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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

Dr. Coyle Connolly
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Moles (Definition)

A mole (also called a nevus) is a localized overgrowth of pigment-producing cells (melanocytes) in the skin. Most moles are benign. However, these cells can become cancerous. This is known as melanoma, ...Read more


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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

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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?

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 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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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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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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Nevi (Definition)

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