Facial Coloring Prior To Suntan

What Causes Dark Or Pale Face Color?

Dark or pale face color can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'minor' to 'life-threatening'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose dark or pale face color, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "dark or pale face color" as a symptom.  Here are three possibilities:
  • Rosacea
  • Kidney Disease
  • Caffeine Intoxication

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
a very enlarged nose
long-term low-carb dieting
abnormal taste in mouth
jaundiced skin
frequent nighttime urination
having lost many adult teeth
cysts in breasts
frequent red eyelids
pain medication use
coffee consumption
major steroid use
dark areas under eyes
... and more than 30 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of dark or pale face color:
Cause Probability Status
Caffeine Intoxication 93% Confirm
Kidney Disease 19% Unlikely
Rosacea 5% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the Skin-Related Symptoms section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about facial coloring prior to suntan:
What is your facial coloring prior to suntan, compared to others of your race, or family members?
Possible responses:
→ Noticeably pale
→ Slightly pale
→ Average / don't know
→ Slightly dark
→ Noticeably dark, pink, flushed or ruddy
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate pale facial coloring, dark facial coloring or dark/flushed facial coloring, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Kidney Disease

Pale skin is a possible symptom of kidney disease.

... and also rule out issues such as:
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