Is Having Pale White Skin Dangerous?

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From a young age I had pale white skin, my friend said that people who have pale white skin are at higher risk of developing skin cancer. Is that true? And some say that when old people who have pale white skin will develop brown spots on their skin. And does this pale white skin have anything to do with lack of red blood cells? Please send information!

1 Answer:

Hello Sabila,


Thank you for the question.

A person's skin color is influenced by many factors, mainly genetic, sun exposure, skin care performed, and many other factors. White skin is certainly different from pale skin. If your skin is simply white, not pale, this condition is not dangerous and you don't need to worry too much. You are said to be pale if your white skin is associated with anemia (low blood hemoglobin), for example due to bleeding, lack of iron, lack of folic acid, lack of vitamin B12, spinal cord disorders, malignancy, hemolytic anemia, and so on. Usually, white skin due to this condition does not appear alone, but is accompanied by weakness, fatigue, frequent drowsiness, difficulty concentrating, even heart palpitations, shortness of breath, and decreased consciousness. Pale can also occur if you are recovering from illness, experiencing hypotension, hypoglycemia, dehydration, panic attacks, excessive anxiety disorders, heart problems, drug allergies, infections, and many other medical conditions.


Having white skin can indeed increase your risk of experiencing several diseases, one of which is skin cancer. It is said from a lot of literature, that low melanin content in white people makes you less protected from UV radiation which is vulnerable to trigger the formation of cancer cells in the skin. But actually, skin cancer can occur in people of any skin color, not only white people.


In line with the above, brown spots on the skin can actually happen to people of any skin color. It's just that, in white people, brown spots on the skin will certainly be more easily seen so it feels more disturbing. These brown spots can be caused by sun burn, blackheads, folliculitis, milia, lentigo, post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, nevi, and so on.


If there are no complaints that you experience relating to the condition of your skin that is white, better, you do not have to worry too much. To keep your skin healthy, you only need to improve your personal hygiene by taking regular showers, regularly washing your hands, using clean, soft clothing, and not littering with dirt. Not only that, do not forget to use a moisturizer and sunscreen when going to work, skin nutrition from the inside by drinking and eating foods that have a balanced nutritional value, adequate sleep, and do not carelessly use skin care products without consulting a doctor or dermatologist first.


Hope this helps ...

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