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Is It Possible For Your General Skin Color To Change Over Time
Not permanently: If you're talking about lightening creams, their effects are temporary. ...Read more
Hi, I am having naturally black skin, can I use benoquin (monobenzone) lightly to change skin color?
Yes: But that will be an enormous project for little or no satisfaction. Use your time & energy for something that will actually benefit you or someone else. ...Read more
Depends: If you have had a previous burn or sun damage you may get skin color change. Most of the time the melanin in your skin is reacting to what injured it (radiation, sun , fire, etc). If your skin is blue it usually means you are not getting enough oxygen, if it is red you are possibly flush either due to heat or dehydration. Sun damage can also cause loss of color in spots on the limbs. ...Read more
Few modalities: There are some topical medicines like hydroquinone and tretinoin, chemical peels and depigmenting agents. Lasers are also being employed, but only over a short area. Getting full body skin lightening is currently not possible. Rather than mess around with treatments at home - i'd probably go straight to a dermatologist and discuss options with them. ...Read more
Normal.: In most cases, it means she's normal. During pregnancy a hormone called melanocyte stimulating hormone (msh) is produced in increased levels, which will often cause the skin to darken. (in some women, only moles darken.) after you deliver the baby, msh levels go back to normal, and over time your skin color will usually go back to normal as well. ...Read more
Eczema changes: Eczema may cause skin changes including thickening or discoloration. It may take up to a year for skin to become normal as new skin regenerates. Moisturizing may help this. However, skin discoloration may be persistent. Other secondary causes of skin discoloration with eczema may need to be looked at (infection or topical medications). Best to discuss with your dermatologist. ...Read more
How can I get my skin color back ? It changed a lot a it's darker than before ! i can't apply sunscreen on it because my skin will be grayish & i'm 17
Can't answer: You are 17 years old and a minor, and unfortunately i cannot answer your question. Please have one of your parents submit the question - sorry. ...Read more
Skin bleaching: Your skin color is determined by your genetic family background, and by how much sun you are exposed to. Some people have naturally dark skin, while others have lighter skin, and this fact is based alot on what part of the world your ancestors came from. If you want lighter skin, you must not get any sun at all, and you can buy bleaching creams to try to make the skijn lighter. ...Read more
Normal variant: Some people tan very quickly; others never tan at all; and most of us are somewhere in between. It's a normal variation among individuals. The fact that you tan so fast is a good thing, in that your body is reacting more quickly than normal in an effort to protect your skin from sun damage, thereby reducing your risk of skin cancer, among other things. But you should still apply a sunscreen daily. ...Read more
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