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Probability of having difference in skin color due to difference in amount of exposure of face to sunlight

I am really a fair person but my face is very black in color but not my body so can my face could be turned fair?
(24 Apr 2009)

This difference in skin color is probably entirely due to the difference in the amount of exposure to sunlight experienced by your face compared to the rest of your body. Your face (as well as a few other parts of your body such as your neck, hands, and possibly your arms as well) is exposed to sunlight every time you go outdoors during the day, and therefore it has naturally developed a tan. You will probably notice this effect on your hands as well, although the contrast may not be as great. On the other hand, the rest of your body is probably always covered and gets no sunlight, which is why it has remained its natural color.

There is no way to turn your face fair except by reducing the amount of exposure to sunlight that it receives. When your skin tans, what is happening is that production of the pigment melanin is increased. Melanin protects your skin from the harmful effects of sunlight, and there is always a certain amount of melanin in your skin. However the more sunlight there is, the more melanin your skin produces and the darker it becomes. You cannot get rid of this excess melanin in a hurry. Once you reduce your skin's exposure to sunlight and it no longer needs so much melanin, it will automatically get rid of the excess, and gradually return to its natural color. However, this will take a long time - since you seem to have developed quite a strong tan over a long period of time, it will take at least a couple of months for you to lose this tan.

You will have to start using sunscreen each time you leave the house during the day. Ensure that the sunscreen you use has an SPF value of at least 30, and ensure that you apply an adequate amount of it on your face, at least half an hour before you leave the house. If you are outdoors for a long period of time, you will need to reapply the sunscreen after a couple of hours. In addition to this, you will need to wear a hat or cap, as a sunscreen will not provide enough protection. If possible, you should stay out of the sunlight entirely, as this is the only sure way to protect your skin. Of course, remember that sunlight is not entirely bad, and a slight tan is not only normal, it is considered attractive by many people.

answered by G B on 24 Apr 2009, 2:06:59


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