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How Do I Lighten Dark Skin
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
Lightening skin: A number of things can lighten skin. It really depends on what your particular problem may be. Hydroquinone is a common bleaching substance and retinoids (prescription meds or otc compounds) can also cause some lightening. Your dermatologist can help you find out what might be best for you. ...Read more
You : You can use prescription or otc bleaching creams suggest to use at night. Just make sure to use sun screen daily! ...Read more
Spray tan!: If you are an albino, spray tan is the only way to get darker skin, but if you are pale or a redhead, then you may burn rather than tan, so you too would be best off getting a spray tan and using a high spf sunblock at the beach. If you have normal pigmentation and tan easily, then of course this is one way to darken your skin color, but only by increasing your risk of wrinkles and skin cancers. ...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
Lighten and Smooth: The first thing to do would involve exfoliation to get the dead surface skin cells off and to increase epidermal turnover. Tretinoin or retin a (tretinoin) at appropriate doses is an excellent way to do this. As the skin is exfoliated and "trained" to turn over rapidly it probably will get lighter on its own. If not a medication called hydroquinone can decrease pigmentation in the skin. ...Read more
Skin tone: is mostly genetically determined. Methods to avoid sun exposure such as applying sunscreen 30 minutes prior to exposure and re-applying every 4 hours can help maintain the fairest skin possible for you. Look for a sunscreen that is 'non-comedogenic' to help prevent more outbreaks. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Hydroquinone: One of the most effective treatments for 'skin stains', or darkening of the skin after acne, is hydroquinone. It is available without a prescription in 2% strength and should be applied twice daily to the dark spots only, not the surrounding normal skin. Some formulations contain glycolic acid, which help as well. It often takes 6 or more weeks to see any improvement. ...Read more
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
They are probably: not scars, you need prescription meds to clear your spots ...Read more
Several ways: You can use an exfoliating wash and loofah. Also moisturizing with a lotion that contains alpha-hydroxy. Many patients forget to treat their body as gentle as the face. For the face, using products that even out the skin tone such as nivea or oil of olay. Also drinking more water, eating right and even taking omega3 fa supplemnts. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My face and neck is so darker than my body.. I am using skin lightening cream.. And sometimes cleanser, toner and moisturizer..No use. Please help.
Sunscreen: If the darker areas are on the face and neck, sun is the most likely cause. You need an excellent sunscreen with SPF of about 50. I suggest looking for zinc or titanium oxide in the ingredients for the best results. If you avoid the sun and wear sunscreen every single day, your skin should gradually even out. ...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
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