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What medication can help lighten dark skin patches caused by inherited lipodystrophy?

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Your doctor may prescribe a lotion or cream to lighten and soften dark skin patches. Over-the-counter bleaches and skin scrubs probably won't work and could irritate the skin.

From: Inherited Lipodystrophy WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

NORD Physician Guides: "Lipodystrophy Disorders."

FDA: "FDA approves Myalept to treat rare metabolic disease."

Lipodystrophy United: "About Lipodystrophy."

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center: "Lipodystrophy," "Lipodystrophy Therapies."

Genetics Home Reference: "Berardinelli-Seip congenital lipodystrophy."

KidsHealth: "Acanthosis Nigricans."

AACE Lipodystrophy Detection Consensus Statement, , January-February 2013. Endocrine Practice

Endocrine Society, Resource Room Slide Series: "Lipodystrophy: Metabolic and Clinical Aspects."

DermNet NZ: "Lipodystrophy."

Orphanet: "Berardinelli-Seip congenital lipodystrophy," "Familial partial lipodystrophy, Köbberling type," "Familial partial lipodystrophy, Dunnigan type," "Familial partial lipodystrophy associated with PPARG mutations."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on February 2, 2019

SOURCES:

NORD Physician Guides: "Lipodystrophy Disorders."

FDA: "FDA approves Myalept to treat rare metabolic disease."

Lipodystrophy United: "About Lipodystrophy."

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center: "Lipodystrophy," "Lipodystrophy Therapies."

Genetics Home Reference: "Berardinelli-Seip congenital lipodystrophy."

KidsHealth: "Acanthosis Nigricans."

AACE Lipodystrophy Detection Consensus Statement, , January-February 2013. Endocrine Practice

Endocrine Society, Resource Room Slide Series: "Lipodystrophy: Metabolic and Clinical Aspects."

DermNet NZ: "Lipodystrophy."

Orphanet: "Berardinelli-Seip congenital lipodystrophy," "Familial partial lipodystrophy, Köbberling type," "Familial partial lipodystrophy, Dunnigan type," "Familial partial lipodystrophy associated with PPARG mutations."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on February 2, 2019

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