Beauty Questions? Ask Dr. Irwin
- Darker Neck Color

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Reader’s Question

My neck is of a darker tone than face and shoulder area, despite I apply the same products on face to my neck.

I’ve tried scrubbing my neck on a daily basis but it doesn’t seem to help much.

What can I do to achieve same skin tone from face to body?

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Dr. Irwin’s Answer

Okay – I hate to tell you this but the daily scrubbing is making the color darker. If you scrub your neck daily, it creates enough irritation that it activates the cells that make pigment to make even more! Neck skin is more sensitive than facial skin. Please stop the scrubbing today! At the drugstore buy some hydrocortisone 0.5% and use it once a day for one week only – no longer. And, in the morning apply a good sunscreen with at least 5% zinc in it to your neck.  At night, apply a good moisturizer –  Cetaphil cream is fine but others are okay too as long as they are nice and thick and don’t irritate you. If any product seems to irritate your neck, stop it and find something that is soothing. After about 2-4 weeks, you should see improvement. If you don’t, you may need help from a Dermatologist. Here is a link to more information on neck and chest issue: http://www.skintour.com/guide-to-cosmetic-areas/neck-and-chest-issues.

Best,
Dr. Irwin

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