Notice any unwanted spots on your face? Dark spots of pigment on the top layers of the skin are never a welcome sign. They’re associated with pretty much every bad thing we can think of: bruises, aging, scars, and sunspots.
None of those are what we want, marking our skin for the long haul, let alone even a few hours.
By understanding what causes these dark patches – even temporarily – we can help prevent them from taking place at all. We can also work to recover or remove existing dark spots on your top layer of skin.
Learn what makes these dark spots tick and start working against them for better healthcare routines. Start learning today to get a headstart on eliminating these dark spots from your skin. This goes for your face as well as the entire body.
Check it out below.
What Are Dark Spots?
First things first, what are dark spots on the skin? Different things can cause them, so you can better eliminate these unwanted features by first knowing what you’re dealing with.
Let’s take a look at some of the things that cause dark spots. This will allow us more information on how to treat them further in the article.
Natural dark spots occur when the body produces more melanin in certain areas of the skin. This causes you to be darker from genetic causes. Some people are born with this hyperpigmentation, and others develop it as they age. This can also be post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
Hyperpigmentation is genetic and can’t be controlled.
If you get dark spots later in life, these are sunspots. This comes from UV light rays that cause your skin to increase the production of melanin in the skin. Sunspots are not genetic but are due to UVA and UVB rays from sun exposure. Though sunspots and hyperpigmentation are caused by different things, they still have similar looks.
Usually, you can tell them apart from when they were introduced.
For instance, if you were born with dark spots, those are hyperpigmentation. Those are sunspots if they show up once you are older or after direct exposure to the sun.
In some cases, you can tell them apart by looking at them (or a trained professional like a dermatologist can see this difference), but it’s not usually necessary.
Liver or Age Spots
Another type of dark spot on your skin is liver spots. Also called age spots, these appear later in life. They are small round spots that vary in shape and size. Age spots are much larger than freckles, but they can increase with sun exposure.
Liver spots are most often found on people with lighter skin tones, as they can more easily show contrast from the skin’s natural hue to darker pigmented areas.
There are additional causes that can bring dark spots to the face, too. Certain illnesses or diseases can cause your skin to darken unevenly or cause types of scarring.
Pregnancy and hormonal changes have also been known to cause dark spots.
How To Treat Dark Spots on the Face
Just because you have dark spots that occurred naturally or overtime doesn’t mean you want to keep them. Check out the different ways you can help cure these dark spots and prevent future ones from forming on your face. (Or other parts of the body.)
Check out these steps to reduce dark spots on your face and other parts of the body.
Laser Treatments and Peels
One way to help reduce dark skin spots is through facial treatments, like lasers and peels on your top layers of skin. You can perform some of them yourself, but in many cases, effective versions must be done by a professional.
Try scrubs yourself first, and if they aren’t effective, you can consider taking your treatment options to the next level.
If you have dark spots that you would like to have removed, consider talking to a dermatologist or a skincare professional about your options.
A retinoid is a form of retinoic acid, which has been shown to speed up skin growth and regeneration. It is used in many skincare materials, like serums, lotions, etc. Consider adding an OTC or prescription option to your skincare routine with the Skin-Sentials Set for a way to help regenerate your skin.
You can also talk to a skincare pro about the best solutions for your skincare needs.
Because it comes in many forms, retinoids can be altered to your particular skincare needs. Use it in a moisturizer, a serum, or an oil that helps add perk and bounce back within your skin.
Vitamins and Extracts
Next, there are natural options that help boost the health of your skin. Look for over-the-counter products that have fruits and vitamins in them. These products can help boost your skin’s health and add nutrients directly to the source.
Test out different products and find what works for your skin to create the best results. Everyone’s skin may respond to different nutrients, so you can find the one that works best for you and your skincare needs.
Look for lotions with pomegranate, citrus fruits with vitamin C, lemon juice, aloe vera gel, and more to help boost the rejuvenation of your skin and reduce dark marks.
