How to Remove Dark Spots on Skin

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Some skin types are prone to darker spots. Aging afflicts most skin types with what are called "age spots". No one likes looking less than their best, so here are some ways to deal with those unwanted dark skin blotches and spots.

  • Learn about what causes dark spots on skin. Tyrosinase (a copper containing enzyme) is considered the culprit in the splotches and spots seen on the surface of skin (often called liver spots or sun spots). Most of these spots are caused by sun, aging, hormonal issues, liver problems, poor skin care or harsh chemicals.

  • You've heard this before, but stay out of the sun! Or wear a strong SPF sunscreen and a hat.

  • Exercise and a good diet really does help the condition of our skin by maintaining good liver health, removing toxins and improving circulation. A well-balanced diet improves the functioning of all organs and minimizes the damage of free radicals as we age.

  • Use products with hydroquinone which is a tyrosinase inhibitor. You can buy it over the counter at 2% and higher percentages by prescription.

  • Try using topical vitamin C. It works for some and it can't hurt you in any way.

  • Glycolic acid will remove the superficial layers of skin and can help wear away brown spots. There are both over-the-counter and prescription products available. You can enjoy a glycolic facial at your local spa.

  • Some of these treatments can be used in combination. More severe discoloration may need treatment by your dermatologist with lasers or other more aggressive methods. Always check with your dermatologist when in doubt.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you discover patches of skin that are not normal and familiar, always check with your doctor. There are many minor skin problems that can be treated easily. But you never want to ignore anything that may be more serious. Some very innocent skin eruptions can be an important sign of a dangerous cancer while some really ugly manifestations might be only minor. Don't guess and don't wait. Have your doctor check it out to be sure!
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