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Facial skin discoloration and self-tanners

Started 1364756203.76 in Beauty Banter | Last reply 1364854537.167 by Katiesmom

I have some skin discoloration on my face (dark patches, probably pregnancy mask from years ago) and hesitate to use self-tanner on my face because of it.

What do you ladies do who may have uneven skin tone?

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shelinmi1364756475.747401 PostsRegistered 6/16/2006Lovely West Michigan

Self tanner makes my 2 melasma/dark spots even darker on my face. I look forward to hearing other forum readers thoughts.

I wonder if I was real careful with application of the self tanner and didn't put it on those 2 spots if it would even the face color out a bit temporarily. hmmm.

sharon8181364756638.217264 PostsRegistered 10/16/2011Everett, WA

I don't use self tanner on my face. Bronzer all the way.

SilentDance1364757901.85314867 PostsRegistered 10/20/2008Location, location, location!

It makes dark spots darker on my legs, but I usually apply twice. I only swipe once with the tan towels on my face and I do not get any darker coloring on my face.

I prefer bronzer now too and I also think I am going to discontinue self-tanning too.


desertDi136475866317477 PostsRegistered 7/14/2007Surface of the Sun

I used it once on my face.....and it turned my barely noticeable acne scars dark brown......took months of exfoliation to get rid of the discolorations. Never again.

bikerbabe1364758768.7479880 PostsRegistered 4/10/2007

i don't believe you'll be happy with a self tanner. i'd also suggest a bronzing powder. i only have a few minor dark spots on my face, old acne scars. i tried self tanner and they went from being barely noticeable to painfuly obvious.

RiosMom1364758780.143151 PostsRegistered 3/16/2013

When I used to use self-tanner, I would dab a bit of this really thick, waxy body balm on my melasma spots first. It seemed to keep them from absorbing too much self-tanner. It wasnt an ideal solution, but it helped a little.

bikerbabe1364758850.8439880 PostsRegistered 4/10/2007
On 3/31/2013 Desertdi said:

I used it once on my face.....and it turned my barely noticeable acne scars dark brown......took months of exfoliation to get rid of the discolorations. Never again.

we were posting at the same time. that's it exactly. dark brown scars. NOT a good look on my fair skin.

Rowdymom1364760619.513101 PostsRegistered 6/20/2005SE PA

Every self tanner or color adjusting product I've ever tried has accentuated the melasma on my left cheek. I avoid them both like the plague.

blonde/gray, blue-gray, dry combination, neutral beige. WEN, Somerville, Clinique

streetangel1364768163.3736387 PostsRegistered 12/19/2007Near Harrisburg, PA

This thread really caught my eye, because this is the first time I have used a self-tanner on my face (BE's Faux Tan Face) and I noticed yesterday what I thought was a new sun spot on my cheek. It's almost the size of a dime and I NEVER noticed it before -- ever. Now I'm wondering if it wasn't very light, and the Faux Tan Face darkened it!!!!

I may not keep using this stuff.


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equss1364771081.247928 PostsRegistered 7/3/2012

The only self tanner I've used on my face that hasn't caused that problem is Josie Marans Self tanner and Perricone No Sun. Josie's isn't as drying as the Perricone. I usually only use that once or twice a week and then use Josie Marans Bronze oil (awesome product...great color and moisturizing cause it is just the pure argan with minerlas for tint).

smhr1364825515.213828 PostsRegistered 1/16/2012laid back and mellow town USA

How about going with a slightly darker foundation? I recommend something that is sheer and has a sunkissed appeal. IMO, bronzers tend to look muddy or dirty. I don't use self tanners because the spots on my legs and arms show up more.

Tricolor1364826408.0275633 PostsRegistered 4/19/2010Pittsburgh Suburbs

I rarely use self tanner on my face even though I do not have trouble with any dark patches. I do have some freckling on arms and legs and can only use Xen Tan, St. Tropez or Beautisol.

65 year old
Blonde highlights
Dry skin and hair

BESwede1364827021.596218 PostsRegistered 6/4/2007Colorado

I use self tanner on my body all summer, but dont ever use it on my face. Besides it being very noticeable if you dont get an even application, it does darken any existing spots on your face. To avoid this issue, I just use a bronzer powder for my face. My favorites are either BE "A Little Sun" or their "Faux Tan" mineral powder. Just a tiny bit of either gives a very natural look without darkening my exisiting discoloration.

49, very fair, blonde, green eyes, cool "summer" coloring. Combination/sensitive skin. Vegetarian

BLH1364827206.9771675 PostsRegistered 1/21/2009

I don't use self tanner on my face, but it certainly turned lesions on my abdomen a darker color. I have since had them removed and am anxious to see how it works this summer.

Katiesmom1364854537.1671369 PostsRegistered 9/13/2005

Good tips everyone, thanks. I guess I'll continue to use bronzer. I may have to invest in a slightly darker color. I use the inexpensive Rimmel and like it a lot, but I am sure there is better out there.

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