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Skin Sun Exposure
Hypopigmentation: White spots in sun exposed areas can be a form of chronic sun damage called idiopathic guttate hypomelanosis. It is common on forearms and lower legs as small white dots. No real treatment exists. If this does not sound like what you have, see your doctor to check it out. ...Read more
Sunburn results when the amount of exposure to the sun or other ultraviolet light source exceeds the ability of the body's protective pigment, melanin, to protect the skin. Sunburn in a very light-skinned person may occur in less than 15 minutes of midday sun exposure, while a dark-skinned person may tolerate the ...Read more
Sun Spots: Sun spots are spots on the skin that occur after sun exposure. Sun spots can be dark or white. White spots can have several causes, and they all share one thing in common, they prevent melanin from being produced in that specific area of the skin, and therefore, cannot alter its pigment. In other words, the skin cannot tan in those small areas. ...Read more
Don't know: I cannot think of any particular white spots caused by birth control pills or sun exposure. Fungal infection spots don't tan and stay lighter than the surrounding skin, but they are not "benign" and need to be treated. You need to be seen to make sure there is nothing going on that needs to be treated. ...Read more
Physical sunblock: The use of a good quality physical sun block that blocks out both UV A and UVB rays. The skin will still tan but to a much lesser extent. The physical block should be either zinc or titanium. Theses products can be purchased at a dermatologist office and in many spas. The better products are PCA, Skin Medica, SkinCeuticals, Obagi and others but these are most popular ...Read more
Avoid sun: Avoid sun and use sunscreen.Get a more detailed answer ›
Does isotretinoin cause irreversible sun damage? Will it cause permanent darkening of skin due to sun exposure?
Not likely: Topical Isotretinoin is well known to cause photosensitivity (easy burning) from bright sun light exposure. This will cause temporary redness and soreness, but not permanent change. Interestingly, Isotretinoin and other so-called retinoid agents have been successfully used for years to actually help reverse chronic sun damage. ...Read more
Today I applied lotion to my skin then after sun exposure these red spots start appearing under the skin. What can it be?
Allergy to it: Do not useGet a more detailed answer ›
Are there known side effects of not getting enough sun exposure without sunscreen? Do the risks outweigh the skin if skin cancer from sun exposure?
First question: Is : What is your normal skin tone? If you have naturally darker skin tone, would not anticipate the even with lack of skin exposure that it would become light. Are you consistently using sunscreen even if you don't have significant direct exposure to sun? ...Read more
The white spots on the skin are caused by sun exposure or has any connection with the liver or nervous?
My skin is rubbing off in little pieces, like rubber. I am house bound (severe m.E.), have had no sun exposure, and no med changes in months. Ideas?
See MD immediately: I am not certain what is causing the problem but I recommend you get in to see a dermatologist immediately. The skin acts as a barrier to prevent organisms or other toxins from entering our bodies. If you are loosing your skin, you are at risk for more serious problems. Find out what this is and get it treated. ...Read more
Sun exposure: There are individuals for whom any exposure to sun increases the risk of cancer. But the majority of people can walk down a leafy street where the risk of death by automobile is higher than the risk of skin damage. There is always risk. Increasing sun exposure increases that risk, and must be balanced against the benefits of being able to exercise, obtain food and fuel, etc. ...Read more
Sunblock moisturizer: Many people use over-the-counter moisturizers that contain sunscreen. Avoiding exposure to the sun will let skin lighten up. However, 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
What are the home made remedies to improve skin complexion which became dark due to sun exposure?
Sun discolored skin: The sun causes the formation of melanin in the skin, which makes the skin darker. If you are unhappy with the way your skin looks from too much sun, you must first prevent any sun exposure at all, by wearing protective clothing, and hats, and by using sun blockers every day. You can try to lighten the skin with bleaches that contain hydroquinone, and by using a glycolic acid lotion. ...Read more
Sun protection: Skin grafts often will discolor when exposed to sun light due to the pigment producing cells (melanocytes). The melanocytes react by darkening the skin. Unfortunately, the hyperpigmentation that occurs (darkening) might not lighten and may cause permanent discoloration. Use good sun protection to skin grafted areas and fresh scars. ...Read more
A question here???
Get your skin examin: It is very easy to check your skin for any sun related complications like skin cancer. You can get this done by a primary care doctor (less expessive) or from a dermatologist (may cost a bit more) but any growth on the skin surface or a changing mole are the lesions to watch. Have your spouse/ friend check skin of your back, rest you can check yourself and see if there is anything that does not belo ...Read more
Both!: Acute sunburn causes more skin damage, and may increase risk of melanoma somewhat more than long-tern sun exposure, which still causes wrinkles, spots, and skin cancers as well. Radiation damage is cumulative over a lifetime, so both are not good! Sort of like many toxic things--a little over a long time will kill you just as dead as a lot all at once! ...Read more
I often feek pinching in skin while working out or cycling. Sometimes after bath and during sun exposure. What could be tge reasin?
Is there a rash: Would consider a type of urticaria see you physician ...Read more
Sun exposure? Or phototherapy? Which would be the best treatment for pityriasis lichenoides for black skin?
Both, but: Both have similar effects and wavelengths of light that can be useful. However, it's a bit more difficult to control the harmful effects and 'dose' of sunlight. Also, if you have a week of rainy days, you interrupt your therapy. While one or two days without treatment may not be a big deal, the best way to treat is a consistent schedule, which would be available with phototherapy. ...Read more
Yes: The intensity of the ultraviolet is much less due to the greater distance through the atmosphere, but ultraviolet damage is cumulative. A sunblocker is a good idea, and if you're outdoors a lot, keep an eye on your skin, and have someone else look where you can't. ...Read more
My skin develops hard white bumps after sun exposure that are not sweat bubbles. Am I allergic to the sun? Also don't tan well
Sun Reaction: Sometimes, when the skin is exposed to the sun, one gets a sun allergy (photosensitivity), which is a reaction of the immune system to the sunlight. Given below are the most common types of sun allergies: solar urticaria, photo allergic eruption, polymorphous light eruption, and actinic prurigo. ...Read more