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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
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?
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
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