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Moles On 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
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
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. ...Read more
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
Yes: I have used ViPeel extensively on dark skin and it is effective and safe. ...Read more
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
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!
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
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
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
Effective: It can be effective but more sessions deeded and more complications can happen. ...Read more
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 ›
Healthtap doctors: Are asked not to endorse specific brands or product lines. ...Read more
Send photo: Could be multiple things: a tan, Addison's disease, Lupus or other autoimmune issues. Send us a photo to help. ...Read more
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?
What's the best way to get rid of dark spots and bumps on your bikini line for the african american skin?
African american female have dark scars from a injury. What can I use to lighten the scars or get my skin color back?
Have you tried...: A hydroquninone "lightening" cream? Speak to your local dermatologist about it. ...Read more
I have a tattoo that reads on the side of my wrist. I am an african american female looking to get it removed. Is it possible for brown skin?
How do I lighten my skin about 2 shades naturally I'm african American Ps. Don't say stuff like love the skin your in that doesn't answer my question?
Seek dermatologist: Laser hair treatments for dark skin including African American skin can be safely performed with certain lasers at the right settings. Seek out a dermatologist who is experienced with treating ethnic and darker skin types. Typically a diode laser and Yag lasers have the correct wavelength for treating darker skin. Avoid ipl or medical spas without doctor supervision. ...Read more
Yes: Must go to a trained professional with a lot of experience in persons of color. THe lasers that would be safest for you are the YAG and the 910 diode like lightsheer ...Read more
Do your skin peel with a light chemical peel? I'm trying to get rid of hyperpigmentation but only want a light peel. I'm African American
Yes it does: Yes it peels and that is why it is called peel. The chemicals used cause peeling of superficial skin layer. I don't know why you want to go through peel I suggest you consult a Dermatologist for your skin condition as there are other modalities available like Lasers and some creams which may be better option for your skin problem. We don't know how old you are&skin condi ...Read more
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