How white spots on face occur
White spots on face occurring after skin tanning is not an uncommon issue. In fact, this skin disorder gets more common during summer, where the weather is hot, temperature raises, and people get exposed to sun exposure excessively. Similar to some other skin disorders, white spots or patches on face are resulted from Staphylococcus infestation. Staph bacteria resides on our skin and should not be harmful. However, changes undergone by the skin may cause the bacteria to thrive, causing overpopulation. This breakout leads to various skin disorders, including white spots or patches that are visible on facial skin.
Excessive sun exposure leads to skin infection that blocks the cells—melanocytes from producing melanin—the pigment of the skin. As a result, the affected area of the skin gets discolored compared to the tanned one
When you have the other area tanned, the spots become even more noticeable. This is possible since the thriving bacteria residing on the affected area acts like sunscreen and hence, blocks the area from getting tanned due to sun exposure.
Treating white spots on face from sun
Despite its appearance, white spots on face from sun are not contagious. In order to deal with this condition, it is important to first take care of the causal bacteria or fungus causing the infection. Once the thriving fungus is eliminated, your skin ability to produce melanin gets back. Hence, the affected area will eventually gain its original complexion color.
To get rid of fungus and bacteria causing facial white spots after tanning, you are advised to:
- Wash you affected parts of the skin with gentle saline solution. Saline solution is natural antibacterial agent you can made from mixing a cup of warm water and a teaspoon of Epsom salt. Use this solution to wash the affected skin area. Saline solution fights infesting bacteria and fungus to reduce the effects of infection and prevent secondary infections.
In addition to saline solution, medicated or antibacterial shampoo can also be used. First, make a solution consist of one part of antidandruff shampoo and four parts of water. Wash the affected parts of the skin and rinse off with water.
- Apply antifungal or antibacterial creams consisting selenium sulfide, an active compound that helps get rid of fungus and bacteria thriving on the skin. Apply a thin layer of your selected cream onto the white spots or patches to treat the infections. It is best to apply the cream right after taking a bath, when your skin is supple and therefore, absorb applied skin perfectly. Perform this regiment regularly until you notice progress on the treated skin area.
- Apply Vaseline on the affected skin area. Vaseline will inhibit bacteria from reproducing vigorously and eventually promote faster skin cell regeneration, which is beneficial for the entire healing process.
- Protect your skin from excessive sun exposure, as this may aggravate the infections and to be worse, cause formation of white spots and patches on other area of your facial skin. When going outside, especially during hot summer, wear brimmed hat and/or scarf that perfectly cover your exposed skin.
- If you have sunburn, immediately apply aloe vera gel all over the affected parts of the skin. This is a great home remedy that controls fungal and bacterial growth while maintaining skin’s natural oil. Aloe vera gel is a recommended treatment for rashes and other skin infections, including white spots on face from sun.
Reducing visibility of white spots on face cannot be done instantly. Thus, you are going to require sometime. Meanwhile, you need to maintain entire skin health, so that faster healing can be promoted. During this time, make sure you do not have your skin over-exposed to the sun. You will also need to perform your chosen treatments continuously and consistently. You can also use home remedies beneficial for this skin disorder.
However, always pay attention to your skin characteristics, as some treatments and remedies may carry side effects that may instead trigger irritation and may lead to secondary infections. This may not only delay healing, but may also lead to some other skin disorders.