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is it normal for a skin tone to get lighter in winter even if in the sun

A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. M. Christine Lee
27 years experience Dermatology
Yes: Even if you're getting sun during the winter, it's generally colder so most people cover up more of their body and don't spend as much time outdoors w ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Sunblock moisturizer: Many people use over-the-counter moisturizers that contain sunscreen. Avoiding excessive sun exposure will let skin lighten up. One should take extra ... Read More
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Dr. Michael Fisher
31 years experience Dermatology
Pityriasis alba: Pityriasis alba is characterized by round or oval finely scaling patches of hypopigmentation, usually on the cheeks. The lesions are sharply demarcate ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Medical Questions: Having darker or non-fair skin is not a medical condition or disease. It is the unnecessary desire to change one's skin color that is the disease her ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
25 years experience Ophthalmology
Not so much lighter : but doesn't tan as much, unless you are in high altitude, without sun protection, and not sunburning. Otherwise, you are still exposed to UVB rays and ... Read More
A 56-year-old female asked:
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
72 years experience Preventive Medicine
We were designed: To live under the sun. Uvl light is a stressor so mother nature gave us tanning that protects us from the dangers of uvl. Because we live indoors we d ... Read More
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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Miller
9 years experience Family Medicine
Vitiligo: Vitiligo is an autoimmune disease that leads to the destruction of melanocytes, the cells the produce pigment in our skin. This causes light patches i ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Lawrence Parish
57 years experience Dermatology
Use sunscreen: Covering the scar with sunscreen or clothing that diminish the sun will lessen the chances of the scar darkening.
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A female asked:
Dr. G Funari
Dr. G Funari answered
44 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
No : No one is immune from the damaging effects of the sun. Some people with dark skin, hair and eyes (fitzpatrick skin type 4) are less effected by the d ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Coyle Connolly
28 years experience Dermatology
Sun : The more sun exposure the more likely one is to develop skin cancer . Use sun protection and limit the amount of sun.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Schleimer
37 years experience Orthodontics
Yes: There are many variations in color, and it is nothing to be concerned with.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Berger
40 years experience Dermatology
Would not: Tanning worst thing you can do to skin either from sun or bulbs. Accutane makes you more sensitive to tjese rays.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Wasserman
43 years experience Allergy and Immunology
No: Reactions to the sun are not allergic. Some people get small hives when they get hot but that is unrelated to the sun, it is just a heat effect.
A 66-year-old male asked:
Dr. Peterson Pierre
23 years experience Dermatology
Tan and wrinkles: Unfortunately, they go hand in hand. An occasional tan won't hurt but if you make it a habit, expect the wrinkles to follow.
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pradeep Parihar
30 years experience Family Medicine
NML: Normal because skin is saggy there.
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Su Fairchild
23 years experience Integrative Medicine
Depends: Adequate levels of vitamin d may help some. Take d3 not d2. Also vitamin c, and consider topical liposomal glutathione.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
27 years experience Podiatry
Sure: Normal. Moisturize the skin, apply aloe. You may want to try suntan lotion before going out to avoid burns which could cause skin cancer later on...
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Layne Hermansen
Specializes in Family Medicine
Yes: It's common.
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Jackson
42 years experience Dermatology
Freckles: These become darker wth exposure to sunlight.
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Yes: Stay indoors and/or use sunscreen. Truth be told, i'd rather a lady have a bit of a suntan as it tells me (1) she spends time outdoors, probably doing ... Read More
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sewa Legha
49 years experience Medical Oncology
Yes it can: Melanoma/moles can regress spontaneously and recur. So be sure to consult a dermatologist and get proper diagnosis and appropriate treatment.
A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Melanin production: Tanning is the result of melanin production in response to ultraviolet radiation. It takes some time for the cells to make melanin.
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A 66-year-old male asked:
Dr. David Levens
38 years experience Plastic Surgery
Be cautious: The most common forms of skin cancer are related to sun exposure and the resultant cellular damage from uv light which has long term effects on the sk ... Read More
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