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muna
Jul 4, 2006, 10:04 PM
Hello guys, I want to know how long it takes for the skin to return to its normal color after sun exposure?

shoegal
Jul 5, 2006, 11:07 AM
That depends. Are you burned? Or just tan? If you're burned, the redness will turn tan in a week or so. If you don't want to keep your color, you can exfoliate with a lufa or take a shower immediately after being in the sun, which will get rid of the skin cells before your skin is noticeably darker. I hope that helps, but if it doesn't, tell me!

PrettyLady
Jul 5, 2006, 10:49 PM
One of the moderators probably changed the title of this thread, but I think I know what you're referring about. When UV rays hit your skin, melanocytes get stimulated, which triggers melanin production to protect your skin from the sun. The melanin acts like an umbrella for the skin's cells and gives people the brown tint that is a suntan. Depending on skin type, people react differently to sunlight. Fair skin always burns but sometimes tans. Usually of Indian, American Indian, Hispanic or African heritage. This skin type rarely burns and tans easily. I'm assuming that you're African American since I've previously answered a hair care question from you. If you are concerned about the sun's UV rays dulling your skin, use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or greater.

muna
Jul 6, 2006, 10:20 PM
Thank you shoegal and prettylady for answering. Pretty lady I use spf15 but I still I get tan and I have another question if you could anwer is skin colour change due to hormones, actually I noticed my skin color became dull since last year . Do you think I could buy products from the net or get something prescribed? But the thing is doctors do not like to prescribe creams but for pimples.

PrettyLady
Jul 6, 2006, 11:28 PM
Yes, changes in hormone levels can produce stretch marks to acne to darkening of the skin. If the SPF 15 isn't protecting your skin, use a sunscreen with SPF 30. You can make your dull complexion healthy or radiant by using alpha-hydroxy acids, such as glycolic, lactic and citric acid. They slough off dead skin cells and brightens dull skin. Also, if you have discoloration from the sun, there are over-the-counter fading creams that you can use to even out your skin tone. Good luck, muna.

muna
Jul 7, 2006, 12:17 AM
Hello prettylady, can u give a name of a product that has these ingredients?
Thanks

PrettyLady
Jul 7, 2006, 02:23 PM
Creams that contain azelaic acid, kojic acid and soy may help your skin problem. Alpha hydroxy creams can also improve your skin's appearance, which is found in most pharmacies. But if you can't find a product at your local pharmacy or drug store, try looking on the net.