In Asian countries such as India, fair skin seems to be an ideal ‘want’ but there are many misconceptions surrounding that topic. At Remedico, we believe that beauty has no skin tone and are here to answer any questions you might have about skin discolouration. In our previous blog, we explained the different types of skin pigmentation along with pictures of what they might look like. In this blog post, we will answer a few common questions that we have been asked on the topic of dark and pigmented skin.
Is there a way to get fairer skin?
You can’t change the colour of your skin, as this depends on genetics. The amount of melanin you produce determines your skin colour. You can read more about what melanin is on our previous blog. We understand that beauty standards are hard to uphold to these days but skin colour doesn’t determine beauty.
Although, it is important to understand that skin pigmentation, a skin condition, can change the colour of your skin. There are various reasons as to why pigmentation occurs, and it can alter the production of melanin. There are two types of pigmentation: Hyperpigmentation (darker patches or spots of skin) and hypopigmentation (lighter patches of spots of skin)
Pro Tip: It is important that you see a dermatologist if you notice any extreme/sudden change in skin colour. The earlier you are able to find out the reason behind your pigmentation, dermatologists can help you treat it - considering it is a condition that can be treated.
What is the difference between tanning and pigmentation?
Pigmentation is a change in the natural colour of your skin. It can be hyperpigmentation (darker than your skin tone) or hypopigmentation (lighter than your skin tone).
Tanning is a TYPE of hyperpigmentation that occurs when your skin has direct contact with the UV rays of the sun. The melanin in your skin absorbs the harsh rays in order to protect your skin from sun damage resulting in your skin becoming shades darker.
Pro Tip: Try and cover up as much as possible when you’re under the sun - use sun-hats they are great!
How do I know if I have pigmentation?
If you notice that you have dark or light spots or patches or marks that show up on your skin suddenly or over a period of time, it is most likely a form of pigmentation. If you were born with marks such as birth marks or ‘beauty spots’ - those aren’t pigmentation. This is, of course, a general definition of pigmentation and how you could spot it on yourself.
In our previous blog post, we mentioned the different types of pigmentations and explained how they could caused and what they look like. These are the most common forms of pigmentations caused by different types of factors such as environmental, hormonal and underlying health conditions.
How long does it take for pigmentation to reduce?
Pigmentation such as tanning can take weeks to reduce as tan fades over time - it isn’t permanent pigmentation. If you suffer from melasma, another form of hyperpigmentation, you would need medical treatment from a dermatologist. On the other hand if you suffer from vitiligo, a form of hypopigmentation, there isn’t a cure.
The truth is that it depends on the type of pigmentation you are experiencing, not everything is permanent and some have solutions. Some are medical conditions or a symptom of an existing medical conditions while some can be related to environmental factors and can be easily controlled. Remedico’s dermatologists can assess the type of pigmentation you’re experiencing and prescribed medications along with lifestyle and nutrition advice.
We’re hoping that answering the above questions have informed you on the difference between a skin condition called pigmentation and the negative ideals of a dark skin tone. If you’ve noticed that you may be experiencing pigmentation - do consult a dermatologist. Dermatology conditions need professional diagnosis as they could be caused by a variety of factors ranging from severe environmental conditions to underlying health issues.
Our dermatologists can be at your service from the comfort of your own home - no appointments. Fill up a questionnaire online, upload pictures of your condition and our dermatologist will send you a treatment plan along with options of other treatments require to help your skin condition. In 24 hours, you will have solution right in your email!
There is absolutely nothing wrong with have a dark skin tone, beauty isn’t skin deep - we’ll expand more on topic in our next blog post.