Spots, Hyperpigmentation, Melasma, Pregnancy Spots, Sun Damage. They go by many names, but it’s all relatively the same. It’s the pigmentation of the skin that causes visible dark patches and freckles on the skin. Know the best surprising facts about dark spots.
1. Dark Spots are often confused for other Common Terms.
They are often referred to as: spots, sun spots, pregnancy spots, brown spots, sun damage.
Dark spots are made by melanocyte cells overreacting to UV sun damage, hormones, the environment, inflammation, and genetics.
2. The Number #1 cause of Dark Spots is the Sun.
Overall, the sun is the main cause of dark spots. UVA and UVB Light that comes from the sun causes melanocyte cells in your skin to produce more pigment. In simple terms: More sun, More Spots.
3. Dark Spots can be removed, but it Takes Time.
‘There is no such thing as an ‘Overnight Dark Spot Miracle Cream’
Some dark spots may be reduced forever by using the proper products and with lifestyle changes. These spots usually are lighter and have only been present for a short time.
Dark spots that are darker and have been around for a while can improve. But remember, they can easily come back. Especially if you are prone to dark spots, the natural causes of aging will bring them back over time.
4. Dark Spots can be reduced
If you’ve tried products in the past and have seen little or no results, or, if you’ve tried a lot of products, consider this: Every product uses a different scientific approach. Remember, there is no magic cure. It can take weeks to months to reduce spots.
Results will differ from person to person. Your best option is choosing a powerful, scientifically-developed routine and sticking to it.
5. You probably aren’t using enough Sunscreen
Did you know you should wear sunscreen before you drive in the car? What about when you are inside on a sunny day? Even cloudy days? These statements are all true.
If you suffer from dark spots, it’s especially important to apply sunscreen throughout the day. UV rays can penetrate clouds. They bounce off walls. They are all around us. That’s why you should always wear sunscreen every day, even if you’re indoors.
6. Higher SPF doesn’t mean less spots
The more time you spend in the sun, the more prone your skin will be to dark spots. While higher SPF prevents UV rays from damaging the skin, it can’t block all of it. If you suffer from spots, limit your time of sun exposure. It’s also important to protect your skin with other protective measures. Wear a hat that shades your face or bring an umbrella next time you go to the beach.
7. You shouldn’t Spot treat Dark Spots
The dermatologist’s instinct is to treat the affected area. But your face is not like a shirt with a stain. If you’re suffering from dark spots, chances are they could pop up anywhere on your face. The best solution is to find a Dark spot treatment mask with powerful natural ingredients and use those products on your entire face.
8. Stay away from Hydroquinone.
If used improperly, hydroquinone can make your dark spots come back even darker. So always be careful.
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I’m a Dermatologist, Scientist and the founder of ANJALI MD Skincare. I want to brighten your skin with our skincare – and brighten your day with this blog. Tips, tricks and news on dermatology, skincare, the beauty industry and the fun parts of life.