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How Can I Lighten My Skin
Lighten sunburn: Is this a recent burn? If so let the area heal and with time there should be fading. There are products that can lighten skin. You should use sunblock and stay out of the sun, too, ...Read more
Protect skin: For lighter skin – always protect your skin. 1. Use a broad spectrum sun screen with a high SPF. Apply as often as needed. 2. Wears hat or other clothing to protect skin from Sun’s UV rays. 3. Try to avoid mid-day sun. A medication like hydroquinone may take months to work and usually it’s use would be limited to a particular site on the body. ...Read more
Depends upon cause: Address what's causing the disocoloration first. If its acne, address that. Short term use of hydroquinone (prescription) may help even skin color, but many times simply taking better care of the skin (addressing the disease process causing the discoloration, hydrating the skin as well) takes care of this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Probably not: Question-why do you need to lighten your skin? Have you had major changes in your skin color or texture? If so, you may have underlying medical problems and should see a doctor. Some medical conditions show up in the skin, like an adrenal problem. Medications, like chemotherapy can cause skin color changes. If you want skin lightening for cosmetic reasons only, self-image may be a bigger problem. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Photo rejuvenation: Using light energy, many red blotches can be reduced or eliminated. It take a series of treatments but is very successful and has minimal down time. If you have a natural darker skin type, you may need to pre-treat your skin with a bleaching cream in advance. ...Read more
Less tan: For lighter skin – always protect your skin. 1. Use a broad spectrum sun screen with a high SPF. Apply as often as needed. 2. Wears hat or other clothing to protect skin from Sun’s UV rays. 3. Try to avoid mid-day sun. A medication like hydroquinone may take months to work and usually it’s use would be limited to a particular site on the body. ...Read more
Acne: Don't wash your face with body soap. Also don't use alcohol or comedogenic products on your face. Try to find an acne wash system like neutrogena or something with benzoyl peroxide. Following low sodium diet might help too, since acne-causing bacteria like salt. You can try to prevent spreading bacteria onto your face by not touching your face, washing your phone, etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Managing acne: This is a long-term task as there is no cure until acne remits on its own. If you have scars, you'll need prescription strength treatment as well as a topical agent like benzoyl peroxide. You cannot remove your scars, but a plastic surgeon or dermatologist can help with them. I'm sorry you got the scars because all acne can and should be managed early. Best wishes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It may be simple: hyperpigmentation, a relatively benign concentration of the skin pigment melanin. Acanthosis nigracans is hyperpigmentation, often in body folds such as armpit/axilla, possibly inherited and associated with glandular conditions including obesity, diabetes, thyroid disease. Consider seeing a Dermatologist for diagnosis. Prescription strength hydroquinone is available. Carefully review OTC products ...Read more
Unwanted red, brown: Hello Doc, A treatment options is IPL, intense light energy. Usually, you would need 5-8 treatments depending on how severe your problem is and your expectations. A topical bleaching cream may be a part of your treatment protocol. You can see a Board certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist in your area. ...Read more
Body hydration: Make sure you stay adequately hydrated by following the general rule of thumb: "drink eight 8 ounce glasses of water daily". Adjust your fluid intake during exercise and during activities that increase perspiration. Skin protection with proper SPF CONTAINING lotions during outside activity is beneficial. Using a good quality lotion when skin feels dry (Eg., Eucerin™) is helpful. Avoid hot shower ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Melanin reduction: Civant skin care has been in business for several years and their product meladerm is the most widely known skin lightener on the market. The formula has the strongest available concentrations of ingredients for over-the-counter use and is recommended by professionals worldwide. ...Read more
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