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Thank you for the picture. Are these places palpable ( are they elevated above the skin?), Do they itch? What is your occupation? Do they go away to be replaced by new ones?
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This appears most consistent with idiopathic livedo reticularis, a rather mild case of it actually. This is a condition in which the capillaries are dilated and the blood flow is a bit stagnant. This causes the discoloration. We do not know what causes livedo reticularis. I don't think creams or lotions will help but you can try aspirin and your physician might prescribe Trental or Dipyrimadole. However, there is no sure fire treatment for this. I would recommend an evaluation with studies to include anti-phopholipid antibiodies, platelets and ANA ( antinuclear antibodies).