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How to remove tan from hands and legs

Remove tan from hands and legs
Posted date on Apr 20, 2023

With summer just around the corner, many of us are looking forward to spending more time outdoors, soaking up the sun and enjoying the warmer weather. However, with increased sun exposure comes the risk of skin damage, including skin tan, hyperpigmentation, and even skin cancer. That's why it's essential to protect our skin and take the necessary steps to remove any existing tan safely. Whether you're dealing with a stubborn tan or simply looking to maintain healthy and radiant skin, we've got you covered! Let's dive in.

Here are some general tips to remove tan this summer:

1. Use sunscreen:

Sunscreen is an essential component of a healthy skincare routine and should be used daily to protect your skin from the harmful effects of UV radiation. It is a good practice to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 and reapply every two hours or after swimming or sweating.

Sun exposure can cause hyperpigmentation or darkening of the skin, leading to the formation of age spots, freckles, and melasma. Exposure to UV radiation can accelerate the ageing process of the skin, leading to wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging skin. Sunscreen acts as a barrier, reflecting and absorbing UV radiation before it penetrates your skin. It protects you from sunburn, premature ageing, and the risk of skin cancer.

Sunscreen is essential for everyone, regardless of skin type or tone. It is important to note that UV radiation is present year-round, even on cloudy days and during the winter months. So, using sunscreen daily, even when it's not sunny outside, is extremely important.

2. Exfoliation

Tan is a result of excess melanin production in response to sun exposure, and it is present in the deeper layers of the skin. Normal exfoliators, such as scrubs or brushes, can help remove dead skin cells contributing to dull and uneven skin tone but may not be as effective in removing skin tan because they only remove the top layer of dead skin cells. The excess melanin causing the tan is present in deeper layers of the skin.

To remove tan, it is advisable to consider chemical exfoliating agents such as alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta-hydroxy acids (BHAs). AHAs, such as glycolic acid and lactic acid, work by breaking down the bonds between dead skin cells, while BHAs, such as salicylic acid, work by penetrating deep into the pores to exfoliate and unclog them.

These chemical exfoliants are also less likely to cause skin irritation or damage compared to physical exfoliants. Start slowly when introducing new exfoliants to avoid skin irritation or sensitivity. Remember to always patch-test new products and follow the instructions provided by your dermatologist or on the product label.

Certain skin-lightening products containing ingredients such as kojic acid, vitamin C, or niacinamide may help reduce the appearance of tan on your hands and legs. However, it's important to use these products under the guidance of a dermatologist to avoid any potential side effects.

It's important to note that while chemical exfoliants may be effective in reducing the appearance of skin tan, it's essential to protect the skin from further sun exposure to prevent the development of new tans or hyperpigmentation. So, sunscreen is a must!

Along with sunscreen, keeping your skin moisturised can help improve its overall appearance and reduce the appearance of a tan. Use a moisturiser with ingredients like hyaluronic acid or ceramides to help hydrate and soothe your skin. If your tan is severe or stubborn, seek professional treatment.  

Visit Dr Divya’s Skin and Hair Solutions in Bangalore, for consultation. Our expert team of dermatologists may recommend professional treatments such as chemical peels, microdermabrasion, or laser therapy to help remove tan from your hands and legs upon examination. We provide customised solutions for all skin types.

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