Which face wash, moisturizer, and sunscreen should I use, as some face washes make my skin darker?

Q. Which face wash, moisturizer, and sunscreen should a person with combination skin use?

Answered by
Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty
and medically reviewed by Dr. K Shobana
This is a premium question & answer published on Nov 11, 2022 and last reviewed on: Jul 03, 2023

Hi doctor,

I figured I had a combination skin last month, and I have started following a daily skincare routine. But, whenever I use face wash to wash my face, my face becomes darker, but when I use regular soap, my face looks good. I want to add that initially, I used a face wash containing aloe vera, making my skin look dark. And I thought it was due to aloe vera because my skin becomes dark whenever I apply natural aloe vera gel. But later, I started using regular soap, and my skin became normal. Also, I have been using Cetaphil facewash since last week, but I feel it makes my skin look dark too. Can you please suggest which face wash, moisturizer, and sunscreen should I use?



Welcome to icliniq.com.

I went through your query and understood your concern. As per the history provided by you, using face washes with strong contents like Salicylic Acid and Glycolic Acid in higher concentrations are mainly used to get rid of acne. And the presence of aloe vera, to which some individuals are allergic, might be the reason for skin darkening. Apart from that, avoiding the usage of sunscreens may also lead to hyperpigmentation or darkness of facial skin. As you mentioned, using soaps is not advisable on the face as the facial skin is thin, and face washes are formulated for thin skin. And soap should be confined to the body because the body's skin is thicker. So I suggest you to follow a few instructions mentioned below. Use Ethiglo (Kojic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Lactic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Glycerine, Sodium Hydroxide, Vitamin E, Panthenol, and Stearic Acid) face wash twice daily. Apply, massage gently in circular motions, and wash it off. Use Ethiglo serum (Aqua, Nonapeptide-1, Glycerine, Terminalia Fernandina fruit extract, Alpha Arbutin, Carbomer, Glutathione, and Triethanolamine) twice daily. Dispense four to five drops and apply them to the face after cleaning your face to get rid of darkness. Use Facemoist (Sodium Hyaluronate Panthenol, Allantoin, Aloe vera, Glycerin, Vitamin E Acetate, Niacinamide, Olive oil, Primrose Oil, Dimethicone, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Peptides, Glabridin, Cetomacrogol-1000, Cetostearly Alcohol, Glyceryl Monostearate, Isopropyl Myristate (IPM) Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin Cetyl alcohol, and Butylated Hydroxytoluene) SPF (sun protective factor) 15 cream for the face twice daily. Wait for one minute after applying the serum to let it absorb, and then apply this cream. Make sure to test, so apply a small quantity of the cream on your wrist and wait for eight hours to check for any redness or signs of allergy before applying it to your face. Try this method with any cream you use to rule out allergies. Use Sunstop gold sunscreen gel. Apply this cream 20 minutes before going out. Apply at least a teaspoon quantity all over your face and neck. Repeat the application on top of the existing layer every two hours since the effect of the sunscreen reduces every two hours. I suggest you to apply sunscreen from 9 AM to 5 PM when UV (ultraviolet) rays are more active. After 5 PM, there is no need to apply sunscreen. Take a capsule of Evion (Vitamin E) 400 mg once daily at night after food for one month. It will refresh your skin and prevent darkness. You can also undergo chemical peels and laser therapy by a dermatologist for skin rejuvenation. Consistency is key for skin issues as it takes time to show changes and therefore continue following a regular skincare routine. Kindly consult a specialist, talk with them and take the medications with their consent. I hope this helps you. Take care.

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