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Old 05-13-2014, 09:47 PM
 
Location: 60630
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I am Swedish, 100%, but I am born with a darker complexion. Im the only one in my family which is kind of odd. In the summer my skin gets darker and if I spend all day in the sun I burn. The burned skin starts to shed, especially on my face, and my face looks spotty with dark spots. Actually, it looks more dirty.
What can I do here? I want to be able to walk outside without my face looking like I aged 10 years a few days later.
I always have had a problem with dark spots and they become a real problem in the summer months. Is there any creams that prevents this? Anything?

This is not me. I found it on google images but this is kind of what im dealing with.

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Old 05-13-2014, 10:40 PM
 
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Are you using sun screen? What about wearing a hat also to block some of the sunlight? Have you seen a dermatologist?
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Old 05-14-2014, 12:54 AM
 
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That looks like melisma. It's a combination of hormones and sun. Go to the doctor, there's a prescription for that. And use sunscreen religiously.
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Old 05-14-2014, 10:52 AM
 
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Have you gone to see a dermatologist? they can prescribe you a retinoid, which will fade the spots as well as do other wonders for your skin assuming it's not too sensitive, and hydroquinone, which will fade the sun spots too. You could also try a product with glycolic acid.

Sun protection is a must, but sunscreen has to be applied every 2-3 hours to be effective; it wears off after that time. I've gone beyond depending on sunscreen because of that, and typically use an umbrella during the daylight hours. You can also wear a hat. this may be going way beyond for some but you could also get a UV tint for the car windows.
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Old 05-14-2014, 02:00 PM
 
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Have you gone to see a dermatologist? they can prescribe you a retinoid, which will fade the spots as well as do other wonders for your skin assuming it's not too sensitive, and hydroquinone, which will fade the sun spots too. You could also try a product with glycolic acid.

Sun protection is a must, but sunscreen has to be applied every 2-3 hours to be effective; it wears off after that time. I've gone beyond depending on sunscreen because of that, and typically use an umbrella during the daylight hours. You can also wear a hat. this may be going way beyond for some but you could also get a UV tint for the car windows.
This is great advice, and pretty much what my dermatologist put me on. (Retinoid, hydroquinine) She also added a vitamin c serum to get rid of dark spots.

Hydro quinine and vitamin c serum can be bought over the counter, and so can weaker retinoids.
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Old 05-14-2014, 06:11 PM
 
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I'd also recommend these pads:http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/o...7C-%7C222FIZ0T

These have really helped me with my dark spots!

I have also been using the following in combo with my sunscreen:
Botanics All Bright Cleansing Foam Wash Botanics All Bright Cleansing Foam Wash : Boots Retail USA, Inc
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Old 05-14-2014, 07:15 PM
 
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Thanks to all of you! I will see if a dermatologist is covered under my insurance for sure and make an appointment asap. Also, I never used sunscreen in my face other than going to the beach. Never thought I needed it sense Im not pale. Im going to start wearing it everyday in the summer now. Thanks!
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Old 05-14-2014, 07:18 PM
 
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I'd also recommend these pads:http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/o...7C-%7C222FIZ0T

These have really helped me with my dark spots!

I have also been using the following in combo with my sunscreen:
Botanics All Bright Cleansing Foam Wash Botanics All Bright Cleansing Foam Wash : Boots Retail USA, Inc
Cool. The Botanics All Bright Cleansing Foam, do you use it every time you wash your face?
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Old 05-14-2014, 11:35 PM
 
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Cool. The Botanics All Bright Cleansing Foam, do you use it every time you wash your face?
Almost. It is gentle but I have some philosophy cleanser I have been trying out too. I don't find it too drying at all. I used the previous formulation daily for a few years with no issues, and this one feels a little gentler than the old one. If I am feeling really dry, I do an oil cleanse or just use rose water/orange blossom water.

I am not pale and I wear sunscreen daily. I have been since about age 18, I figure I might as well give myself extra wrinkle protection.

I needed a dark spot routine because for me any blemish will leave a mark. Acne, heat rash and even plucking stray hairs.
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Old 05-15-2014, 02:27 AM
 
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Have you heard of Paula's choice? I use her line of skincare; she has really good products such as OTC retinol serums, antioxidants, glycolic acid, and sunscreens.
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