What Causes Dark Spots

What Causes Dark Spots

Dark spots are the result of the overproduction of melanin, or skin pigment. It's not fully understood why they develop, but aging and UV light exposure - even artificial UV light, like tanning beds - are major causes.

They can develop anywhere, but they are mostly likely to appear on the parts of the body that receive the most sun exposure, including:

  • The face
  • The backs of the hands
  • The shoulders
  • The arms
  • The back

Skin Diseases - There are several different skin conditions and diseases that cause dark spots.

Medications - Certain medications cause dark spots. Some cause dark spots because they make the skin sensitive to sun exposure, while others cause dark spots to appear without sun exposure.

UV Exposure - Hyperpigmentation really starts to take hold during middle age when the skin finally starts to show the consequences of all those days spent in the sun without SPF, among other abuses. By now you should know that sun exposure comes with major risks and requires proper precautions, like limiting time spent in the sun and applying SPF regularly. UV rays cause a multitude of skin issues, from the serious - skin cancer - to the more minor - dark spots.

Dark spots don't hurt and they have the same texture as the rest of your skin. They're harmless, but there is a possibility that a dark spot could be cancerous. Generally, however, dark spots don't pose any health risks, so you don't have to get rid of them, although many people choose to for cosmetic purposes. Nano Blanc can assist you in treating your dark spots, contact us today.

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