Saturday, October 16, 2010

How to Get Rid of Dark Spots on Your Face


Dark spots appear when skin cells produce more pigment than usual. In most cases, this happens in blotchy spots, primarily on the forehead and around the eyes. According to Natural Health magazine, dark spots on the face are caused mainly by sun exposure but can also be produced by hormonal fluctuations and skin inflammation such as eczema or psoriasis.

Step 1

Wear sunscreen at all times, even when it's cloudy, as the sun rays can still shine through enough to affect your skin. Sunscreen will prevent spots from getting even darker and will also protect your skin. Some treatments for dark spots, such as AHA creams and chemical peels, cause skin sensitivity and make you more susceptible to burning.

Step 2

Talk to a dermatologist. While home treatments for dark spots exist, products sold over the counter are usually too mild to make a significant difference. A doctor will be able to evaluate what's the best course of action. If you don't want anything too invasive, ask your doctor for a prescription for hydroquinone, a lightening cream. Hydroquinone is a powerful bleaching agent, so you must apply it only on the dark areas.

Step 3

Try a chemical peel if you're looking for a quicker solution from the doctor. According to, chemical peels can be performed in a number of strengths. If your skin is sensitive, ask your doctor about mild peels, which require no down time and cause only a slight reddening of the skin. Mild peels require several visits before results can be seen.

Step 4

Ask your doctor about more invasive treatments. For very dark spots or if you want faster results, dermabrassion and laser therapy might be able to get rid of the problem in a single visit. Deep invasive treatment will completely remove the upper surface of the skin and will require a more extensive recovery time. Redness, inflammation and pain are common.

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