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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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?
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