Our expert says:
Hi Giving Up On Life, thank you for the question.
My preference for a SPF is Heliocare SPF 50 which is oil free and does not leave a shine once applied. It is only dispensed through doctor’s rooms and your best option would be to phone the suppliers Genop Healthcare at (011) 545 6600 and ask for the closest doctor to you (unless you are in Cape Town as we do supply Heliocare).
The only way to find a suitable self tan is to try it first on a small area and to watch how the skin responds. Every ones skin responds differently to these products so it is difficult to make a precise recommendation.
The VISIA will only aid the diagnosis as it will highlight the depth of pigmentation and show inflammatory processes. It will not differentiate between sun damage, medication or hormonally induced pigmentation but as a general rule your pigmentation is mostly caused by sun exposure (even with short durations such as getting out of one’s car, walking to the mall, picking up kids, etc.). The aggravating factor is most probably the acne with the underlying inflammation. One would need to treat the acne first so that all inflammatory reactions are reduced to a minimum.
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