How to Reverse Melanin

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How to Reverse Melanin
Your skin tone can be evened out. (Polka Dot Images/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

If you have a problem with the tone of your skin, then it is likely caused by an issue with the melanin. Melanin gives your skin its pigment, or colour. Hyperpigmentation, for example, is a condition where your body produces too much melanin and your skin gets darker in some areas. Hypopigmentation, on the other hand, is a condition where you body does not produce enough melanin, and your skin gets lighter in some areas. Learning the cause can help you reverse these issues with melanin.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging


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    Visit your doctor. There are certain medical conditions which can cause issues with melanin production. A skin infection, for example, can cause hypopigmentation, while a disorder known as Addison's disease can cause hyperpigmentation. Your doctor can diagnose such problems and prescribe a course of treatment.

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    Use any prescription cream that your doctor prescribes to reverse the melanin issue. For example, melasma, a condition that causes hyperpigmentation, can be reversed with a prescription cream. A skin infection or severe burns and blisters might require a prescription to reverse the issue with your melanin production.

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    Limit the time you spend in the sun. Over exposure to the sun can cause melanin production problems. If you do get sun exposure, use a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more.

Tips and warnings

  • Note that pregnancy can cause hyperpigmentation of the skin. In this case, the melanin issue will likely dissipate once you have the baby and your hormones become balanced.

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