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Avoid sunlight : avoiding direct sunlight and tan bed are the best way. Don't use bleaching medications. Anyway, you should be happy with whatever skin tone you have. ...Read more
Skin options: For lighter skin – always protect your skin. 1. Use a broad spectrum sun screen with a high SPF. Apply as often as needed. 2. Wears hat or other clothing to protect skin from Sun’s UV rays. 3. Try to avoid mid-day sun. A medication like hydroquinone may take months to work and usually it’s use would be limited to a particular area of the body. ...Read more
Sun exposure: The less sun exposure , the lighter the skin. The usual sunscreen may not be that effective in preventing tanning even if it contains a lot of zinc or titanium. Use an umbrella or wear a wide-brim hat when outdoors may help. You can get tanned even when the light is filtered by the window glass. There are chemicals to bleach the skin but they are not natural by any means. ...Read more
Don't do it: It's unfortunate that some communities are still so backwards as to judge you by your skin color. In the usa this is considered the lowest form of ignorance & stupidity. But even if you are among such people, don't try to lighten your skin with any of the available products -- you are likely to disfigure yourself. Build and trim ur muscles instead to look good in tomorrow's more enlightened world. ...Read more
Sun screen: If you are exposed to lots of sunshine, you should wear protective clothing, and put sunscreen on all exposed areas of skin. The key to adequate skin protection is reapplying sunscreen periodically if you are going to be in the sun for extended periods of time. ...Read more
Sometimes.: Some types of chemical peels do lighten the skin in some cases. It also depends on what kind of skin you have, so we usually test a small area first to see exactly how your skin will react. It cannot be done on the whole body. See a dermatologist with experience with lots of different kinds of chemical peels. ...Read more
Both can happen: People use sunblock moisturizer. Avoiding exposure to the sun will let skin lighten up, but the color won't be lighter than one's natural untanned color. 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
You : You can use prescription or otc bleaching creams suggest to use at night. Just make sure to use sun screen daily! ...Read more
Can you explain if it's true that eating healthy and drinking lots of water makes your skin lighter and clear?
Hydrating skin: Drinking lots of water is essential component of skin care. The water you consume is essential in keeping the skin hydrated, and adequate hydration of the skin will make it lighter and clearer. Cells need water for metabolism, and keeping well hydrated is the first important step to overall good general health and skin health. ...Read more
If you had light skin but now look darker due to age (freckles and spots), can lasers get rid of the darker spots and make skin lighter?
Neither.: There is no credible scientific evidence, to the best of my knowledge, that fenugreek does either of those things. ...Read more
The only thing you eat that will change your skin color is carrots or other yellow or orange vegetables which will cause your skin to turn orange.
If you have become pale, see a doctor and have a check up you could be anemic ...Read more
SKIN VARIES IN COLOR:
IT MAY DEPEND ON HOW MUCH SUN YOU MAY BE GETTING WHERE YOU LIVE.
IS THE COLOR CHANGE ALL OVER THE BODY, OR IS IT MAINLY ON EXPOSED AREAS?
DO YOU TAKE ANY MEDICATIONS?
SOME MEDICATIONS PLUS SUN EXPOSURE CAN MAKE THE SKIN DARKER.
IF YOU ARE CONCERNED, PLEASE SEE A DERMATOLOGST ...Read more
This could be normal: It could be normal shedding of skin esp in winter months. If this persists see a doctor. Hope this helps. ...Read more
Yes: The skin is a funny organ. Any trauma, like popping a pimple, may leave the skin lighter or darker. Usually, with time, the normal skin color will return. However, it may also become permanent. Make an appointment with a dermatologist who specializes in lasers. He/she will be able to best diagnose your skin changes and possibly treat the light skin with an xtrac or fractional laser. ...Read more
Skin lightening: Exfoliation will not help you achieve a "lighter" shade of skin. Exfoliation removes the outermost layer of your skin (the stratum corneum). The pigment which results in skin color is made by melanocytes in the bottom/basal layer of the skin, and this pigment is ultimately transferred to nearby skin cells of the epidermis. Usual exfoliation does not affect these cells ...Read more
Sunblock moisturizer: Many people use over-the-counter moisturizers that contain sunscreen. Avoiding excessive sun exposure will let skin lighten up. 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, for which a doctor can evaluate. ...Read more
Healed burn skin is lighter in colour than normal skin, what can I do or put on it to make make it normal faster? The burn was on my face.
Be patient...: In general, scars (burn or other injury) can take upwards of one year to mature to their final result. They can become pink at first, then fade to the surrounding skin color. Sometimes, silicone sheeting or pads can help - but these are difficult to use on the face. There are silicone-based ointments, but they are less effective. Sun protection is a must. Be patient for now and use cover makeup. ...Read more
Can a new born that has red healthy skin get lighter? The redness on my babys skin makes her look darker.
With Time: Newborns can often look red after birth as well as during crying episodes. This color change is transient and over time skin tone normalizes. Best why to judge final skin tone color is looking at you and Dad's skin tone as kids of course take after their parents. Give it some time. ...Read more
2-3 skin tone lighter patch on the penile foreskin.About 5mm in size. What could it be? Scared! Vitiligo? A bit brownish.
Observe: If it is not painful, itchy, raised, or enlarging, just keep an eye on it. But it is associated with any of the above, consult an urologist. ...Read more
How do I know if a darker part in scar of shaved mole is a new mole or hyper pigmentation of skin? Definitely lighter than previous mole.
You don't : You should speak to the dermatologist who did the shave biopsy on you. Either he will do a repeat procedure with wider margins or just reassure you. ...Read more
I have allergic dermatitis. Last month during vacation sunbathed w/ one eczema w/ sunscreen. The rash is gone but the skin is lighter. Is it normal?
Yes: Sun exposure can decrease the severity of eczema. However, chronic exposure to the sun with or without sun burn can increase sun damage (not visible to the naked eye) and that can later lead to skin cancer. Ask your dermatologist or md for good moisturizer recommendations and for topical steroid oil or cream recommendations. This is safer that long term tanning for your eczema. ...Read more
I had a red rash after I applied some cream it went away leaving my skin a lighter skin color but now its itchy and it's turning a deep brown color?
How do I treat pimple scars that now has become uneven skin tone? At the scares im darker, while my skin is lighter. Any household treatments?
Uneven skin tone: There are myths about many household remedies for lightening the skin or treating skin conditions. Often these remedies make matters worse. Please see your dermatologist. There are medications that would help with both acne and dark spots left after acne on the skin, such as tretinoin or azelaic acid. ...Read more