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Darkening Of The Skin After Waxing Normal
Hyperpigmentation: Postinflammatory hyperpigmentation (pih) is a frequently encountered problem and represents the sequelae of various cutaneous disorders as well as therapeutic interventions. This acquired excess of pigment can be attributed to various preceding disease processes that affect the skin such as infections, allergic reactions, mechanical injuries, and reactions to medications. ...Read more
Hyperpigmentation: Waxing of any sort can cause inflammation, which in turn can cause hyper pigmentation, especially in darker skin types. Laser hair removal is a better option, you get less ingrown hairs, less chronic inflammation. Hyper pigmentation can be treated with a combination of steroids and bleaching creams. ...Read more
Sunblock: Sunblock is the cornerstone of management and prevention is the key. Once it has developed there are a variety of bleaching agents that can be used that combine varying proportions of retin-a, hydroquinone, kojic acid and topical steroids. On occasion chemical peels with glycolic acid may also help. Lastly laser resurfacing is an option but not without more risk. See your dermatologist for options. ...Read more
Tea and Skin Color:
No, drinking tea or coffee doesn't cause the pigmentation of your skin to change color.
The only things that can cause your skin to darken is a tan of course...Your family genetics and some systemic diseases. ...Read more
Does isotretinoin cause irreversible sun damage? Will it cause permanent darkening of skin due to sun exposure?
Not likely: Topical Isotretinoin is well known to cause photosensitivity (easy burning) from bright sun light exposure. This will cause temporary redness and soreness, but not permanent change. Interestingly, Isotretinoin and other so-called retinoid agents have been successfully used for years to actually help reverse chronic sun damage. ...Read more
I have not had any wax in either one of my ears for several years. Q tip always clear and I try daily. My skin is very dry. Is this normal?
No Q-tips: Cerumen or wax in the ear canal is normal and protective. It always migrates from inside to outside. Therefore, using a blunt instrument does 2 things. It pushes the wax back in and is a frequent cause of impacted wax against the ear drum. Your ears are probably dry and itchy because of the constant use of q-tips. If skin is dry a dermatologist may help. Stop using q-tips. ...Read more
Should there be any concern about definitive darkening of skin on the lower belly located only on the left side? No pain associated with but has been this way for years.
Please see below: If this is not due to excessive friction and daily minor trauma due to tight clothing, it should be evaluated. ...Read more
Slight darkening of skin around my buttocks crack. Not really itchy, but I don’t know where it came from. I am a Type 1 Diabetic who has been diagnose?
Some Darkening: Or other color differences between the buttocks and around the genitals can be normal and changes can occur with age. If this is a recent change, and because you are concerned, have it evaluated by your MD. Chances are good that it is nothing of major concern but being diabetic means you need to be diligent in watching for any changes! ...Read more
Hi I frequently have excess earwax and have had 2 irrigations in the space of 6 months. I'm having slight pain when I press down on the side of my head. Is excess ear wax normal and is there anything I can do to prevent it?
Can doxycycline cause: facial swelling, skin peeling around fingernails, mild darkening of skin on face? Took for 5 days, then stopped.
Doxycycline: This is a complicated question. Let me guide you to drugs. Com and you can then access Doxycycline and read about it yourself. Facial swelling can be due to allergic reaction. The darkening skin may be due to the sensitivity to sun induced by tetracyclines. Doubt that the skin peeling around fingernails is related, but might be part of an allergic reaction. ...Read more
Pubic darkening and pubic pimples. I'm allergic to lemon and use wax for hair removal n fair skin color.
Salicylic acid maybe: I find that salicylic acid is better for fighting razor bumps. It is a better anti-inflammatory agents. Dilute hydrogen peroxide may also help to lighten skin in this area. Bleaching agents generally consist of retin-a, triamcinolone, kojic-acid and hydroquinone but these are not recommended for the pubic area. ...Read more
Hair removal: Shaving is an option and will not make the hairs grow back thicker. Laser hair removal is an investment and requires multiple treatments but is effective for reducing dark hairs. ...Read more
Won't matter: You will get some irritation regardless.Get a more detailed answer ›
I believe that hot candle wax has discolored my skin. What could be a remedy for these unsightly marks?
Fade Cream: I would go see your dermatologist and get their opinion for a fade cream. ...Read more
No: Apple in any form is a good fruit to eat. It is good to remove the peel as it can be affected by chemical sprays! ...Read more
Simple Care best: The real question is what not to do that slows down healing. Avoid using alcohol, peroxide, hibiclens, betadine, and bleach solutions. Inflammation (red, hot, swollen, tender) is important to healing so anti-inflammatories (motrin, advil) are bad. Cover the area with a clean dressing changed every other day and protected from trauma. Antibiotics do not help healing unless it is truly infected. ...Read more
Vaseline: The best treatment is Vaseline petroleum jelly applied multiple times per day, to keep the area from drying out. If you notice any evidence of secondary bacterial infection, such as yellow crusting, apply bacitracin or polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) ointment. In the future, consider threading for facial hair removal to avoid burns to the skin. ...Read more
Common: Waxing the skin always strips some of the top most layer of epidermal skin cells as well as the unwanted hairs. This is a very common issue. A non irritative moisturizer for the skin afterwards would be a good thing to help combat this. ...Read more
Your wax was too hot: Normal waxing should only pull the hair follicle out, not take the skin with it. If the wax was too hot, it can denude, or exfoliate your skin. This can potentially lead to postinflammatory hyperpigmentation problems. It may be equivalent to having a first degree burn or worse. If it's painful or sore, you need to see a dermatologist or your PCP for further evaluation and treatment. Don't get any more waxing from this person again. ...Read more
Soak: Soak areaswith wet towel to loosen and peel off strips. ...Read more
Goosebumps and wax: Goosebumps form when we get cold because the very small muscles attached to the hair follicles contract. Waxing doesn't do that. ...Read more
Okay to wax: Yes, it is okay to wax the very fine hair on your face. It will not cause any damage but may cause redness and short-term irritation. Just plan ahead when you wax. Take a shower first, then dry your skin. You may want to avoid putting any lotions or creams on your face immediately after waxing. Let the irritation resolve first. ...Read more
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