Natural remedies like honey, papaya, apple cider vinegar rinses, and more may even help your skin’s texture, remove dead skin cells and acne scars, and soothe your skin’s sensitivity.
First things first, this is a step that is only meant for professionals. Don’t attempt a chemical peel at home. It’s a move that could have dire circumstances. But when booking with a pro, a chemical peel could be the step you need to help remove those dark spots once and for all.
Chemical peels encourage deep cleansing and the removal of dead or damaged skin.
In the case of dark spots, it could mean removing them once and for all. If it doesn’t work (or doesn’t work as well as you would have liked), don’t fret. Facials and chemical peels are still incredibly healthy for the face. Your peel could also lead to future regrowth to hide those dark spots in the future.
Don’t give up on your dark spots. There are plenty of healthy steps that you can take to help make your face young and fresh once again. Getting rid of your old, dead, or damaged skin is one method.
Don’t Forget to Wash!
Keeping your skin fresh and healthy means thorough cleansing. Dirt and grime can get stuck deep into your pores. Say goodbye to extensive cleansing with our About Face double-sided cleansing mitts.
Be sure to clean them out regularly to help keep your skin as healthy as possible. This is especially true for the face, which gains build up more quickly due to makeup and excess oils.
Don’t let your skincare routine cause you additional grief.
Opt for an easy fix that can help keep our skin as healthy as possible. With deep cleansers and exfoliating scrubs, you can give your face the best chance possible at fighting off dark spots.
You may be wondering how a grimy face could cause dark spots - and the short answer is that they don’t do it alone.
Just because your face isn’t cleaned doesn’t mean it will automatically cause dark spots, but it’s one more factor that could contribute. Keeping your face instead can help eliminate the threat of future dark spots being caused.
How To Prevent Dark Spots
One of the best ways to prevent future dark spots from taking hold is proper skincare. Keep your face shielded from the sun as much as possible to avoid future discoloration. This goes for other sensitive areas, like the neck, upper chest, and the back of the hands.
Wear a protective hat when in the sun whenever possible. Meanwhile, opt for the shade as often as you can. Sunscreen is also a must, so be sure to use a higher SPF on your face and neck areas and apply it often.
The better you can protect your skin from the sun, the better you can prevent future dark spots.
Another step in your daily skincare routine is to stay hydrated at all times. Hydrated skin is healthy skin. In fact, the more hydrated your skin, the better it is at regenerating and remaining youthful.
Hydrated skin also hides more wrinkles and dark spots. That means that just by drinking more water (or whatever your hydrating drink of choice may be), you can help your skin look better all on its own.
Youthful, fresher, and smoother skin can be yours simply with the help of better hydration habits.
Moisturize Like Your Life Depends On It
We cannot stress enough just how important it is to keep your skin hydrated through moisture and lotion. Adding a good serum to your daily routine can help your skin absorb and create the moisture it needs to remain healthy at all times.
Remember, this step can help keep your skin looking youthful. Avoid letting it dry out, a move that could potentially cause dark spots to occur.
When all else fails, moisturize and then moisturize again. Cover your face and the entire rest of your body to help keep it hydrated.
There are many causes of dark spots on the skin. Many are naturally born with hyperpigmented sections on their body. Then there are sunspots and liver spots (also known as age spots) that develop over time. These come from both age and exposure to the sun.
However, there are many ways to remove these darkened spots. Remember to keep lotion close to your heart and even closer to your skin. Use it often to help keep your skin as hydrated as possible.
Drinking plenty of water will also keep your body extra hydrated and ready for action before dark spots ever have the chance to form.
It’s also a good idea to avoid the sun whenever possible and layer sunscreen when you’re out in the elements. Extra SPF is also recommended for the face and neck areas.
Peels, exfoliators, and various serums, including those that hold fruit extracts, can also help rejuvenate your skin. Start giving your skin the treatment it deserves today with more moisture and promoting fresh cell growth.
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