(Closed) Pale girls, I need help!

posted 8 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
529 posts
Busy bee

I have this too! One salon suggested a veil that covered most of my upper arms. I would not suggest tanning! KP duty worked ok for me but it was so expensive and I had to keep using it for it to keep working. Because kp is caused by clogged hair follicles, I have heard waxing helps some people. If the uneveness in skin tone is what is bothering you you can cover it up with makeup. One thing that DID NOT work for me was build-a-tan lotion….that was a disaster! Interested to see what other people put…this is the biggest “beauty problem” I am worried about on my wedding day. I also have a form of it on my face but can use makeup to cover that up.

Post # 4
7975 posts
Bumble Beekeeper


This stuff is a life saver!

I cannot tan for the life of me. My skin turns red. Not burned, just … red. Instead of a nice golden brown like it’s supposed to. BUT the jergens lotion – which really is lotion with just a hint of color – darkens me up a bit. I love it! It doesnt look fake orange like tanning lotion would, it more just kind of takes away the purple underhue to my skin and makes me look like a ‘normal’ skinned person would after spending a few hours in the sun.

Takes a few days to start noticing a result, and tops out after maybe ten days, but I use it all summer and it seriously boosts my self esteem so so so much!

Post # 5
514 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I have issues with the skin on my arms too, for different reasons, so I’m wearing opera-length gloves during the ceremony and a bolero jacket during the reception.

You have time to experiment with different creams and scrubs.  Maybe you could visit a dermatologist or other professional for some advice?

You’re right not to tan, especially fake-bake!  It’s just not good for you.  Pale is the new tan.

By the way, reddish skin and all, you look absolutely stunning and glowing in that gown!  If you would walk down the aisle the way you look now people would be awestruck by that gorgeous bride!

Post # 6
2829 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I really don’t think your arms look that bad, at first glance (had I not read the details) I would have thought you were just sun burnt.

A friend of mine has KP, and uses a cream her doc recommended/prescribed, it works wonders, you wouldn’t even know it. I’ll ask her what the name is.

I’m in the same boat, I burn, I don’t tan, but, no melanoma for me(as I am no sun worshiper)!

Post # 7
277 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

You look fine! I am pale as well and do have a redish tint at times on my arms. I’m just going with the flow, I am who I am and my fiance knows I’m pale and proposed to me, so why spend a ton of money trying to figure out a way to “fix” myself?

We’re our own biggest critics, I know I always say that I have a redish tint to my face and arms but my best friends tell me I’m crazy and don’t know what I’m talking about. It looks much worse to ourselves in the mirror than it does to anyone else, trust me, you look gorgeous. πŸ™‚

Post # 8
979 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I was exactly in your boat before my wedding.  I am also very pale and have KP on my arms.  I tried the KP Duty lotion, as well as AmLactin and about three other types of lotions at different times in the year I was engaged, but NOTHING worked.  I tried exfoliating and every other kind of treatment I read about but by the time my wedding rolled around it was still there.  So I gave up and covered it up with the same powder I used on my face and you can’t even see it in the pics!  And ever since the wedding I have just left my arms alone and they look better than ever, so I think all of those products just made it worse.  πŸ™

Post # 8
1020 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

go get an airbrush tan!!!!! it’s sooo much better than a spray tan!! i have rosecea and it really evens out my skin tone and i have NEVER looked orange from it. it’s more expensive than spray tanning but it looks awesome.

Post # 10
4382 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!

exfoliate with a salicylic acid scrub religiously! it will fade them. πŸ™‚

Post # 11
767 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I second what scissors said- exfoliate to try and make your skin smoother and more even. My mom uses that Jergens natural glow stuff that someone else recommended and she never looks orange or anything like that all.

Also- I didn’t notice your arms at all. I think you posted this picture to a dress related post?? and I didn’t notice your skin color being off AT ALL. 

Post # 12
35 posts
  • Wedding: July 2011

Really you look gorgeous and don’t need to worry!

But here is a really random suggestion. I have always had little red bumps on my arms and the only thing that made them go away was when I went to a Hammam in Morocco. It’s like a steam room with a large woman yelling at you in Arabic and alternating scrubbing you all over with black soap (savon noir) and a scratchy mitten and dumping buckets of water on your head. I think you can also find these kinds of things in spas but I’ve never been and imagine it might be a bit expensive. If you have time to test this before the wedding I’d give it a shot!

Post # 13
204 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I have KP too and have been treating it for years and Paula’s Choice 2% BHA lotion is the best and cheapest I have found. Better than KP duty. Also, just use some cover-up or foundation on your arms to cover the redness. I do it all the time (including on my wedding day) and it looked great in my pictures.

Post # 14
185 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@blondeeebuckeye: I must agree. The airbrush tan is great. Mine has never looked orange and I am extremely white. I get the lowest level (they call it level 1) and it is just a shade darker than I am but it makes all the difference. My skin has a yellowish tint to it so light colors make me look greenish, the tan makes me look normal. It lasts about a week if you exfoliate before and lotion after every shower. 

Post # 15
88 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’m really pale too, and never wanted any sort of tan, real or fake. But, my then-boyfriend and I went on a cruise a few months back (where he proposed! πŸ™‚ ) and I really didn’t want to blind everyone on the boat. My mom finally convinced me to get a mystic tan and I just knew I would turn orange. I got the clear solution in the lightest shade, which meant it didn’t show up for a few hours.

Once it did show up, it looked totally natural! I was shocked! You really couldn’t tell that I had tanned, unless you saw the tan lines. I just looked “normal” for once. πŸ™‚ The only part that looked orange was my hands, because I didn’t put enough of the cream on that blocks the solution. I plan to get another for my wedding.

Just a suggestion. πŸ™‚

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