Monday, January 3, 2011

How to Remove Dark Pigmentation

How to Remove Dark Pigmentation

How to Remove Dark Pigmentation


Having dark spots on your body or on your face can cause self-consciousness about your skin. Dark areas are caused by hyperpigmentation, which occurs when some areas of the skin have more melanin than others, according to MedlinePlus. Dark areas can appear as dark circles or age spots. Skin irritation, overexposure to the sun or medications can worsen dark spots. A variety of solutions are available to treat dark spots and even out your skin tone.

Step 1

Visit your doctor's office to discuss the root of the problem. Ask your physician about possible causes for dark spots. Address any of your regular habits that may make dark spots worse like tanning.

Step 2

Limit exposure to the sun. Overexposure to ultraviolet rays can make dark areas darker. Wear broad-spectrum sunscreen to protect the skin from UVA and UVB rays, suggests the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology.

Step 3

Use an over-the-counter skin beaching cream. Look for a cream that contains hydroquinone, which slows down melanin production, as the active ingredient, notes the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology. Apply cream to dark areas to help even out your complexion.

Step 4

Visit your doctor to request a prescription-strength bleaching cream if over-the-counter products don't work. Ask about using prescription creams that contain twice the amount of hydroquinone than over-the-counter versions. Doctors may prescribe creams with tretinoin for more severe cases, according to

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