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Dark Skin: Treatment, Procedure, Cost and Side Effects

What is the treatment? How is the treatment done? Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?) Who is not eligible for the treatment? Are there any side effects? What are the post-treatment guidelines? How long does it take to recover? What is the price of the treatment in India? Are the results of the treatment permanent? What are the alternatives to the treatment?

What is the treatment?

Dark skin is a condition in which the natural colour tone of your skin darkens. It may be due to harsh sun light, pollution, stress, hormonal changes, hereditary conditions and even side effects of a medical treatment. The most common way to treat this condition is by the use of over the counter fairness creams. The other options you can go for are chemical peels, bleaches or laser surgery. Do not believe in the common misconception that fairness creams and skin lightening treatments can change the skin tone of your inherent dark skin. There are no treatments to do that. Such skin treatments can only help in regaining the actual colour of your skin and making you look younger.

How is the treatment done?

You must consult a trained dermatologist to find out the treatment that will be perfect for your skin type. Skin bleaches contain hydroquinone that is considered to be the best skin lightening agent. Your dermatologist will conduct 2-4 bleaching sessions depending on your skin’s need. Chemical peeling minimises the appearance of different dark spots present on your skin by the use of certain chemicals. It involves applying high potency acids on skin that remove the spots improving the appearance of skin. There are three kinds of chemical peels. The most used one is the deep peel that uses phenol and gets deeper into the skin. Superficial peel improves discoloration associated with rough or dry skin caused due to sun damage. Medium peel is mostly used for anti ageing treatments because of the glycolic acid present in this peel. Laser treatment can be a fairly permanent solution for your troubles. Concentrated laser beams are applied to the different areas of your skin where the dark spots are present. This beam removes the layers of skin until the ones with the dark spots are removed and therefore, your skin lightens.

Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)

If you feel that your skin tone has darkened over time and your skin is looking unhealthy or unnatural, you can go for these treatments.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

Mild dark spots can be removed by following a healthy skin care regimen for a few days. You need not go for any complicated treatment.

Are there any side effects?

Make sure that you consult a good dermatologist who will choose the ideal treatment for you according to your skin type. Chemical peels and bleaches contain many chemicals that may harm your skin and worsen your condition if not chosen according to the skin type. Laser beams can leave temporary redness and irritation in your skin.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

You should not step out in the sun for 2-3 days after laser treatment. Remember to apply a sunscreen lotion with an SPF of at least 30 if you cannot avoid going out. Use medicated moisturisers and lotions as prescribed by your dermatologist. Keep your skin clean at all times by using a good body wash and cleanser.

How long does it take to recover?

Recovery period depends on the severity of your condition and the area that is to be treated.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

Chemical peels and bleaches cost between ₹800 - ₹ 2000 per session. Laser skin lightening treatment will cost you between ₹200000 to ₹400000 depending on the area of skin covered.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

The results of the treatment are permanent only if you take proper care of your skin and do not let dark spots occur again. However, if your dark spots are an inherent condition, the treatment may have to be done repeatedly.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

Homemade face packs containing dried orange peels and yogurt are known to help in skin lightening. You can also try applying lemon juice and honey mixed with milk. Ensure that you consume a nutritious diet filled with food items rich in vitamin C. Stay away from excess alcohol and tobacco.

Popular Questions & Answers

Hi sir meri problem h ki maine 2 saal tk betnovate-c apne face pr lagaya h jisse meri skin dark ho gi please sir help me.

Diploma In Dermatology And Venerology And Leprosy (DDVL)
Dermatologist, Hyderabad
Now stop using betnovate cream. It should not be applied to the face as it causes many side-effects on the face. Initially your face seems to be fair. Then slowly the pigmentation starts. Your skin on the face becomes thinner and you feel burning ...

After 3 months of usage of a skin lightning cream which contains methylparaben 0.20%, propylparaben 0.02% & mometasone furoate 0.10% .i stopped its use and now my skin is becoming darker than before what should I do now?

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Dermatologist, Mandya
You should not use any steroid over face without dermatologist prescription, they are not fairness creams, send the lesion pictures through private chat consultation and then I can decide what treatment to be given.
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Plz help me to remove dead skin dark spot I am using kojivit ultra but its not effective at all. The small dark spots are so prominent its embarrassing and its even not going after years.

MBBS, MS - General Surgery, MCh - Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Fellowship In Advanced Cosmetic Surgery
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon, Thane
Dark spot can be removed better with chemical peeling, skin polishing and laser treatment. According to the patient skin type we design the therapy which gives best result. Please visit our clinic for further inquiry and consultation. mobile.

I am a 23 year old female and I was told that I had a fungal skin infection in my groin area a few weeks ago. I used over the counter clotrimazole and I no longer have symptoms, but what concerns me is that I have darker skin still in that area. How can you tell if the infection is gone? Will the dark areas clear up as well?

MD, MBBS
Dermatologist, Chennai
yes.. not to worry..Fungus or yeast infection....common around skin folds like thighs and genitals.. avoid sweating, sharing clothes,towels and soap.. specific medicine required depends on the severity.. for detailed prescription do direct online ...

I have dry eczema on my feet, elbow, and knee. Doctor suggested me to take levosiz med and cosvate s ointment and a moisturizer. After regular use for 1 month, I can't take these medicines regularly. I noticed my skin turned black color on that eczema place. I am worried about that blackness. Kindly let me know what to do now. Thank you.

MD, MBBS
Dermatologist, Chennai
Don't worry...you are suffering from eczematous dermatitis causing that.. Medicine available for good control... Treatment depends on the severity..Do direct online consultation for detailed prescription by sending photos.

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