When your skin begins to develop dark spots it can be cause for concern. Although most dark spots are harmless, there is the potential for them to serve as an indicator of more serious conditions, and you should consult with your doctor about newly-appearing spots. Even if your doctor determines that you have nothing to worry about with your dark spots, that doesn’t mean you have to leave them untreated. There are a variety of reasons you can develop harmless but unsightly dark spots on your skin, and the good news is there is a simple treatment to make them go away.
The Sun is Not Your Skin’s Friend
The most common cause of dark spots is overexposure to the sun’s UV rays. While many people prefer to get a tan, too much time in the sun can have negative effects. In addition to raising your exposure to skin cancer, spending long times in the sun without proper UV protection also increases the likelihood you develop unsightly sun spots. You should always wear sunscreen when spending time outdoors in order to reduce your chance of developing dark spots.
Skin Conditions are a Spot Risk
If you’ve developed new spotting, it may be a sign that you are dealing with a skin condition. There are many skin conditions which can lead to spotting, and even spots as a result of a skin condition can be totally harmless. When you speak with a physician they will assess your spotting and get any relevant questions answered and tests taken to determine the cause and ensure you have nothing to worry about.
Medication Related Spotting
Although medication is prescribed to help you out, sometimes there are unforeseen side effects which can occur. For some medications, dark spots are a potential side effect. If you’ve recently started a new medication there is a chance that your spotting is nothing more than a side effect of your new treatment.
What’ the Best Way to Treat Dark Spots?
If the discoloration you are experiencing is the results of benign pigmentation, PicoSure laser treatment may be the best option for returning your skin to the color you are used to. When you receive a PicoSure laser removal treatment, small laser bursts are used to break up the pigmentation in the darkened skin. This reduces it down to a size small enough for your body to naturally clear it out, and results in the lightening of the darkened skin. Give us a call to schedule a consultation: (949) 631-9009.