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under my eyes will not tan, it had just started a few years

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under my eyes will not tan, it had just started a few years ago. Can you tell me what this is and what
I can do about it
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Stan replied 7 years ago.
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It is likely that there is relatively low melanin pigments in the skin under your eyes due to sunburn or other cause. This can be caused by autoimmune conditions in which the reaction of the immune cells produce antibodies that block the production of melanin in area. There are variations of trace vitiligo that show as subtle inability to tan in some area of the skin.

I suggest that you follow-up with your dermatologist for closer evaluation to exclude any underlying system autoimmune problem by testing for ANA, TSH, ESR, C-reactive protein, and; if possible take a small sample (biopsy) of your affected skin. In addition, your eye doctor (ophthalmologist) should evaluate your eyes closely for inflammation in your eye (uveitis) which may this as a manifestation of autoimmune disorder. This will enable your doctor design effective treatment.

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