Tanned Skin

A person's skin that has darkened due to exposure to ultraviolet rays of the sun or artificial tanning lamp is called tanned skin. The pigment-producing cells (melanocytes) release melanin (skin color pigment) to protect the skin from the harmful effects of sunrays. Excess sun exposure can result in premature aging, increased risk of cancer, and sunburn.

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Please advise me on the best treatment for tan removal.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 23-year-old man and I have been dealing with a tan for the past eight years. The tan covers my entire face, but when I grow a beard for a month and then shave it off, my skin returns to its original color. I am wondering if my tan is deep, stubborn, or easily removable. Experts ...  Read Full »

Dr. Syed Shakeel Akthar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understood your concern. Firstly, I would like to inform you that tanning occurs as a result of sun exposure. When you grow a beard, the hair acts as a protective barrier for the skin underneath, making it appear fairer when you shave. The tan y...  Read Full »

I have a combination skin type, and I sweat a lot. Which sunscreen should I use?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a combination skin and sweat a lot. As such, it is very difficult to find the exact perfect sunscreen for my face, but at last, I found Derma Co 1 % HA sunscreen, which does not leave a white cast or sweats. But now it provides all such benefits. The primary benefits of acting agai...  Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com I understand your concern. For any sunscreen, it is essential to check the SPF (sun protection factor), which would be ideal for your skin type. 50 + SPF helps with protection against the sun. Apart from the same presence of zinc oxide or titanium dioxide is also hel...  Read Full »

I have uneven tanning and hyperpigmentation. Can I use Tranexamic acid, Kojic acid, and Alpha arbutin to improve my skin tone?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been facing issues with uneven tanning and hyperpigmentation. I do not have melasma but I was thinking of using products that contain Tranexamic acid, Kojic acid and arbutin. Are they safe to use? Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your query and understood your concern. Uneven hyperpigmentation and tanning are due to multiple reasons and most often are caused due to genetic susceptibility wherein a similar condition runs within one's family, which then gets transmitted genetica...  Read Full »

How can I keep my skin moisturized?

Query: Hi doctor, The use of moisturizer or face wash made my skin glow. If not for five to six days, my skin would become very dull even without any sun exposure. So, I used them regularly. But, I had stopped applying anything on my face for about three months and then my facial skin stopped responding t...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. My inference from the above is that your skin is facing lack of oil. There is dryness which makes your skin vulnerable to sun and other external influences. Hence it gets dark. However, with moisturizer, the skin gets adequate moisture and hydration and stays supple and...  Read Full »

I read that self-tanning creams can cause cancer. Is it true?

Query: Hello doctor,I am 32 years old. I have been using self-tanning creams for around seven years all year long. I have stopped for the last two years. I am worried because I have read that self-tanning creams are causing cancer and tumors. Is it true? Are they out of my system, or will it take years to ...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashwini. V. Swamy

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Yes, self-tanning lotions are known to cause skin cancer. Please stop using it and avoid exposure to sunlight without sunscreen. Use sunscreen with SPF 50 or more, and apply every fourth hour. Look for any changes in the skin, any bumps that...  Read Full »

How can I prevent tanning?

Query: Hello doctor, I get tanned really easily. My skin is super sensitive. None of the sunscreens really helped me with this problem. If I am under the sun even for five minutes, I get super super tanned.  Read Full »

Dr. Rabia Anjum

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Which sunscreen are you using and its SPF? Actually, sunscreens are of two types. Physical and chemical. Physical sunscreen is better in protecting from suns radiation but the problem is that they are not cosmetically acceptable. Because they are visibly seen on the fac...  Read Full »

I have a dull facial skin tone due to sunburn and tanning. Kindly help.

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.  Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hello, 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,...  Read Full »

How can I manage tan, dark, dry and itchy skin?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 32 years old. My hands are very tan, dark, dry, and itchy. I have this in my whole body. Please suggest sunscreen for my hands and to clear my dark skin as I am getting married in two months.  Read Full »

Dr. Ashwini. V. Swamy

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Tanning from sunlight needs a few weeks to fade. People having type 4 skin produce more melanin on exposure to sunlight. Tanning is a kind of protection from the sun so that we do not burn. To remove this sun tan and avoid further exposure to sunlight, I suggest using su...  Read Full »

Why do I look 40 years old when I am only 29?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 29 year old male, who looks like a 40 year old. I have aged very poorly. What caused this to happen? What can I do to look my proper age?  Read Full »

Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Early aging can be a consequence of multiple factors. The most important ones are sun exposure, poor nutrition, improper sleep, bad lifestyle habits, and poor regular care of the skin. Excessive sun exposure damages the normal texture of the skin by altering the co...  Read Full »

Why does my body tan easily?

Query: Hello doctor, My whole body gets very tanned these days. So, tell me any cream or lotion to clear it.  Read Full »

Dr. Tahir Shehzad

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Apply some sunblock whenever you go out. You can use Mineral UV 100 sunblock. Tanning is of two types. Immediate tanning which comes within minutes of sun exposure and goes away within hours. Delayed tanning which comes after repeated sun exposures and stays for a lo...  Read Full »

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