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Suffering from several different skin problems like dull, dry skin, blackheads and a dark complexion

My skin looking dull and there are so many black spot around my nose and below lip day by day my face is not looking fair what shall I do please tell?
(24 Apr 2009)

You seem to be suffering from several different skin problems - dull, dry skin, blackheads, and a dark complexion. The last one is not really a problem - the color of your skin does not matter, it is the texture and health of your skin that are more important. If your skin has become darker than it used to be, this is probably the result of a tan, which in turn is due to exposure to sunlight. This is a natural process, and is nothing to worry about or "cure". When your skin is exposed to sunlight, it increases production of melanin, the pigment that gives skin its color. More melanin of course means that the skin looks darker. This is actually a good thing - it means that your skin is protecting itself from harmful UV rays, at least to some extent. If you decrease the amount of time your skin is exposed to the sun daily, it will stop producing so much melanin, and its color will gradually become lighter. If your skin color really bothers you, or if the contrast between the tanned skin of your face and the untanned skin of the rest of your body is too much, you should start protecting your skin from sunlight. Reduce the amount of time you spend outdoors during the day, and whenever you cannot avoid going outdoors, ensure that you wear a hat to shade your face, and also apply an adequate amount of sunscreen, with an SPF of at least 25.

Blackheads, like pimples, are the result of blocked pores. What happens is that dead skin cells block pores, sebum builds up in the blocked pores, and this sebum gets oxidized and turns black, forming what is known as a blackhead. There are several different ways in which you can treat blackheads, but it is important to avoid any method that uses force, sharp instruments, or harsh chemicals. Safe treatments include steaming to open the pores, washing the skin regularly, and using cleansers and exfoliating scrubs. You can also use the commercially available strips that are specially meant for removing blackheads.

Finally, for the dullness, you may simply need to regularly moisturize your skin. If you have a blackhead problem, it is unlikely that you have dry skin, but in case you do, regular moisturizing is important. On the other hand, it is quite likely that you simply need a healthy, balanced diet, and adequate rest on a regular basis, and once these things are taken care of, your skin will look great.

answered by G B on 24 Apr 2009, 2:07:00


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