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Having darker forehead as compare to skin complexion. Cure? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 26-Mar-2013
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Very Good Posted in: Skin Hair and Nails
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User:I have a quey regarding the skin .I have dark color on my forehead compared to my skin tone. Although am a dark complexion person but on color on my forehead is lot dark.Also its not covered on whole forehead but its present on middle of the forehead. Any procedure or cure to get rid to it asap
Doctor:Is it associated with any itching or any rash?
Doctor:Ok, XXXXXXX
User:I prescribed a Skin Doc last year.. he prescibed me a oinmnet
User:named MELACARE
Doctor:did it help?
User:i did get some improvement, but now i dont see any much improvement
Doctor:I think the most important part of using a sunblock was missed
Doctor:So I would suggest you use a broad spectrum sunblock for atleast 6 weeks.
User:na, he prescribed a sun screen also
Doctor:What was the SPF also?
Doctor:it needs to be atleast 50-60
Doctor:So do 1 thing
Doctor:Apply a sunblock for 5-6 weeks
User:but i do rarely go on afternoon or when its hot out..
Doctor:Thats ok
Doctor:But actually we are supposed to wear a sunblock even in the night
User:oh ok..then can u please suggest a good sun screen of 50-60 SPF
Doctor:Thats because a lot of UVA and UVB is present in the atmosphere
Doctor:Neutrogena sunblock with SPF 50 is going to be fine or Cetaphil sunblock
Doctor:Atleast SPF 50 and both UVA and UVB protection
User:okies. would i get the improvement soon
Doctor:You use this 20 minutes before stepping out and every 2 hours after that
User:with that
Doctor:It will take time XXXXXXX
Doctor:We're looking at something like 1-2 months
User:oh ok..will do the same
Doctor:Actually, MElacare cannot be given long term
Doctor:Its not recommended
User:so shud i stop it
Doctor:I suggest you stop it
Doctor:Use the sunblocck for 6 weeks
Doctor:See if it works for you
Doctor:Then in the final stages of treatment we can add that
User:Doc,then i should consult you after how many days
Doctor:Lets see after 2 weeks
User:ok fine..thanks
Doctor:there is 1 thing I'd like to tell you
User:yes doc
Doctor:There is no permanent treatment for increased pigmentation
Doctor:A sunblock will make your skin look the same
Doctor:But increased pigmentation can actually be removed by a glycolic acid peel
User:with same you mean?
Doctor:It means you have the same skin color all over the face
User:oh ok..
User:whats this glyclic acid peel method
Doctor:This peel is also only partially effective
Doctor:So I dont want to promise you the moon and say it didnt work in the end
Doctor:They use glycolic acid and partially peel of the skin
Doctor:So the top layer of the skin is removed and it is replaced by new skin
User:oh...Is it painful
User:and recommended
Doctor:It will be slightly painful
Doctor:But not recommended at this stage
Doctor:Lets start with the sunblock
Doctor:Then we can add Melacare for some time
User:will use the sunscreen and get bak to you after 2 weeks
Doctor:we'll take it step by step
Doctor:Is there anything else I can help you with?
User:am a new user how i consult back toyou from here
Doctor:Come back to chat and say I want to speak with Dr. XXXXXXX
Doctor:Or raise a request for get a call from a doctor
Doctor:and say I want a call from Dr. XXXXXXX
Doctor:or email me
User:your email id
Doctor:write attention to Dr. XXXXXXX in subject line
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