Recently I noticed some faint brown spots on my forehead (which were definitely not there before). I frequent a tanning salon on a weekly basis, and have done so for a number of years, so I just assumed that they were age spots (although I am only 29 years old). I went to my doctor's office to get a referral to a dermatologist and instead was diagnosed with "tinea versicolor". I was perscribed an antifungal creme and told to apply it twice daily. After doing so for a couple of weeks, I became concerned because the spots were not disappearing, as I had been told they would be. So I decided to do some online research. Turns out that tinea versicolor is quite uncommon to have on the face. Which leads me to believe that my doctor's 5 second diagnosis may be incorrect. This is not surprising since I have had many cases in the past with this particular GP where she has incorrectly diagnosed me. In fact, she proceeded to tell me that there were no such thing as "sun spots" or "age spots" that occur on the face. I was shocked, given that I had always believed there to be such a thing, and was sure this is what I was experiencing.
I have arranged to have a referral to a dermatologist for a second opinion but this will not likely occur for months, due to extreme back logs in this industry.
I don't want to do nothing in the meantime and I do not believe these spots to be tinea versicolor. What can I do? help!