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:
  • Caffeine Intoxication
  • Kidney Disease
  • Rosacea

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:
moderate caffeine supplementation
dark areas under eyes
short-term low-carb dieting
visible veins on face
cysts in breasts
slight eyelid twitch
high diastolic blood pressure
moderate afternoon/evening fatigue
tea consumption
being very easily irritated
medium-term hypertension
... 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
Rosacea 91% Confirm
Caffeine Intoxication 14% Unlikely
Kidney Disease 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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