What is Morphea?

Morphea is a skin condition where the skin becomes thick and hardened because it contains too much collagen as well as other proteins. This conditions presents itself through discolored patches of skin on the chest, abdomen, arms and legs, and the back. There are several types of Morphea and each kind presents itself differently.


General Morphea

Begins as plaque on the body which increases in size and can possibly merge together.

Plaque Morphea

Is normally an oval shape with an off-white or yellowish color in the center with purple or blue around the edges. It may feel thick and wax-like.

Linear Morphea

Appears on the skin in lines. It will show itself on the arm or leg, and may possibly occur on the face.

What are the Symptoms of Morphea?

Morphea creates patches on the skin referred to as “plaques” or “lesions”. Morphea will normally start with a white-colored patch with a purple or blue outline. It might show the appearance similar to that of a bruise. It can look very different between two patients.

How is Morphea Treated?

There is no known cure for Morphea. Thankfully there are treatment options for reducing the inflammation, to stop the pain from lesions and prevent new ones from appearing.

You may be given ointment or creams to put on the skin. A dermatologist or other health professional can prescribe the best possible option as part of a comprehensive treatment plan. Regular monitoring of the condition will be necessary to ensure treatment progresses. Testing may be required to see if the Morphea has formed in the deeper parts of the tissue and skin.

Last Reviewed:
October 07, 2016
Last Updated:
August 31, 2017