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How to neutralize and improve the skin dullness caused by sunburn?

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Published At November 3, 2022
Reviewed AtNovember 11, 2022

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I have dull facial skin due to sunburn and tanning. Can you please give me some suggestions to improve my facial skin color and make it similar to the skin color of my neck and other body parts?

Thank you.


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I read your query and understand your concern.

Facial hyperpigmentation may be due to multiple factors, including genetic susceptibility, climate factors, excessive sun exposure, vitamin deficiencies, dietary factors, excess oil and sebum secretion, dryness, eczema, and hormonal fluctuations. Combined use of both oral and topical medications and dermatological procedures are more beneficial than using medications alone to treat hyperpigmentation. They help to prevent further increase in the severity of hyperpigmentation and also help to improve the current skin tone to a slightly brighter tone.

I suggest you follow these measures.

(Consult your specialist doctor, talk with them, and take medications with their consent.)

1. Use Kojic acid and Vitamin C containing skin whitening creamy face wash in the morning and at night. Apply and massage for one minute in gentle circular motions, and wash off. They help with the regularisation of melanin production from the skin and help with creating a better facial skin texture.

2. Following the face wash, apply 4 to 5 drops of Vitamin C serum on the face and neck area in the morning and at night.

3. Use sunscreen gel in the morning after applying the serum. Sunscreen is advised to be applied every two hours, from 9 am to 5 pm, and the first application is at least 20 minutes before going out.

4. Apply a very thin layer of Glutathione cream at night in a small quantity only on the face after applying the Vitamin C serum. Kindly leave the cream overnight and wash it off in the morning with the face wash mentioned initially.

5. Take a Vitamin E capsule of 400 mg once every night after dinner for two months. They help to brighten the skin and improve skin tone and texture.

6. Take a chewable Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid) tablet of 500 mg in the morning after breakfast for two months. They help fight against the free radicals formed from sun exposure, thereby helping reduce further hyperpigmentation and brightening skin tone.

7. Avoid oily food, sweets, red meat, and dairy products. Kindly consume more fruits and vegetables and keep your skin hydrated. Drink at least 13 glasses of water daily in a 250 ml standard glass size.

Multiple procedures may be done with topical and oral medications to help get better results. It includes the following.

1. Glutathione injections also help with skin brightening, which is done twice a week for ten sessions. Kindly consult a dermatologist for more details of the treatment and for undergoing the procedures.

2. Facial chemical peels are also a suitable procedure helping with hyperpigmentation of skin which is done in sessions of at least six for which direct consultation with a dermatologist may be adviced as well.

3. Laser techniques are also available to help reduce skin hyperpigmentation and improve skin tone and rejuvenation, thereby helping brighten the skin. They are usually done in sessions once every three weeks. Kindly make sure to consult a dermatologist in person for undergoing the procedures. Lasers may be relatively expensive.

Skin tone can be improved with a proper skincare routine, but it takes time, so consistency in following the above treatments is critical. Hope I was able to provide clarity and that the details were informative.

Thank you.

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

Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty
Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty


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