The Truth Of The Matter: Why Is My Face Darker Than My Body?


Why is my face darker than my body? This question is often asked because people are conscious of the color of their skin. The color of the face is focused on, because it’s the first body part that is noticed by most people.

The truth of the matter will be discussed in this post, so fasten your seat belts and continue reading.

What Causes Dark Skin?

Dark skin is caused by the presence of excess melanin on the skin (hyperpigmentation). Melanin is produced by the skin cells called melanocytes; thus, the more melanin that body part has, the darker that area.

There are some diseases that can cause hyperpigmentation of the skin, such as in Addison disease, in which elbows and skin creases are hyperpigmented.

On the other hand, when there's less melanin present, the skin becomes hypopigmented, and fairer in color.

Why is My Face Darker than My Body?

There are several reasons why your face is darker than your body. This list contains physiological reasons to let you understand more why the skin in your face is darker than the skin of your body.

1. Exposure to Sunlight

When the face is exposed more to sunlight, it becomes darker than the skin color of the other parts of your body. Thus, if you don’t want your face darker than the other parts of your body, protect it from the destructive rays of the midday sun.

Experts had found out that except for the early morning sun, the sun’s rays damages the skin and is one of the major causes of darkened skin, wrinkles and skin cancer.

2. Ultrasensitive Skin

You usually place facial lotions, toners and astringent on your face, so it’s more prone to hypersensitivity. If your facial skin is ultrasensitive, instead of becoming whiter, it may actually become darker.

Thus, watch out for the substances that you apply to your skin. Preferred substances are those that contain Alpha Hydroxy Acid or AHA, and similar products.

3. Natural Facial Color

The darker color of your face may be natural. It’s not because of a disease. Your facial color or undertone falls naturally on the darker shade.

4. Hyperpigmentation

Your facial skin may have an excess of melanin causing its hyperpigmentation. This is a result of the melanocytes’ dysfunction.

5. Acne, Pimples, Scars, Dead Skin Cells

All these can also cause darkening of the facial skin. Hence, you should observe personal hygiene to cleanse your face of these unwanted conditions. In some cases, facial hair can cause darkening of the face.

6. Facial Make-up

It may also be because of your make-up. The facial foundations you have used are not matched up with your skin. Therefore, you have to double check the skin tone before you use.

7. Rosacea

This is a condition in which the face is rose-colored, making it appear darker than the rest of the body.

8. Drugs

Certain drugs that contain minocycline can cause hyperpigmentation of the skin.

There are no specific pathological conditions that can cause the darkening of the face. In these cases, the other body parts are usually involved and not only the face.

  • Hemochromatosis - Hyperpigmentation of the skin due to iron overload
  • Hyposecretion of the adrenal glands (Addison’s disease)

Preventive measures and remedies you can do, when your face is darker than your body:

  • Use a sunscreen at least 30 minutes before going out
  • Avoid exposure to direct sunlight
  • Use make-up to cover darker skin
  • Use non-allergenic facial whiteners or peeling agents
  • Use facial moisturizers and cleansers
  • Observe proper facial care
  • Observe a healthy lifestyle
  • Match the facial foundation used on your face with that of the other parts of your body


I have answered the question: Why is my face darker than my body? The darkening of your face is not particularly connected with pathological reasons. So, relax and take it easy.

All you have to do is to follow the preventive measures and remedies above and eventually, your facial skin will return to normal.

Do you have the same condition? How did you resolve it? You may want to share your experience with our readers. Feel free to do so.


Hello everyone! I’m glad to have you here. I’m a medical technologist by profession. My second love is writing. So, I’m focusing on providing content to help other people with their health problems. I hope I can be of help to you.

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