Irregular Pigmentation

If dark skin splotches or irregular skin spots are undesirable to you, you are not alone. Hyper-pigmentation, often known as “sun spots” or “liver spots” is a common dermatologic problem for many individuals. In this condition, patches of skin become darker in color than the normal surrounding skin.

Why Do Dark Skin Spots Occur?
While some may have this condition at a very young age, others may have dark skin spots occur later on in life by sun exposure or injury to the skin. Irregular skin pigmentation can impact all ages, races and skin types, although darker skin tones are more likely to be affected.
This irregular pigmentation can appear as brown spots or dark patches on your face, arms, chest, or hands. They occur when an excess of melanin, the pigment that produces skin color, forms deposits in the skin. Excessive exposure to the sun, acne, genetics and hormonal changes can cause hyper-pigmentation or cause them to worsen.


How to Prevent Dark Skin Spots
While not all skin pigmentation problems can be avoided, you can follow preventative measures to control and reduce dark skin spots from forming. Be sure to use adequate sunscreen regularly and follow a proper acne care routine. If prescription medication, such as some forms of birth control, are contributing factors, talk to your doctor about other options.


How to Treat Hyper-Pigmentation
Dark skin spots are not harmful and can be treated in a number of ways by your local Radiant Complexions skin care specialist. Schedule an appointment for a consultation and they can make recommendations about a variety of options ranging from topical skin care creams to microdermabrasion and chemical peels. It is important to always get a professional consultation before pursuing professional skin care treatment to make sure you get a proper diagnosis, to discuss treatment options that are best for you and to make sure that any potential melanomas are not missed.
If you’re concerned about the appearance of dark skin spots or irregular pigmentation on your skin, call your local Radiant Complexions Dermatology expert for a consultation. Same day appointments are available!