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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.?

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 more

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How to lighten up the dark scars on my skin?

How to lighten up the dark scars on my skin?

Scar Treatments: Depending on how old they are you may benefit from bleaching creams, steroid injections, silicone gel, lasers or additional surgery. Consult with a physician who specializes in scarring to discuss the best options for you. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use Maderma scar lightening gel to lighten the dark skin around the anus? I have so much left over and don't have any scars to put it on

Is it safe to use Maderma scar lightening gel to lighten the dark skin around the anus? I have so much left over and don't have any scars to put it on

Probably: It may be ok but not sure what your goal is. This will get dark again. There are places that would do that blanching and probably last longer. Is this something that just happened or all your life. Let me know. Thanks ...Read more

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Hi docs, can you tell me if skin lightening creams are safe for acne scars?

Hi docs, can you tell me if skin lightening creams are safe for acne scars?

Not for scars: The hyperpigmentation that follows the acut lesions and lasts for a few weeks or months may respond to a hydroquinone skin lightener, though you may disfigure yourself if you're not careful. It's better to get your disease under control. Topical benzoyl peroxide is your best friend, and your physician may be able to add something if it's not sufficient. ...Read more

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How could I get rid of dark ugly scars on my skin, any tips?

How could I get rid of dark ugly scars on my skin, any tips?

A few options: Skin bleaching with various agents or peels may help as well as resurfacing techniques depending on he exact nature of the discoloration which may benefit from glycolic acids peels, hydroquinone, kojic acids, etc. Ipl, lasers or microdermabrasion or dermabrasion are also options, avoid sun exposure while being treated. ...Read more

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How can one lighten up dark scars on skin?

How can one lighten up dark scars on skin?

Avoid sun & bleach: Avoiding sun exposure and inflammation as well as the use of peeling/bleaching agents commonly containing a combination of steroids, retinoids, and hydroquinone are the most commonly utilized treatments. On o casino chemical peels, resurfacing, laser treatments, ipl and fractionated therapy may be also used. ...Read more

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What's a good way to cure dark 'scars' on skin?

What's a good way to cure dark 'scars' on skin?

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

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I am black and in the summer my skin gets darker than I would like so is there some lightening cream or something that can lighten my skin?

I am black and in the summer my skin gets darker than I would like so is there some lightening cream or something that can lighten my skin?

Yes: First of all in order not to get as dark, you should if possible lessen then sun exposure with proper clothing and sunscreens.
If there are areas that are way to dark, hydroquinone can be prescribed by your doctor.
Good luck from nyc. ...Read more

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What is the best cream for lightening dark skin?

What is the best cream for lightening dark skin?

Nothing is great.: 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

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How do I prevent a scar from getting darker in the sun? It gets darker a lot faster then the other part of the skin

How do I prevent a scar from getting darker in the sun? It gets darker a lot faster then the other part of the skin

No Sun: It is common for scars to get darker in the sun, especially during the first year of healing. I instruct my patients to avoid direct sun for the first year of healing. Sun avoidance, sun block and protective clothing all help. Bleaching creams and treatments to lighten the scar may not always be effective, so in this case, prevention really is the best medicine. ...Read more

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I left astringent on my skin overnight, it left a smooth flat dark mark, what do I do, will it go away, will it scar?

I left astringent on my skin overnight, it left a smooth flat dark mark, what do I do, will it go away, will it scar?

Hyperpigmentation: Postinflammatory hyperpigmentation (pih) is a frequently encountered problem and represents the sequelae of various cutaneous disorders as well as therapeutic interventions. This acquired excess of pigment can be attributed to various preceding disease processes that affect the skin such as infections, allergic reactions, mechanical injuries, reactions to medications, phototoxic eruptions, trauma. ...Read more

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is skin lightening cream recommened for darker skin?

Medical question?: I suspect that this is more a social-political question given that you are from India rather than a medical question. Any medication used for that purpose can have its adverse consequences. ...Read more

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Can u suggest any cream for skin lightening, with less side effects? My face is darker than my body bcoz of constant exposure to sun.

Can u suggest any cream for skin lightening, with less side effects? My face is darker than my body bcoz of constant exposure to sun.

Sunblock moisturizer: Many people use over-the-counter moisturizers that contain sunscreen. Avoiding exposure to the sun will let skin lighten up. However, one should take extra vitamin d to make up for not getting vitamin d from the sun. Although having tanned skin from sun exposure is not a medical illness, there are a few uncommon hormonal medical conditions that can cause skin darkening. ...Read more

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My skin color is dark.. ..there is no any other prblm...plz recommend me some or skin lightening procedure...&also some natural way?

