How to Prevent Skin Discoloration

As you gaze enviously at your child's flawless skin, you reminisce back to a time when your skin was just as flawless -- free of those discolored patches on your skin and neck. The good news is that at least you can prevent any more discoloration, or hyperpigmentation. Just as you take great care to protect your child's skin from sun damage, do the same for yourself. After all, the best way to get your child to practice healthy sun habits is by setting a good example.

Step 1

Slather on the sunscreen! An SPF of 30 or higher, applied before you go out and reapplied every hour, reduces the skin discoloration effects of the sun’s ultraviolet rays. It also helps you avoid a painful sunburn.

Step 2

Plan your summer outdoor activities in the morning or late afternoon hours to avoid exposing your skin to the harshest ultraviolet rays that occur between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Step 3

Cover up when you go out. When you're at the beach, get a beach umbrella that's large enough for you and the kids to sit under. If you’re hiking or biking, wear lightweight long sleeves and long pants to protect your skin. Be the mysterious mom at the pool by wearing a summer hat with a wide brim to protect your face and scalp.

Step 4

Check with your physician to make sure the discoloration is caused by sun damage. Some skin discoloration may be caused by hormonal imbalances, including those you have during pregnancy. If that's the case, your discoloration may fade on its own a few months after delivery.

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