Friday, July 10, 2015

Treating Keyshia's Hyperpigmentation


School Girl Keyshia (the boxed doll shown above) arrived in February 2014 with a few dark spots on her arms and hands, some of which were captured in this image taken shortly after she arrived.  These were discovered after removing her black velour jacket, which I suspected then was the staining culprit.

Keysia was one of the students in my Dear Miss Conley post (see her in the 2nd photo in back near the chalk board and in the 4th photo in front of Bob in the Conley post).  Before photographs for that post were taken, she had continued to wear her black jacket.  I removed the jacket for the "Dear Miss Conley" photographs because most of the children were dressed in lightweight fabrics, and I didn't want Keyshia to "feel" out of place.  After removing the jacket, I discovered she had what would be diagnosed as hyperpigmentation in humans, which is caused by an increased amount of melanin in the affected areas.  Dark spots were all over the inner and outer areas of Keyshia's arms.  Totally disgusted by this (without taking a photo), I immediately applied a copious amount of extra strength acne cream to these areas after she received her unjust imaginary punishment from Miss Conley.




With acne cream-applied arms and hands, Keyshia stands on the kitchen windowsill facing the outside to expose these areas to indirect sunlight.

Keyshia remained on the kitchen windowsill for approximately two weeks.

As shown in the first windowsill photo, Keyshia patiently stood on the kitchen windowsill to allow the sun (on the days we were blessed with it) to aid the active ingredient in the acne cream to fade the spots.  Because Keyshia's arms are rigid plastic, it took approximately two weeks for the 10% benzoyl peroxide to completely fade the stains.  When treated with the same ointment, it usually only takes a few days to a week for stains to fade from softer vinyl.

After Treatment
"Look, Mom, no more stains!"




As illustrated above.  All except one small spot on her right forearm has faded.  Had I allowed the cream to remain on for perhaps another week or so, that area would have faded as well.

Keyshia and her family

With stain-free arms and hands, Keyshia has now rejoined her sister and father on the cubbyhole of my personal desk where they are usually displayed.  (Special Day Keyshia is elsewhere in the doll room.)

This Keyshia will not be allowed to wear that black velour jacket ever-ever-ever again.

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12 comments:

  1. Hi Debbie, I'm happy for Keyshia. I didn't know how useful acne cream could be on stained dolls. Thank you so much for this tip.
    Arlette

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    1. Thank you Arlette. Yes, acne cream that contains benzoyl peroxide, preferably 10%, works like a charm in removing ink and other stains from vinyl. I keep a tube on hand. The softer the vinyl the quicker the stain will dissolve. Coupling the treatment with direct sunlight helps fade the stain quicker but you have to watch it very closely as it might lift some of the doll's natural coloring, which is why I chose the windowsill option as opposed to placing Keyshia outside in direct sunlight. I also didn't want any critters to walk off with her either -- we have lots of squirrels and a few stray cats that tend to roam in our backyard.


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  2. Wow, Debbie...good save! I had no idea acne cream would remove stains...thanks as well for sharing this tip. :)

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    1. You're welcome, Farrah Lily -- hope you never need to use it, but if you do, now you know it is an option.

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  3. It is amazing what that cream can do. Great job!

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    1. Thanks, GG! Since it won't work overnight, patience is also required. :-)

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  4. LOL! I can just imagine a cat trotting up the street with a acne cream covered doll dangling from his mouth.

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  5. You are such a wealth of information. I will have to stick this one in my pocket for future use. Loved seeing Keyshia again.

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  6. Keyshia is so beautiful! That's cool the discoloration came off.

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  7. taką rodzinkę bym chętnie i ja przygarnęła -
    zwłaszcza, że Mamuśka też jest odlotowa!

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