Homeopathic medicine has shown tremendous result in treatment of sun tanning. Homoeopathy based on symptoms similarity has treated patients with skin tanning. The Colour of the skin depends on melanin and hemoglobin, both in the oxidized and reduced form, and carotenoids found in the keratin and subcutaneous fat. Melanin constitutes the major part of the pigment. Moderate exposure to direct sunlight contributes to the production of melanin and vitamin D by the body, but excessive exposure to ultraviolet rays has negative health effects, including sunburn and increased risk of skin cancer, as well as depressed immune system function and accelerated aging of the skin. Some people tan or sunburn more easily than others. This may be the result of different skin types and natural skin color, and these may be a result of genetics. Skin tanning is the increase in melanin pigmentation of the skin after exposure to sunlight or ultra-violet light from any source. There are two types of reaction which are seen IMMEDIATE PIGMENT DARKENING & DELAYED TANNING. Typically, a sunburn would be considered to be a first or second degree burn (if more severe) from exposure to the radiation of the sun where symptoms may include redness, pain, swelling, warmth of the affected skin, blisters, general fatigue. Itching, peeling or rash may also occur as the condition develops. These sun tanning symptoms can easily be treated with following few of the medicines homoeopathic medicine:
SEPIA OFFICINALIS - Sepia is one the excellent remedies for sun tanned skin. There is yellow-brownish spots on face, especially cheeks, forehead and cheeks and nose. A yellow saddle across the upper part of cheeks and nose. There is dark circle under the eyes. Facial discoloration during pregnancy, after childbirth and menopause. Sepia is suited to persons having dark hair, and rigid fibre.
LYCOPODIUM CLAVATUM - Lycopodium is another effective remedy for sun tanned skin with grayish –yellow discoloration of the face, with blue circles around the eyes. Lycopodium patient always suffer from flatulent complaints. The person likes warm food and drinks. There is a special craving for sweets.
ARGENTUM NITRICUM - Argentum nitricum is prescribed for sun tanned skin where the face looks sunken, old, pale and bluish. Old man’s look, sickly, sunken grayish of muddy colour. Skin is brown, tense and hard.
CADMIUM SULPH - Cadmium sulph is effective for sun tanned skin with yellow stains on nose and cheeks. The color varies from yellowish to brown. The colour gets worse from exposure to sun and wind. Itching of the face.
COPAIVA OFFICINALIS - Copaiva is prescribed for sun tanned skin where brown spots are seen on the fac. Presence of circumscribed lenticular patches with itching. Mottled appearance.
CAULOPHYLLUM THALICTROIDES - Caulophyllum is prescribed where moth spots on forehead with leucorrhea. Discoloration of skin in women with menstrual and uterine disorders. Skin was hot and dry.
THUJA OCCIDENTALIS - Thuja occidentalis is excellent for sun tanned skin where the skin is pale, waxy, shiny, dark under eyes. Nettled with spider like veins. Skin looks diry, dry with brown spots.