If there’s anything I absolutely *despise* more than breakouts, it’s the dark spots they leave behind on my face and body. And if you’re also someone who deals with hyperpigmentation, you know just how frustrating skin discoloration can be to cover up and/or treat. Read on to learn about some ways you can fight back.
What causes dark spots on the face?
Dark spots seem to be pretty self-explanatory—they’re spots darker than the rest of your skin—but the causes and treatments can be different. For example, that pimple that left behind a dark acne scar (aka post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation) is a common cause, but injuries, hormones, and sun exposure can all leave your skin with discoloration that may or may not go away on its own.
Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation from acne, injuries, bug bites, or scratches can fade naturally in a few weeks or months, but things like sun damage, chemical peel marks or melasma (hyperpigmentation caused by hormones and sun exposure) will need topical or laser intervention, if you’re trying to get rid of them.
Best Treatments for dark spots?
Fortunately for you (and me), we’ve got a few treatments. The first step to getting rid of dark spots is to stop by a medical spa for a detailed skin analysis that can identify what type of discoloration you’re working with. This will help figure out the cause, and determine the best treatment options for your skin. The cause of the dark spots is an important consideration. Some types of hyperpigmentation are in the very outer layer of the skin, some run deeper. Some will respond to laser treatments, whereas some will be worsened by laser treatments. Depigmentation with chemicals may be appropriate for some, versus depigmentation with laser. Chemical peels versus laser peels offer additional options for treatments. Yet, some dark spots are more appropriate for microneedling treatment sessions. For many people a combination of some or all the various options will offer the best chance for complete recovery.
When you are ready tp get rid of dark spots and even out your skin tone, visit us at AnewSkin MedSpa in DC