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Face becoming dark due to tan

I am having pigmentation on my face (nose, cheeks, chin) I am really worried for that what is the reason, how to cure it, please help me!
(19 Mar 2009)

If the pigmentation is evenly spread all over your face - that is, if your whole face has become dark - then you have simply developed a tan. This is completely harmless, and you should stop worrying about it. You have probably been experiencing a lot of exposure to sunlight recently, and as a result, your skin has gotten tanned. Our skin gets its color from a protective pigment called melanin, which is naturally produced by specialized skin cells, in quantities that are determined by our genes. However, when the skin is exposed to sunlight, it produces melanin in much larger quantities, and as a result, the skin becomes darker. This is not at all harmful - in fact, melanin protects your skin from sun damage. If your skin does not become darker in spite of a lot of exposure to sunlight, then you may have cause for worry, as your skin is unable to protect itself and could be suffering sun damage. This is often the case with people who have a very light skin tone; their skin does not have much protection to begin with, and is unable to produce much melanin in response to sunlight either.

If what you have is a tan, it will simply disappear gradually if you reduce your exposure to sunlight. Even if you don't mind the tan, you should avoid excessive exposure to sunlight as it can be harmful. The fact that your skin has tanned does not mean that it is completely protected from the harmful effects of UV light. You should therefore limit the amount of time that you spend outdoors during daylight hours, especially during the afternoon when the sun tends to be at its peak. If you must go outdoors at this time, try to cover up your skin as much as possible, and in addition, apply an adequate amount of sunscreen lotion on all exposed skin.

The same measures will probably work even if you do not have a tan - that is, if the pigmentation is uneven. Uneven pigmentation, in spots or patches, is sometimes the result of sun damage, and at other times simply due to some abnormality in the skin itself, which makes it produce pigment in an uneven manner. Protecting your skin from sunlight will help it lose the excess pigment and return to normal. In addition, you can regularly apply a paste of sandalwood powder and milk on your skin, as this tends to lighten the skin to some extent.

answered by G D on 19 Mar 2009, 9:50:36


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