Dark Spots on Your Face: Causes and Remedies

Dark spots on the skin are typically caused by hyperpigmentation, or the skin in that area forming excess melanin. This typically occurs when the skin in that area has been damaged. In most cases you can remove dark spots by home remedies but sometimes you need to seek medical help.

Causes of Dark Spots on Face

When to See a Doctor

If the dark skin is persistent or gives you any reason to be concerned, you should speak to your doctor. You should also seek medical assistance if you develop loss of appetite, diarrhea, constipation, depression or fatigue along with the dark spots appearing in the mucus membranes or in your mouth.

 

Home Remedies for Dark Spots on Face

1. Sunscreen Cream

Wearing sunscreen cream every time you go outside, even in colder months, can help prevent sun spots from forming on the skin. Put sunscreen cream generously on the face around 30 minutes before going outside so it has a chance to take effect. Also seek out brands that have zinc oxide and titanium oxide as they are more effective.

2. Vitamins

3. Natural Dark “Erasers”

4. DIY Masks

 

Medical Treatments for Dark Spots on Face

1. Laser Therapy

For this treatment, a laser will penetrate the skin in the offending areas and the UV light will be absorbed by the cells, killing them off. This treatment will make the skin look darker at first, but this should fade within a week to reveal clear skin.

2. Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion therapy uses microscopic crystal particles to remove layers of damaged skin, so new, fresh skin can be seen.

3. Chemical Peels

During a chemical peel, your doctor will apply a mild acid concentration to remove the outer layers of the skin. Then a neutralizer will be applied to reveal the skin underneath that was not affected by the excess melanin.

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