Skincare for Fair Skin

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As compared to patients with darker skin tones, fair skin contains less melanin in their skin. Melanin is responsible for providing skin pigmentation and protecting the skin against sunburns and damage.

Patients with fair skin can have red, blond, or brunette hair and a variety of eye colors. As compared to patients with darker skin tones, fair skin contains less melanin in their skin. Melanin is responsible for providing skin pigmentation and protecting the skin against sunburns and damage. Therefore, skin cancer, sun damage, freckling, wrinkles, fine lines, and laxity are more common and severe with fair skin tones. To protect against skin cancer and pigmentation issues, sunscreen usage throughout the day and safe sun practices are a must. Sun safe practices include limiting sun exposure between 10 am – 4 pm when UV rays are at their strongest, seek shade, avoid tanning beds, and wear protective clothing/hats/sunglasses. For routine daily usage we recommend using a sunscreen with at least SPF 30. If cosmetics are to be used, they can be applied following sunscreen. An easy way to touch up sunscreen through out the day is to brush it on by using a powder sunscreen.

To improve brown spots, uneven skin tone, and pigmentation issues, your board certified dermatologists at The Pearl Dermatology will develop a customized approach for you which may include prescription brightening creams, physician based skin care lines which focus on brightening, chemical peels, microneedling with PRP, intense pulsed light (IPL), or lasers.

To improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and skin texture, your dermatologist may also recommend procedures to help to improve surface collagen levels such as microneedling with PRP or laser resurfacing. Fillers containing hyaluronic acid, Restylane or Juvederm, can reduce the appearance of wrinkles and folds. To address fine lines around the eyes and forehead, Botox or Dysport can be used. Finally, to improve skin laxity, procedures that help build deep collagen, such as Ultherapy and Sculptra Aesthetic can be utilized.

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