There’s a lot of people out there who think they’re fair-skinned, but what they really have is a skin condition called “fair-skinned hyperopia.”
The condition is an exaggerated version of your natural skin tone that makes your skin appear darker or lighter.
You’re more likely to see fair-complexioned people in the media.
“It’s the same thing as having a fair complexion, but with more red,” says dermatologist Dr. Michael J. Johnson, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
“People who are hyperpigmented, which is what we call fair-pigmentation, tend to have more fair-skinned hyperopia, which means they have more redness in their skin.”
When you have fair skin, your skin tone is very reflective of your skin color.
You’ll look like a darker version of yourself, which may or may not be the case.
If you’re worried that you may be exhibiting fair-sensitive skin, you can test for the condition yourself and see how it affects your skin.
“You can just take a standard complexion test and see if you have a fair-sensitivity skin condition,” Johnson says.
“A skin test for fair-related hyperopia is actually really simple and inexpensive.”
Fair-sensing people can have the condition for years without realizing it.
If they do, it’s likely to be fairly mild and easily treatable with the right treatment.
Johnson says you’ll likely need to do some gentle, non-destructive treatments, such as using a sunscreen and a moisturizer.
“Fair-sensitized people are often treated with an over-the-counter topical cream,” he says.
Johnson advises that the most effective treatment for fair skin is a combination of cream and cream and moisturizer, and is also recommended for people with fair-to-moderate skin tone.
The Mayo Clinic also offers a short-term treatment for the syndrome, which it describes as a temporary loss of normal pigment in the skin.
The condition can be treated by applying a combination cream and mineral oil, which can help the skin absorb the excess pigments.
To help the symptoms ease, try using a face mask and moisturizing face cream and apply a face shield or sunscreen daily.
“If you’re having problems with fair skin sensitivity, you might want to talk to your dermatologist about treating it,” Johnson adds.