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How Can You Tell If An African American Baby Has Jaundiced Skin
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
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).
I'm African American. As a baby/toddler I had light skin. Now I'm 19 & my skin is darker brown. I didn't go in sun much as a kid. How'd this happen?
Send photo: Could be multiple things: a tan, Addison's disease, Lupus or other autoimmune issues. Send us a photo to help.
No: Except you must rest from it every few months. Continuous use over many months may result in a paradoxical darker skin.
I have a 4 year old african american daughter who constantly scratches the top of her head because it itches. What can we use that won't cause dryness?
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 2 more doctor answers
Yes: I have used ViPeel extensively on dark skin and it is effective and safe.
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.
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. . .
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.
Effective: It can be effective but more sessions deeded and more complications can happen.See 1 more doctor answer
Bleaching: Hydroquinone prescribed by a physician or dermatologist.
How long does it take a minor scar to return to normal skin color? My scar is pink and I am african american so I want the scar to be brown.
Scars: Scars can be life-long.Get a more detailed answer ›
Are Fruit acid peels effective & safe for light hyperpigmentation on African American skin? It would be my first peel so I want to make sure.
? %Fruit acid peels: Depends upon the strength in %.Get a more detailed answer ›
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