The sun is as attractive to be out under as it is dangerous to our skin. There is no denying that there are few experiences like the first touch of the sun in spring after a long winter. That soothing warmth seems to reach deep into one’s body and make one feel alive again. Your body knows that it needs some sunlight too. It helps to motivate the production of vitamin D in the body that in turn helps regulate calcium. Sun exposure is a necessary part of good health. The catch is that you can’t let your skin be exposed for too long. Your skin will eventually start suffering from problems thanks to the damage that the exposure is causing. Sunscreen is popular for a reason. Unfortunately, exposure can lead to an uneven skin tone and other unwelcome issues. These can be corrected for and evened out if you take the right steps.
There’s no getting away from the fact that any chance of evening out any changes to your skin from sun exposure requires you to prevent them from getting worse and stopping the formation of new issues. This means always wearing your sunscreen. It is actually a fairly easy way to help ease any differences in skin tone caused by unexpected tanning. Most of the time the changes will clear up on their own if you stay out of the sun enough while wearing the sunscreen. Instances of hyperpigmentation, such as sun spots or blotchy areas of darker skin, are a bit more resistant. They do still require you to consistently wear sunscreen to prevent the problem from getting worse. Wearing strong enough sunscreen requires following a few rules though. The SPF rating should be at least 30, but 50 or higher may be better when it comes to helping even out skin tone. Additionally, make sure the sunscreen provides broad spectrum protection so that both UVA and UVB rays are absorbed or reflect. The last thing we recommend is finding a sunscreen that uses a physical blocker like zinc oxide to reflect the UV rays for the best protection.
The Right Products
There are specialized products that can help even out skin tone as well. Brightening products are designed for exactly this sort of task. They help by lightening unwelcome darker areas. This tends to work fairly well, but isn’t intended for much beyond fairly light discoloration. Darker discoloration may require discussing the problem with a dermatologist and seeking out active medical treatments. These can range from topical products designed to inhibit the production of melanin, your skin’s pigmentation, to products that work to kill the cells producing melanin and allow the skin to naturally shed the darker surface levels until a more even complexion settles in over time. These are highly effective but do require medical supervision. The trick is discussing your desires with your doctor and finding out which treatments are viable for your skin tone. This is important as the wrong treatment can lead to people with darker skin tones accidentally creating a more uneven skin tone with a poorly matched treatment.
Treating the Problem
Plenty of stronger medical interventions exist as well. These tend to be reserved for the most obvious and stubborn examples of skin discoloration. Hyperpigmentation is often treated with a form of laser treatment that specifically targets the cells that produce melanin in an attempt to cook some of them so that they no longer produce it. This allows the skin to naturally return to an even color over time. Additionally, the most potent deep peels are known to have a brightening effect on the skin as well. The key is to keep any of these treatments as focused as possible to avoid any unwanted damage to cells. Other forms of sun damage can be difficult to deal with as the damage is a bit deeper. There are further, more invasive options, for truly stubborn problems, but they are rare cases and will likely be proposed by a dermatologist if they appear necessary.
Sun exposure may be necessary on some level and feel good, but it is one of those thing where they can be too much of a good thing. Working against this by taking the appropriate steps to even your skin tone out again will help you feel more confident in your skin. The catch is figuring out the best way to actually handle any discolorations that turn up. We strongly suggest discussing such problems with a dermatologist or similar professional though thanks to the potential issues that can happen with treating uneven skin tone. This will help you work towards the look you want without any missteps along the way.