hours (between 10 AM and 3 PM).

Treatments

Certain laser therapies can help improve the skin’s appearance. Your medical professional will also likely encourage sun-protective measures, like those noted in the Self-Care Guidelines, to prevent worsening of the condition.

Visit Urgency

Poikiloderma of Civatte is primarily a cosmetic condition that does not require treatment, but see a medical professional if you are concerned about its appearance.

References

Bolognia J, Schaffer JV, Cerroni L. Dermatology. 4th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2018.

James WD, Elston D, Treat JR, Rosenbach MA. Andrew’s Diseases of the Skin. 13th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2019.

Kang S, Amagai M, Bruckner AL, et al. Fitzpatrick’s Dermatology. 9th ed. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Education; 2019.

Disease Groups: Sun Damage

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