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Suggest remedy for dark skin

hi i am sonali 24 years old.My skin become dark by going in sun for long time back in the school day. Now all color difference is there in my hands ,neck.Please suggest whta creams should be used to remove those sun burn.Sun screen are not working
Fri, 20 Jun 2014
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Hello and welcome to healthcaremagic

I have gone through your concern and I have understood it.

UV A part of the electromagnetic spectrum is mainly responsible for tanning.

Therefore, a good sunscreen should have broad spectrum UV A coverage in addition to UV B coverage, in order to be able to prevent tanning and it needs to be applied in sufficient quantity and every 2-3 hourly.

A sunscreen with minimum 30 spf would be adequate. It should mention both UV B and UV A coverage. Therefore it is important to select the right sunscreen for desired effects

It should be applied in the following quantity:

--3ml for face and neck(a little more than 1/2 teaspoon)
--3ml for each arm(a little more than 1/2 teaspoon).

A sunscreen should be applied every 2-3 hours. A sunscreen would prevent further tanning.

In addition to the sunscreens, you also need to use a demelanising cream to fade away the tan. If I was your treating doctor I would have asked you to use a cream containing one or more of the skin lightening agents e.g kojic acid, glycolic acid, arbutin or hydroquinone etc once daily at night to gradually fade away the tan.

I hope you will find this information useful.

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