Exposure to the sun is something that Indians cannot avoid. For all the people who live in tropical countries such as India, sun exposure is a part of life, except for a few days here and there in a month, there is steady sunshine throughout the year.
Tanning is caused by exposure to the sun for a long time. It can have permanent effects if actions are not taken to prevent or even reduce it. Tan removal treatment are now becoming more and more popular in India for those who have had permanent tanning due to long-standing exposure to the sun.
Most tans are temporary and can be removed at home. But for the tans that are not treated properly or removed in time, they can become permanent tan lines on the face and body. This is why there are many skin clinics that now promote tan removal treatments so that the pigmentation and discoloration caused by sun exposure can be managed and healed effectively.
What Causes Tanning?
Tanning is caused by many long hours or duration of exposure to the sun. The sun has many harmful rays consisting of UVA, UVB, and UVC rays. The UVA and UVB rays are capable of penetrating the skin and destroying the skin cells causing photodamage and causing excessive production of melanin, which darkens the skin.
The UVB rays can have a burning sensation on the skin whereas the UVA rays can cause darkening of the skin and cause aging. The only way to treat sun tan is to protect the skin from further damage and with some simple home based tricks, one can easily get rid of a few hours of temporary skin damage done due to exposure to UV radiation via sun rays.
Sunscreens are the most effective ways of prevention against sun tans although they do not guarantee 100% protection and need to be used constantly and in good amounts.
Tan Removal Treatment
A tan can be removed by a skin specialist at a skin clinic with some easy and simple procedures. Some of the most popular tan removal treatment options are mentioned below:
Q Switched Laser
This is a technique that involves the use of laser lights. Targeting laser lights on the affected part of the skin where the tan marks are there are stimulated with the help of laser light that helps in breaking down the pigments of the skin cells and helps in lightening the complexion and removing the tan. It also stimulates new skin cell generation and therefore helps in giving out a fresh layer of skin
Chemical peels are done with plant-based Vitamin A derivatives that are effectively combined with powerful skin healing compounds and are applied on the skin like a peel. When the peel is removed, a thin layer of the epidermis comes off and reveals fresh and youthful-looking skin that has no tan on it. It is one of the most used and least invasive methods to get rid of the tan on the face and body.
Microdermabrasion uses tools that have millions of small bumps that make small abrasions and virtually damage the epidermal layer of the skin. This process stimulates the production of collagen and new skin cells which helps in giving rise to new and fresh skin layers over the old damaged skin.