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Why is my facial skin darker than the rest of the body?

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Answered by

Dr. Suvina Attavar

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iCliniq medical review team

Published At June 13, 2017
Reviewed AtJuly 11, 2023

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

The color of the skin on my face is too dark when compared to the skin on my nose, cheeks, and rest of my body. How can I restore the original color on my face?

Answered by Dr. Suvina Attavar

Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

The skin often darkens due to tanning under the effect of UV (ultraviolet) rays. I would strongly recommend using a sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30. The sunscreen has to be applied at least half an hour before you go out and has to be reapplied every four hours till evening. I suggest trying skin lightening cream like Biluma (Kojic acid) at night. Alternatively, you could visit your dermatologist for chemical peels like Lactic acid or Glycolic acid peels. Whatever the treatment, sun protection is a must.

Hope this helped. Take care.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Suvina Attavar

Dr. Suvina Attavar

Dermatology

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