About Dark Spots

What are dark spots?

Dark spots are a collection of overproduced melanin (the pigment that controls skin colour).  These small dark areas on the skin are caused by sun exposure over a long period of time, they can also result from free radical damage. The UV light from the sun increases the production of melanin in the skin, causing irregular dark patches to appear.

Advice

How can I prevent dark spots?

The best and only way to prevent dark spots is to apply a broad spectrum SPF30 or higher sunscreen cream. Apply SPF every day and always apply sunscreen 15 minutes before sun exposure and reapply throughout the day after sweating, swimming or any extreme activity.

How can I manage dark spots?

There are different ways to manage dark spots. Some people may choose to have laser treatment or chemical peels. Be mindful that these treatments can be expensive and trigger unwanted side effects. Skincare is an effective way of addressing dark spots. It is recommended to choose skincare with specific ingredients that are designed to treat dark spots. It is important to always protect the skin from UV exposure and keep the skin healthy, hydrated and clean.

It is important to keep the skin protected from UV exposure, hydrated and clean (exfoliation). To reduce the appearance of dark spots on the skin, exfoliation and inhibiting melanin production can help manage existing dark spots on the skin.