POIKILODERMA OF CIVATTE
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Poikiloderma of Civatte (first described in 1923 by a French dermatologist) is a skin condition characterised by fine teleangectasie/erythrosis, irregular hyper-hypopigmentationand cutaneous atrophy (reduction in collagen in the dermis and elastosis of the dermis) of the sides of the neck and the decolletage, most frequent in females. It is caused by chronic exposure to UV rays, although sometimes the constant application of cosmetics and/or perfumes can be the most important pathogenic element, due to photosensitisation. IPL equipment can significantly improve the look of the skin, being able to treat both the vascular and the pigmentary components of the condition. A series of treatments with IPL will also cause new collagen production and a reduction in the dermal elastosis.