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One of the most challenging skin problems for people of color is the appearance of dark spots on face. Dark spots on skin result from an accumulation of dark pigment underneath the skin, which can occur during any period in your life – from the time of birth through your golden years. Although dark spots are problematic for people of all skin colors, skin discolorations are especially dramatic on black skin and brown skin because of the high levels of melanin present. The first step in managing dark spots is understanding what causes them – and then using the right treatments to keep dark spots in check.
The clinical term for dark spots on skin is hyperpigmentation. Hyperpigmentation is, literally, excessive pigmentation or darkening of the skin. Hyperpigmentation dark spots are caused or triggered by a variety of factors, including:
· Sun exposure
· Oral medications
· Medical conditions
· Skincare products
· Chemical peels
· Laser hair removal
· Laser resurfacing
Dark spots can appear brown, black, gray, blue, or even blue-black on black skin or brown skin. Typically, dark spots appear on the face, but they can emerge anywhere on the neck, back and legs.
Once dark spots on skin appear, they can take weeks, even months or years, to fade on their own. For people of color, dark spots caused by acne breakouts typically take an average of four months to fade without treatment.
It may not be possible to avoid dark spots completely, but what you do to prevent them can be the difference between having a chronic problem and a problem you have from time to time.
Here are 5 effective ways to prevent dark spots:
Most treatments of dark spots focus on evening out your skin tone. But it's important to understand that if you don't treat the underlying problem, dark spots on skin will reappear again and again. So, if you have acne, you need to treat it. If you're using new skincare products that irritate your skin, stop using them. If you tend to spend hours in the sun, use sun protection and wear protective gear such as a hat, visor and sunglasses. If you have a skin problem like eczema, see your dermatologist for treatment before using any products that lighten dark spots.
Once you have the underlying cause or trigger controlled, you can start focusing on a skin treatment that gently helps to fade dark spots and restores a beautiful, even complexion.
Look for skincare products containing the following ingredients, which can be effective for lightening or fading dark spots on skin:
Remember, getting rid of dark spots on face requires a comprehensive approach of prevention, diagnosis of underlying problems and use of a gentle but effective treatment.