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Dark skin tone. Prescribed kojic acid, vitamin c, multivitamins. Not helping. Remedy?

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I have a dark toned skin. I have visited dermatologist also for skin lightening. He prescribed me kojic acid, vitamin c, multivitamins etc. I used all this for 3-4months but could not get the results. I don't have problems like dark spots etc but have overall dark toned skin. Can you help me in lightening my skin tone???
Asked On : Sat, 27 Apr 2013
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Dermatologist 's  Response
Dec 2013
Hi Dipa,
Welcome and thanks for posting your query to HCM.
It seems you are quite stressed with your dark complexion. There are many methods of lightening of dark complexion up to a certain stage but you along with your dermatologist has to see the safety issues with short term or long term usage of these things. Now it is totally Upto you to what extent you want to go, even you may find some fascinating advertizements regarding fairness but again comes the side effects and actual usage.
Now coming to your point directly, you can use glycolic acid and azealic acid creams under dermatological guidance. Both glycolic acid and azealic acid creams are present in low and high strengths, so try using low strength first and then gradually can shift over to higher strength. These are able to give results in 3- 4 months continuous and judicious use and are safe for long term use also.
The next thing to tell you behind beauty is that it is not the color but the glow on the skin which actually counts. This can be achieved with good sun protection by physical barrier as umbrella and sunscreen usage 2-3 times a day half an hour before moving out. Eat a lot of fruits (all yellow and red) containing a lot of carotenoids and vitamins which can act as best sunscreen. Include green leafy vegetables and salads which will act as natural sunscreen ( best for you) and drink at least more than 10 glasses of water per day. Lastly love your skin and love yourself there must be certain things which nobody can match up.
Keep glowing!!!
Dr Sanjay K Kanodia
MD (Dermatology)
Answered: Sat, 27 Apr 2013
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