Why am I suddenly getting dark spots on my skin?
If you notice some dark spots or discoloration on your skin, you may have what is referred to as hyperpigmentation. There are many causes behind the discoloration but it is usually harmless. Hyperpigmentation can be caused by:
Dark spots can also be classified as what is called post inflammatory hyperpigmentation. This type of hyperpigmentation is caused by psoriasis, burns, or acne. Sun always makes dark spots worse, especially if you live in Houston.
How do I get rid of it? How can I avoid more hyperpigmentation?
As with most skin concerns, there are treatments for hyperpigmentation that can lighten and even out skintone. Talk to your dermatologist about your specific concerns and see what possible treatments there are. There are several options for treatment such as:
These may all be things that your doctor recommends. Along with treatment you can also stay proactive by preventing any further damage to your skin by avoiding excessive exposure to UV rays. You can accomplish this by wearing sunscreen (as well as reapplying every 2 hours), staying away from tanning beds, and avoid sunbathing.
Remember, don't let your guard down. Even though they can be harmless, skin cancer is always possible and you should have your dermatologist look at any new or changing spots. We even offer Saturday appointments to see our Dermatology patients in Houston.