March 16, 2019
Why is my face darker than my body?
Why is my face darker than the body? What should I do? I tried many products but no results yet. I’m getting frustrated day by day seeing my face. I have met so many doctors but still no results.
Everybody loves to have glowing skin. We do our best to have a healthy-looking skin but when the face tone is darker than the body, it gets really annoying. If you are suffering this same problem then you are in the right place. Here’s a detailed guide to understand why your face becomes darker than the body, what can be done about such skin pigmentation, and how you can get rid of it through skin care regimen and procedures.
Why is my face darker than my body?
Our face skin produces more melanin compared to the rest of the body parts, so our face skin is generally a bit darker. The harmful rays of the sunlight can damage the melanin cells and as the face is more exposed to sunlight, it is the first to be impacted. If the melanin cells are disturbed or it becomes unhealthy then they start with excessive melanin productions. It can also result in patchy skin, you can get pigmentation on any part of the body including the face.
It is absolutely fine to have a darker face, but it differs from person to person. When the face skin tone is too dark than body skins, then it should not be ignored. You can try different home remedies to lighten the skin tone. If you do not get the desired effect then you must visit a dermatologist. There are many possible treatments for darker skin and skin pigmentation.
What is skin pigmentation?
Pigmentation is nothing but discolouration of skin colour.
Pigmentation can be of two types:
- Hyperpigmentation – It is the skin condition where skin patches are darker.
- Hypopigmentation – It is the skin condition where skin patches are lighter.
If you are suffering or in the initial phase of pigmentation, do not neglect it. Skin is the largest organ of our body, there are various reasons for getting pigmentation on your skin. We will also discuss the causes of skin pigmentation as well.
Skin pigmentation causes
The most common causes of skin pigmentation are.
- Excessive sun exposure.
- Skin injuries.
- Skin problems.
- Chemotherapy or drugs.
- Hormonal changes.
- Addison disease.
Skin discoloration on face
It can be referred to as skin hyperpigmentation. Hyperpigmentation is of several types:
- Age spots.
Melasma is mostly seen in females, where the hyperpigmentation occurs on check, forehead & bridge of a nose. To identify whether you suffer from discolouration on your face or not or which type of discolouration you have, your doctor needs to do a thorough examination.
Hyperpigmentation is the discolouration of your skin colour. In this, the skin colour gets much darker than the original skin colour. To take care of your skin condition you need to take a few measures to protect your skin from getting pigmented. There are many treatments such as clinical treatments, topical applications, home remedies. So now let’s check the treatments and its details.
Clinical treatments such as
- Chemical peels
- Q switch laser
- Co2 laser
Topical creams or medications such as
- Sunscreen lotion
- Aloe vera based moisturizer
- Hydroquinone cream
- Glycolic acid creams
Thus these treatments if taken with combinations with topical applications can give good results. Make sure you always protect your skin with sunscreen lotion to prevent pigmentation in the first place.
How to use sunscreen lotion to prevent pigmentation?
- You need to apply sunscreen daily on your skin.
- You need to apply at least 20 to 30 mins before going outside in the sun.
- Take a small amount of sunscreen and apply it in a dot manner. So that the absorption of the cream will be good.
- After sunscreen lotion, you can apply your moisturizer.
- You can use any broad-spectrum sunscreen lotion.
- Reapply sunscreen lotion again 2 to 3 times in a day every 3-4 hours.
- For Indian skin tone, it’s better to use SPF 30 to SPF 50.
Home remedies for pigmentation
When your face is getting darker than your body, you can try home remedies first. As there are different skin types, all home remedies might not suit or yield the best result for all, but it will definitely not result in any side effect. So, you can try them without any hesitation. Only when you do not get the desired result then talk to a doctor.
Let’s check out home remedies for darker face and skin pigmentation:
- You can apply fresh aloe vera on your skin, it will help in fading the pigmentation.
- You can take apple cider vinegar and water in equal amount and can apply on face and leave for 2 to 3 mins.
- Researches have shown that green tea also helps in deep pigmentation.
- Application of black tea water is also good for your skin.
- Tomato paste is also good for pigmentation. So it will be helping a lot.
Do try out these home remedies which suit your skin. Make sure you do it in a regular interval of time. Home remedies are not the only solution, but it can help you to some extent to give you good results!
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To get your pigmentation issue resolved, you need to consult your dermatologist who can guide you on what treatment option would work the best for you post analyzing your medical condition.
That being said, most treatments aim to help you:
- Stabilize melanocytes (specialized skin cell that produces melanin)
- Take corrective measures to counter the impact of causing factors
- Discourage the production of new melanin
- Removal of excess melanin from the body
As per dermatologist, relying on a singular option like laser therapy, chemical reel, IPL, etc. isn’t encouraged to combat the pigmentation issue. Instead, a combination of all the above modalities based on the type and factor responsible (for hyperpigmentation) can help you achieve positive results.
Dr. Dhananjay Chavan