Here is Why Your Face is Darker Than Your Body

face darker than body

Everyone fancies a glowing look, especially when your whole body is more glistening than your face. But sometimes, trying everything renders you nothing but frustration. While one’s pursuit of happiness should not be fair or dark complexion, owning a face darker than the body can be distressing. It makes you think that you are doing something amiss with your skin. 

It is entirely normal for your face to be a bit darker than the rest of your body because of its sensitivity and endurance against environmental factors like sunlight and pollution. However, when it goes dull beyond normal, you shouldn’t overlook it. Maybe your face is generating more melanin due to the specific reasons mentioned below.

At SkinVeteran, we believe in helping our readers maintain healthy and youthful skin through experts’ opinions and referencing well-reputed studies. Today, we will break down the facts about why your face is darker than the rest of your body. So, let’s dive in!

Why is my Face Darker Than the Rest of My Body?

Intrinsically, face skin is more sensitive than the rest of your body. In addition, it is also constantly exposed to the sunlight. Therefore, it is normal for the face to be on the bit darker side. 

However, when it gets darker than it should in normal circumstances, the situation may have some underline cause. It may be some medical causes or environmental factors to spur melanin production and result in a face darker than the body.

So, if you perceive a significant color difference between your face and body, any of the following factors may have been stirring it up.

1. Prolonged Sun Exposure

The most common cause of the variation between the face and the remaining body’s color is overexposure to sunlight.

Melanocytes elicit more melanin to protect your skin from detrimental UV rays. Eventually, your face turns darker due to excessive melanin build-up.

As our face is more exposed to the Sun than any other body part, it is more likely to get darker. People from white color ethnic backgrounds rarely get skin tanning because their bodies genetically produce less melanin. Instead, they get sunburns.

2. Drug-Induced Pigmentation

According to studies, any of the following medications can induce pigmentation of your face

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory, 
  • Antimalarial
  •  Cytotoxic drugs

These medications increase melanin production, and in some cases, cause cutaneous inflammation. Also, they enhance skin photosensitivity which results in extra melanin output.

So, if you are taking any drug of these classes for some time now, mentioned medications can make your skin, chances are that it is prompting melanin to mount on your face.

3. Frequent Inflammations

Various pieces of research have demonstrated that about 90 percent of the world’s population experiences acne (a type of inflammation) in some part of their life. Also, in 20 percent of cases, acne results in severe scarring and pigmentation. 

Inflammatory dermatosis is a broad term commonly used for several types of inflammations. And post-inflammatory pigmentation (darkening) is likely to occur, more prominently in people already with dusky skin.

So, if your face frequently manifests inflammation of any kind (acne, lupus, eczema), more likely it will be a bit darker than the remaining of your body.

4. Melasma

Melasma is a widespread skin ailment in which hyperpigmentation spells dark patches all over the face. While there can be multiple causing factors of melasma, the most prevalent one is hormonal imbalance.

As women go through pregnancy and menstruation cycles, they are more likely to encounter hormonal imbalances. As a result, women suffer more melasma cases than men.

Treatment for a Face Darker than the Body

Before endeavoring any treatment, you must know the underlying cause of your condition. We will suggest you visit a dermatologist and get your skin examination done. Also, you can evaluate it at your home, but an expert can always handle the situation better than you. In this way, you will be able to get rid of pigmented face permanently.

However, in any case, the following option will greatly help you to reduce darkening and melanin production on your face.

1. Face Lightening Creams

These creams are prescribed as over-the-counter (OTC) treatments against hyperpigmentation. They contain the following ingredients that work to reduce melanin production.

  • Hydroquinone ( depigmentation ingredient)
  • Kojic Acid
  • Licorice Extract
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin B3

All of these ingredients work in one way or another to halt the excessive melanin synthesis. Like the famous depigmentation agent, kojic acid inactivates tyrosine kinase (enzyme). It is a crucial enzyme for melanin production.

