what is Poikiloderma of Civatte?

Poikiloderma of Civatte refers to erythema associated with a mottled pigmentation and dilation of the fine blood vessels (telangiectasia)usually seen on sun exposed areas like cheeks and sides of the neck.


The exact cause of Poikiloderma of Civatte is unknown, some contributing factors that have been identified are:

■ Chronic sun exposure to ultravoilet lights is thought to be main contributing factor as it most commonly occurs on sun exposed areas.
■ Photosensitizing agents in perfumes and cosmetics.
■ Hormonal changes associated with low estrogen level or menopause have been suspected as it usually occurs in mid-age or old age groups women.
■ Some research have also suggested genetic inheritance .



Some types of laser therapy like IPL may improve the appearance of this condition.


But if you want to use skincare then I would make sure you are using a sunscreen and antioxidant daily to help prevent this condition from occurring or worsening.

With regards to treatment then using Pigment lightening products may help with the discolouration (kojic acid, azelic acid, licorice, sabi white ,mulberry & Skin brightening peptides)

Another product that maybe worth looking at is NEOVA DNA Total Repair – It’s a product to help with photodamaged skin

If you are suffering more with redness and irritation then you can use Medik8 red alert serum or Skinceuticals Redness Neutralizer

Also long term use of Exfoliating products like AHA’s and Retinols may help fade the discolouration.

Avoid all other cosmetics and perfumes on affected areas.