Do you have dark spots that just won’t go away? Are you looking for information about dark spots and ways to rid yourself or someone close to you of them?
Well you have come to the right place! As people who have suffered with dark spots and were able to overcome them, we have created a resource for you to provide accurate information about dark spots and their removal. We have also created this site as a guide so you’ll be able to select the best dark spot remover that will actually work for you.
The First thing you need to know about dark spots before being able to treat them is how they are caused. Knowing how they are caused can be one of the most important things for you know or learn because it will allow you to prevent the re-occurrence of these spots and could help prevent them altogether.
Here, we will go through the causes and options available to you when choosing a product or remedy to correct dark spots; that way, the treatment does not affect the spots adversely and so the product or remedy does not cause you more damage than the spots themselves.
What causes dark spots?
There are many causes of dark spots (hyper-pigmentation) and they range from being incorporated into a person’s genes all the way through to acne and sun exposure. While some dark spots may be apparent on the skin at birth others will appear over time as different factors are introduced to a person’s skin.
All of the various types of skin pigmentation are caused by some form or another of the following: Skin disease, Genes, Ultraviolet light, Medications, Aging, Acne, Pregnancy, and other forms of disease such as Liver Disease. Skin pigmentation is commonly found on the face, shoulders, hands and legs.
Most forms of dark spots are not immediately life threatening however the different elements that cause them may be, especially in the cases where some form of disease has caused them. Some dark spots on the skin can become cancerous however these spots are treated much differently and will look much darker and, in most cases, larger than those caused by acne or low to moderate sun exposure.
If you suspect a spot on your skin of being cancerous it’s highly recommended to seek a doctor’s council before you seek out a product that will treat it. We recommend this because some of the treatments can increase the severity of those types of spots and actually make them worse instead of effectively treating or removing them. Only a doctor can diagnose what type of spot you may have and if it could be harmful to your health.
The Causes of dark spots and their proper names are listed below with a brief description.
Dark Spot Causes and Medical Names
- Melasma – Skin Discoloration in the form of dark irregular spots on the skin.
- Riehl Melanosis – A pigmentation that is generally received through contact.
- Poikiloderma of Civatte – Red brown patches on the skin.
- Erythromelanosis follicularis – Also Red brown spots on the skin.
- Linea Fusca – Dark spots or rings on the skin and face.
- Estrogens – The primary female hormones used to assist women in their cycles.
- Tetracyclinas – Medications used to treat some skin infection and acne.
- Amidarone – Used to treat patients experiencing life threatening heart rhythm issues.
- Phenytoin – Medication used to treat patients experiencing seizures.
- Phenothiazines – An organic antihistamine used to treat allergies.
- Sulfonamides – Used to treat bacterial infections, effectively, inside the body.
- Ultraviolet light – (aka-sunburn) contains UV rays which can cause dark spots on the skin.
- Solar Lentigo – Also known as “freckles” caused by UV rays from the sun.
- Ephelides – Another form of freckles cause by the sun’s rays.
- Aging – Aging creates dark spots from exposure to the sun and other factors.
- Genes – Certain genes give pigmentation to the skin from birth or later in life.
- Pregnancy – Can create dark spots or lines on the skin.
- Liver disease – Causes skin discoloration as well as dark spots on the skin.
90% of the dark spots on your skin are not life threatening and can be treated. However, if you feel a dark spot on your skin may be cancerous or life threatening a doctor’s council is highly recommended. Once you have received this confirmation from a doctor that the areas of skin are not cancerous or life threatening, you can then seek out the best treatment for them.
Dark spots or hyper-pigmentation is a treatable condition and we have come a long way in the development of those treatments. While most treatments are now made very safe and available, there was a time where you could obtain certain medications or applications without a prescription where today a prescription is required.
The treatments that now require a prescription to obtain contain Hydroquinone which has now been found to be carcinogenic. Products containing Hydroquinone are treatments that effectively remove dark spots from the skin but they should never be used without a doctor’s direction as they can cause cancer.
Not only has Hydroquinone become a means not typically used in the treatment of dark spots on the skin, but there are now many treatments that are just as effective available over the counter today. Along with over the counter treatments there are also many home remedies for dark spots that are very effective in their removal.
Treatments for hyper-pigmentation and dark spots on the skin vary from creams and topical solutions to laser treatment for dark spots to items found right in your kitchen. Generally, when using these solutions there is a process or regimen that needs to be followed for them to be effective and for the desired effects to be achieved.
While most of the treatments available over the counter come with directions on how their products should be used, most creams and topical solutions are applied for a time ranging from 10-15 minutes and then are removed or washed off. Some products are also left on the skin throughout the day or night and are not required to be removed in any specific amount of time.
Home remedies for dark spots can typically be left on for any amount of time and are most effective with more time however, most are not known to be very attractive when they’re left on throughout the day. Different home remedies can be used and left on overnight so that you can wash them off in the morning and proceed with your day with clean and clear skin.
Overall, when you choose the best dark spot remover for your skin, it’s recommended that you do your research and look into the product you decide on. That way you can be completely sure it’s the safest and most effective method you can choose. Many of the home remedies for dark spots are completely natural and carry no risk associated with them except for the occasional skin or food allergy. Home remedies should be the first method you try as they are safer and can be just as effective.
Over the counter products and their ingredients, while very effective, should also be carefully considered as they may contain elements that you could be allergic to. For faster, more effective treatments, generally over the counter products will give you the results your looking for but may carry some type of risk associated with them. For that reason, know the product or products you choose so that you are completely sure they are safe and will help you, not hurt you.
We hope to provide you with a valuable resource in the treatment of dark spots and more in-depth information on products and home remedies for dark spots can be found on some of our other pages. These pages are located in our top and bottom menu and within the context of this page and we hope you will visit them as well.