You can buy any prescribed lightening cream at your next drug store run and start applying once or twice daily. They work efficiently against melasma and sun tanning.

2. Chemical Peels

Chemical peeling is a procedure in which a mixture of organic acids is applied to your face. It causes the removal of the upper of the skin, thereby replacing it with a fresher layer.

Chemical peels for face darker than body
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Also, it induces your skin to produce normal melanocytes that generate less melanin than those cells damaged by sunlight or hyperactivated by hormonal imbalance.

There are different types of chemical peeling, varying in their efficacy and possible side effects. If you further want to know about them, read this article.

3. Microdermabrasion

It is an alternative procedure for chemical peels. Microdermabrasion is a minimally invasive technique employed to cause the replacement of worn upper layer of skin with a new youthful layer.

During the procedure, expert sprays tiny crystals (aluminum oxide most commonly used) on your face that causes minimal damage to the upper layer of your skin. As a result, this injury induces the body to accelerate collagen production and substitute pigmented damaged skin with a new one.

Specialists carry out the procedure at aesthetic centers, and you have to undergo 2 to 3 sessions of it for significant improvement.

4. Laser and Ultrasound Skin Therapy

Both of these procedures are being employed widely for getting rid of hyperpigmentation and darkening of the face. They should be used only if topical agents and chemical peels have failed in producing promising results. After analyzing your skin condition, an expert can recommend any of these options.

laser therapy for hyperpigmentation

In laser skin therapy, the expert applies a specific wavelength of light to induce collagen production and evacuation of the upper layer of skin, called the epidermis.

Ultrasound therapy does the same, but its course of action is different. Here, instead of light, specific frequency waves are adopted to accomplish the goal.

If you find these procedures useful for your darker face than the rest of your body, visit a board-certified dermatologist.

5. Microneedling for Pigmented Face

Microneedling has recently garnered a lot of popularity as a modality against loose skin, aging face, stretch marks, scarring, and hyperpigmentation. It is an effective and innocuous technique where specialized tools carrying multiple microneedles cause micro-injuries to your skin. You can also couple this technique with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) for achieving even better results.

Consequently, your body recognizes the self-induced micro-injuries as damage and ignites the repairing mechanism. Your upper layer of skin will be removed and replaced with a fresh, vibrant, and glowing one.

microneedling for different face color than body

While there are multiple DIY microneedling tools out there on the market, we suggest you visit an expert. It is because any mishandling by you can cause negative repercussions like severe scarring of the skin.

Home Remedies For a Face Darker than Body

When it comes to hyperpigmentation, home remedies are not the ultimate solution. However, they can help in reducing the darkening notably.

There are different types of DIY remedies, but all of them do not work for everyone. Yet, trying all of them is not going to cause any side effects.

1. Apple Cider Vineger

Apple cider vinegar contains a good amount of acetic acid, which according to the study, helps in lighten the pigmentation. Employ the following steps to try this remedy.

  • Mix equal quantities of apple cider vinegar and water in a container
  • Apply it over your dark (pigmented) face
  • Leave it on face for 5 to 7 minutes
  • Rinse it with tepid water
  • Applying it 2 to 3 times daily proffer good results

2. Green Tea Extract

Research evaluating the efficacy of natural depigmentation agents found that green tea extract can help brighten your comparatively darker face than your body. It acts to inhibit the activity of melanin synthesizing enzyme (tyrosinase).

  • Put a green tea bag in the boiled water for four minutes
  • Now take it out from the water and let it cool — you would not like to hurt your skin
  • Moderately rub green tea back over your face in a circular manner
  • Repeat it twice daily for better results

Wrapping Up

While it is entirely normal for your face to be a bit shady than the rest of your body, it can get significantly darker due to various reasons like sun tanning and hormonal imbalance. Therefore, looking for a good depigmentation agent and curing the cause of hyperpigmentation will substantially improve your face color. As a best practice and for your safety, always discuss it with your physician before using any medication.