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What do darkening of facial skin indicate?

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Posted on Thu, 14 May 2015
Question: My face is turning dark day by day.. What could be the reason
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Answered by Dr. Geetika Paul (26 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Need close up pictures to find the cause

Detailed Answer:
Hi

I understand your concern regarding your skin problem and I hope I am able to help you in the same.

Darkening of the facial skin could most commonly be due to tanning or melasma .Both these are essentially treatable skin conditions .
I would like to have a look at the exact skin condition.
Please click some close up pictures of the affected area and upload them here on this page.
Also please tell if you are currently applying any medicines over face .

I am sure I will be able to help you better once you provide me the pictures along with the above details.

Dr Geetika Paul

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vaishalee Punj
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Follow up: Dr. Geetika Paul (15 minutes later)
Attached are the closeup picts
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Answered by Dr. Geetika Paul (10 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Skin pigmentation due to tanning

Detailed Answer:
Hi again

I have seen the attached pictures .
You seem to have developed pigmentation over face due to tanning .
You should use a medicated sunscreen with spf more than 26 regularly before going out in the sun .Apply it atleast thirty minutes before going out and re apply every three hourly .
Apply a topical skin lightening agent like kojic acid cream over the affected areas twice daily .
Take oral vitamin c supplements daily .
Eat lots of fresh fruits and salads .
Include more of citrus fruits in your diet .


Hope it helps


Dr Geetika Paul

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Shanthi.E
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Follow up: Dr. Geetika Paul (21 minutes later)
Sure i shall folliw the instructions however kindly specify the cream i need to apply- kojic acid cream ? N pls explain as to wat u mean by oral vitamin C supplements ?
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Answered by Dr. Geetika Paul (5 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Medicines to be used

Detailed Answer:
Hi again

Kojic acid cream is available in various brands like kojivit or kojic cream .It is available as an otc cream .
You can take oral vitamin c tablet 500 mg once daily .

Dr Geetika Paul
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Prasad
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What do darkening of facial skin indicate?

Brief Answer: Need close up pictures to find the cause Detailed Answer: Hi I understand your concern regarding your skin problem and I hope I am able to help you in the same. Darkening of the facial skin could most commonly be due to tanning or melasma .Both these are essentially treatable skin conditions . I would like to have a look at the exact skin condition. Please click some close up pictures of the affected area and upload them here on this page. Also please tell if you are currently applying any medicines over face . I am sure I will be able to help you better once you provide me the pictures along with the above details. Dr Geetika Paul