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Do Freckles Fade
A freckle is a small brown spot on your skin, caused by sun exposure. Use your abcde's to tell the difference between a freckle and skin cancer. A=asymmetry. B=border [irregular]. C=color [irregular]. D=diameter [larger than a pencil eraser]. E=evolving [change in color, size, height, new symptoms like bleeding, itching or crusting]. These are danger signs that ...Read more
Multiple factors: Scars can get darker in people following a recent surgery or injury and a/ unprotected exposure to sun. B/ hormonal imbalance in some patients due to disease or side effect of medication. C/ darker skinned people - fitzpatrick skin types 5 & 6 and sometimes 4. D/ infections/chronic irritation of site can also induce darker scars to form. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Peel,laser, rx cream: Prescriptin creams with a blend of tretinoin , hydroquinone and steroid can lighten dark areas, and for facial darkness medium chemical peel works well. Laser either fractionated or q switched nd yag or alex can lighten dark areas.See dermatologist for treatment options. ...Read more
Options: You cannot erase scars. Poor scars can be improved through the following methods: 1) scar massage 2) silicone sheeting (a kind of silicone tape you where over the scar) 3) steroid injections 4) laser treatment (helps remove coloring) 5) scar revision (removing the scar and starting over). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hydroquinone: A skin bleach may work. I'd urge you not to try it. You may make a mess, and the dark spots do fade with time. The key is to manage your active lesions. Actual depressed scars require a specialist's care. Best wishes. ...Read more
Acne: Try using virgin coconut oil as a moisturizer to remove red marks. ...Read more
Yes,: Tan lasts longer in a person with naturally dark complexion. If you wish to reduce the tan, use sunscreen and avoid sun exposure. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Waxing burns are usually superficial and tend to fade with time. If needed, you can use an over-the-counter or prescription fading cream that contains hydroquinone as its active ingredient. Be sure to use sunscreen also, as sun makes dark marks darker. If you are using a retinoid (prescription) or retinol, be sure to stop it at least 3 days before waxing or request hard wax to prevent burns. ...Read more
Fade on their own. : With time they will fade on their own. They may not completely go away though. There are medicated creams and such which can be helpful in bleaching scars. Try to see your provider or a dermatologist who can discuss some options for you. ...Read more
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