Hi everybody, Thank you for taking the time to read this. It's an issue that I suffer from and I have been thinking about it a lot over the years.
I am Middle Eastern-Arab, born and raised in Iraq. When I was a child my skin color was extremely fair and light, but I notice with me growing up my skin color changes becoming more dark. I am 26 years now and I kind of feeling very uncomfortable and less confident about this change. I just like the old me and I have no idea why this happened...
I understand the fact that I live in a very hot environment with very shiny sun during the long summer we have here, but why didn't this change my skin color when I was a child or a teenager playing all the time under the sun? Especially now I barely go out under the flaming sun as I work in doors and when I get back from work it would be about sunset.
This change of color did not happen all at once, but very slowly with me growing up. But I could notice the change over the years and also people always comment that I am more tanned now than fair the way I used to be.
Sorry for the long writing, I just tried to put as much info as possible, so you might be able to help me out figure out whether this is normal or not? Also whether or not there is a way to restore my normal skin color?
Hi, Tareq, It is normal for the skin to get darker with time. This is a result of childhood sun exposure. The only way to minimize it is to wear sun block constantly. You may also consider getting a series of chemical peels. Eventually this can lighten the skin. Good luck.
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