My skin color is dark.. ..there is no any other prblm...plz recommend me some or skin lightening procedure...&also some natural way?

Those medications: Which which depigment the whole body is dangerous to the body, only indication is for vitalize, where most of the skin is de-pimented only few patchy pigmented areas did not. Only natural way is stay out of sun. Same with skin lightening creams. ...Read more

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Severely scratched some mosquito bites years ago which left scars that now look like darker patches of skin. Is there way 2 reduce that discoloration?

Hyperpigmentation: This kind of hyperpigmentation, or increased pigment production, will fade with time. Use sunscreen, to prevent them from staying dark. A dermatologist may have other options. I am also very concerned by the other conditions that you listed. Please, please talk to your parents, a school counselor or a help line ASAP!! There are so many ways and so many people, out there, to help you feel better! ...Read more

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Please tell me what skin lightening cream is better for a dark skin person?

Please tell me what skin lightening cream is better for a dark skin person?

None of them: Just don't do it. In the US, where the world's trends are set, trying to change your natural color is considered the height of ignorance. Looking good is about physical fitness and self care, not skin shade. These chemicals can disfigure you -- Muchael Jackson had only a mild case and he looked awful. Embrace what nature gave you, get / stay fit and trim, and be proud of yourself. ...Read more

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I have dark scars on my back from an injury. I fell. The scars are dark. I just want my skin color to come back.

I have dark scars on my back from an injury. I fell. The scars are dark. I just want my skin color to come back.

Dark Scars: The dark color in a scar may be due to sun exposure while the scar was still healing or could be due to foreign particles embedded in the skin eg. Abrasion injuries from asphalt cause traumatic tatooing. See a dermatologist or plastic surgeon to check out your treatment options. ...Read more

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I'm 31 and have dark skin where my beard grows from years of shaving. Is there any way of lightening my skin? I hear something about lemons helping.

I'm 31 and have dark skin where my beard grows from years of shaving. Is there any way of lightening my skin? I hear something about lemons helping.

Dark Skin Treatment: There are a number of topical agents that can help with hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin). Glycolic acid, tretinoin, hydroquinone, low strenght steroids, vitamin c, and Azelaic Acid are all commonly used. Chemical peeling agents are also used-- often with salicylic acid, glycolci acid or jessner's solution.
I have never used lemons, but they do contain alpha-hydroxy acids- so who knows! ...Read more

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Why is the skin around my chin darker than the rest of my face? It's been that way since puberty and lightening it just causes it to become dark again

Why is the skin around my chin darker than the rest of my face? It's been that way since puberty and lightening it just causes it to become dark again

Hirsutism?: Do you also have excessive hair that is more than your peers? It could be due to elevated levels of male hormones in your system giving it a darker appearance than the rest of your face.
Google Female Hirsutism and see if you have similar symptoms and seek help with GYN ...Read more

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I got a large burn about two months ago & have tan skin. It's starting to scar over finally & it looks dark brownish. What can I do to minimize scarring?

I got a large burn about two months ago & have tan skin. It's starting to scar over finally & it looks dark brownish. What can I do to minimize scarring?

You can use growth: Factors, and lighteners to help with scar and hyperpigmentation, but it is best to see dermatologist for treatment (lasers, peels) to make scar disappear and the sooner the better:) ...Read more

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Skin around mouth is dark following inflammation what is the best lightening cream?

See your doctor: Your doctor can write a prescription for this or have it compounded. If you still have an underlying inflammation your doctor needs to treat the cause and help you prevent this. Your skin may hyperpigment from any inflammation or injury and you may want to discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

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Scar on forehead where to go and who to see for help to remove car accident, dark skin

Scar on forehead where to go and who to see for help to remove car accident, dark skin

Many options: There are many different ways to try to improve the appearance of scars. The best place to start is with a consultation with a dermatologist or plastic surgeon who can review the expected results with skin care, resurfacing procedures, injections or surgical techniques. Unfortunately this is often a difficult problem and you need to go in with the expectation of improvement, not perfection. ...Read more

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My skin is leaving dark marks after a minor scar or even after a heat boil.. Am I having any defeciency?

My skin is leaving dark marks after a minor scar or even after a heat boil.. Am I having any defeciency?

No: Skin trauma can leave behind hyperpigmentation, another term for darker areas of skin. The best way to prevent this is to not irritate any skin trauma. To help the marks that are already there, avoid the sun. There are also several prescription medications that can help fade dark spots. But it does mean that you have a deficiency of anything. ...Read more