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August 1983

Bindi Depigmentation

Author Affiliations

Division of Dermatology Department of Medicine Moti Lal Nehru Medical College Allahabad, UP India

Arch Dermatol. 1983;119(8):629. doi:10.1001/archderm.1983.01650320003003

To the Editor.—  Bindi is a cosmetic used by Indian women on the forehead to enhance their appearance. Recently, the use of self-sticking bindis has become a common fashion. These consist of a plastic material with adhesive on one side. This report deals with depigmentation caused by these bindis.

Report of Cases.—  Ten female patients had depigmentation at the site of bindi application (Fig 1), while three patients had associated depigmentation at other sites. One patient had leukoderma on the left wrist and in both postauricular areas. On the wrist, the depigmentation site corresponded to the wearing of a plastic watch strap, and in the retroauricular region it developed at the site of contact with the frame of her spectacles. Another patient had depigmentation on the dorsa of the feet, corresponding to the rubber straps of her slippers. The third patient had depigmentation on the left elbow.All patients were

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