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Does Shea Butter Fade Dark Spots
Can Palmer's cocoa butter everyone fade cream be used after using tretinion cream to help fade dark spots?
Dark spots: The vanishing cream is supposed to lighten up dark spots andcan be used after tretinion cream ...Read more
No: It does not unless color has been added ...Read more
Does shea butter cream make one darker and remove stretch marks? Or does it just maintain skin colour?
I have hyper pigmentation around my mouth/lips and a dark circle spot next to it. I have sensitive skin and I'm allergic to peanut butter or any type?
Sun block is key: Skin lighteners such as kojic acid, hydroquinone, and plant extracts should only be used if proper sun protection is used. Over the counter products are safe and generally contain 2% kojic acid which limit their effectiveness. They work by blocking the production of melanin which is the natural pigment in the skin cells. Always check with a dermatologist to make sure there are no contraindications. ...Read more
Just less contrast: Tanning is a mistake to try to cover dark spots. The dark spots can also get darker with increased pigment. Tanning just some times makes the contrast less noticeable for a short time. Address the biologic reason for the dark spots. If they are nevi, then tanning can increase the risk of skin cancer. Chemical lighteners or laser can work on certain pigmented areas. Pregnancy hormones can darken. ...Read more
Depends: Not clear on your question nor timing of the "spots." most brown spots on the chest are from sun damage and form over time. Others are harmless age spots. Some are actually dark purple blood vessel growths, which are also harmless. Occasionally, some rashes can look like dark spots. If you are worried or if they are sudden onset they should be looked at by your doctor or a dermatologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many options: There are many options including using topical creams such as bleaching creams (hydroquinone, kojic acid, elure), microdermabrasion, glycolic acid peels, salicylic acid peels, chemical peels, lasers (noninvasive lasers such as ktp laser work the best with least side-effects, ruby, alexandrite, nd:yag lasers), invasive lasers (co2, erbium, fractional co2, fraxel), ipl (intense pulsed light). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Partial treatment: True microdermabrasion versus dermabrasion does not fully extend down to the dermis where one must go to eliminate the vast majority of dark spots. However microdermabrasion may help some of the dark spots caused by superficial epidermal lesions and may help the penetration of other medications such as retin a, (tretinoin) hydroquinone, kojic acid and other bleaching agents which may lie deeper in the epiderm. ...Read more
Any medications?: Generally blood pressure medications can cause lightheadedness with sudden change in posture such as bending and straightening up. This can also cause blurred vision and spots. If it happens repeatedly review your medications with your doctor and check blood pressure in sitting and standing posture. If not on any meds you need a thorough evaluation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Fade cream!: You don't mention what the spots are from. For simple freckles (more likely in a 25 year old male) all the way to age spots in the elderly, try porcelana or ambi. Both contain the active ingredient 2% hydroquinone. Double strength is available by prescription. Give it 4 weeks, using according to the label diretions. ...Read more
Depends on the spot: Fading dark spots on dark skin is difficult and dependent on what caused the dark spot in the 1st place., how long it has been there, and where in the skin (depth) it is. Best advice is to see a dermatologist who can evaluate the pigmentary changes and help provide the best treatment options (bleaching agent, lasers, surgery, tincture of time etc.). Good luck. ...Read more