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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
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?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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?
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