Riehl melanosis treated successfully with q-switch Nd: Yag laser

Joanne E. Smucker, Joslyn S. Kirby

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Riehl melanosis is a rare cause of skin hyperpigmentation that typically occurs on the face and neck and is characterized by the rapid onset of gray-brown reticular pigmentation. It is theorized to be a pigmented contact dermatitis or a lichenoid immune reaction that may be caused by intrinsic as well as extrinsic factors. Treatment is challenging; laser and intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy is a common treatment for other pigmented skin conditions. IPL has been reported twice for the treatment of Riehl melanosis and we report a case of Riehl melanosis successfully treated with q-switched Nd:YAG after proving recalcitrant to IPL treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)356-358
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Drugs in Dermatology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Dermatology


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