Tanning is a way of protecting our skin from exposure to the sun. When
the skin comes in contact with UV radiation, pigment-producings cell or
melanocytes produce extra melanin, which is the pigment that gives us our
colour, in order to absorb the nasty UV radiation and protect the inner
cells from damage. So you can safely conclude that the quicker you tan,
the less prone are you to getting skin cancer. If you burn easily and don't
tan quickly, you should be more wary of the sun. But there are pros and
cons to either side, and if you tan easily, you are also more prone to
unsightly hyper-pigmentation (darkening of the skin).
What causes uneven pigmentationï¿½
When the skin is over-exposed to the sun to a great degree, melanocytes
(pigment producing cells) may go into a panic, and produce excessive pigmentation.
So what, you ask. All that this means is that I turn a darker shade. Yes,
that is true, but the problem is, due to the panic, the nature of the cells
may get altered, and you may find that they start producing more melanin
permanently. Your tan just may become permanent. However, this is not where
the problem lies, as many people would be happy to have a permanent tan.
The problem is, not all cells react the same, so while some cells produce
extra melanin or colour, others don't, which leads to pigment patches.
To make matters worse, certain melanocytes may shut down due to excessive
sun exposure, as they are unable to cope. The skin around this cell consequently
turns white, and will never tan. (These white patches should not be confused
with leucoderma.) This condition is known as hypo-pigmentation, and is
even more severe than hyper-pigmentation, as the white skin patches are
particularly prone to skin cancer due to their inability to tan.
The sun is the skin's greatest enemy, and while a certain amount of sunlight is desirable, UV radiation is not. The sun quickens ageing of the skin and the formation of wrinkles, and causes age spots and freckles, in addition to skin cancer and pigmenation disorders.
Shield your body from the sun as far as possible to prevent discolouration.
Wear full sleeves if you are going to be in strong sunlight, cotton, so
you do not feel too hot. If you would rather wear short sleeves, make sure
you apply adequate sunscreen not just on your face, but on your arms
What is the cure
If you already have discolouration, you could visit a dermatologist who would be able to prescribe appropriate treatment. Mild chemical pigment peels are also available wherein the outer discoloured layer of the skin is peeled off. But unless your skin tone is starkly uneven, or if you have discolouration or patches on your face, I do not see the need for going in for this. Homeopathy medication has also been known to treat pigmentation, but while there are no guarantees, this medication is safe, has no side effects, and is worth a shot.
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