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How can you tell if an african american baby has jaundiced skin?

How can you tell if an african american baby has jaundiced skin?

Jaundice: It is sometimes difficult to ascertain the presence of jaundice by looking at the skin only. We look at the sclera (the white part of the eye) to assess for the presence and the degree of jaundice in these babies. ...Read more

Jaundice (Definition)

Jaundice is the accumulation in the body of bilirubin. Normally it is excreted by the liver, via the bile. For a lot of different reasons, sometimes the bilirubin can accumulate. The most common reasons are a problem with the liver or the bile duct. This can make the skin and/or the whites of the eyes turn yellow. If this occurs, see your ...Read more


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Are most African-American babies born with pale, light-skin, like myself? Does this very light skin color change and can it change to very dark skin?

Are most African-American babies born with pale, light-skin, like myself? Does this very light skin color change and can it change to very dark skin?

Not necessarily.: African - American babies are not necessarily light skin at birth. They are more closer to their parental skin complexion and do not get darker as they grow. If a baby is light skinned, there might be light skinned individuals in the family, which is genetic but if the baby's mucous membranes are pale, he or she should be evaluated for anemia (low hemoglobin). ...Read more

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African American and I've noticed my facial skin has turned darker? What's going on?

African American and I've noticed my facial skin has turned darker? What's going on?

Send photo: Could be multiple things: a tan, Addison's disease, Lupus or other autoimmune issues. Send us a photo to help. ...Read more

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Is hydroquinone harmful to the african american skin?

Is hydroquinone harmful to the african american skin?

No: Except you must rest from it every few months. Continuous use over many months may result in a paradoxical darker skin. ...Read more

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I'm an African American I have freckles on my ankles a lil lighter than my skin complexion they're not flat surface I can feel that is that a bad thin?

I'm an African American I have freckles on my ankles a lil lighter than my skin complexion they're not flat surface I can feel that is that a bad thin?

Freckled.: A dermatologist is probably the best person to help you with your concern. I advise you to consult with a specialist. ...Read more

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I'm african american how do I even my skin tone ?

I'm african american how do I even my skin tone ?

Chemical peel: There may be areas which are darker than the rest of the face caused by hormones or acne. Retinoids such as retin a (tretinoin) and differin can slowly peel the skin and lighten the area. There is also a safe chemical peel the vi peel which can be use in all skin colors to even out the skin. It may need to be repeated in 3-12 months as necessary to maintain the effect. ...Read more

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Is vitalize peel/vipeel safe for African American skin?

Yes: I have used ViPeel extensively on dark skin and it is effective and safe. ...Read more

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Are there any benefits for a brown skin african american to use a tanning bed?

Are there any benefits for a brown skin african american to use a tanning bed?

No: Tanning beds are artificial intense uv light. Most tanning beds today are uva type, that allows tanning, but also greatly accelerates aging, wrinkles, sun spots and abnormal pigmentation. Darker skinned people who use tanning beds are not getting any benefits (maybe some extra vitamin d) but instead are accelerating aging and wrinkles and maybe even increasing their risk of getting skin cancer. ...Read more

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I am a 45 year old african american woman. I took isotretnoin (30mg tid) for 2 weeks and my facial skin darkened 3 shades. I stopped...Help!

Hyperpigmentation: What you have is postinflammatory hyper pigmentation meaning that skin irritation causes increased pigment. Isotretinoin causes increased sun sensitivity which could also cause increase in pigment in your skin.
Treatment is with prescription bleaching cream called hydroquinone. ...Read more

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I'm African American and was out in the sun a lot of for the past week. I'm darker than usual. Will I ever get back to my original skin color?

I'm African American and was out in the sun a lot of for the past week. I'm darker than usual. Will I ever get back to my original skin color?

DARKER SKIN FROM SUN: THE ANSWER IS "YES".
STAY OUT OF THE SUN AND WITHIN A FEW WEEKS (CANNOT TELL EXACTLY) YOUR ORIGINAL COLOR WILL RETURN.
NOT TO WORRY. . . ...Read more

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What are good vitamins to take for hair and skin for african american female age 20?

What are good vitamins to take for hair and skin for african american female age 20?

Healthy Diet: Increasingly, we are discovering that if you have a healthy diet, and you aren't ill, there really isn't any measurable need for vitamin supplementation. Keeping your skin moisturized and protected from the sun is a good idea. Vitamin e, iron supplements for women, and biotin are all said to be helpful, but not needed if you have a healthy diet. ...Read more

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I am an african american male with dull looking skin. What can I do?

I am an african american male with dull looking skin. What can I do?

See derm: See african american dermatologist for help with this. You might try aveeno (oatmeal) positively radiant. ...Read more

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I am african american, and I have oily bumpy skin. What brand of soaps are good?

I am african american, and I have oily bumpy skin. What brand of soaps are good?

Healthtap doctors: Are asked not to endorse specific brands or product lines. ...Read more

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I am a african american woman and I've notice that the skin on my face is starting to have a lot of light patches. Why is that?

Multiple causes: This change may represent a rash such as pityriasis alba or vitiligo. Use sensitive skin soap, moisturizers, and sunscreens only. Consult a dermatologist to evaluate and treat this. ...Read more

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I have a tattoo that reads on the side of my wrist. I am an african american female looking to get it removed. Is it possible for brown skin?

I have a tattoo that reads on the side of my wrist. I am an african american female looking to get it removed. Is it possible for brown skin?

Yes!: There are lasers that will safely and effectively remove tattoos on dark skin. Check with your plastic surgeon or dermatologist. ...Read more

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How do I lighten my skin about 2 shades naturally I'm african American Ps. Don't say stuff like love the skin your in that doesn't answer my question?

You can't: Your genetics are set. You cannot lighten your skin. The color of your skin is set deep inside by the amount of melanin your genes have programmed your skin to produce. ...Read more

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How is laser hair removal on african american or dark skin?

How is laser hair removal on african american or dark skin?

Seek dermatologist: Laser hair treatments for dark skin including African American skin can be safely performed with certain lasers at the right settings. Seek out a dermatologist who is experienced with treating ethnic and darker skin types. Typically a diode laser and Yag lasers have the correct wavelength for treating darker skin. Avoid ipl or medical spas without doctor supervision. ...Read more

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Is laser hair removal on african american or dark skin okay?

Is laser hair removal on african american or dark skin okay?

Yes: Must go to a trained professional with a lot of experience in persons of color. THe lasers that would be safest for you are the YAG and the 910 diode like lightsheer ...Read more

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Jaundice (Definition)

Jaundice is the accumulation in the body of bilirubin. Normally it is excreted by the liver, via the bile. For a lot of different reasons, sometimes the bilirubin can accumulate. The most common reasons are a problem with the liver or the bile duct. This can make the skin and/or the whites of the eyes turn yellow. If this occurs, see your ...Read more