All You Need To Know About Dark Spots

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Are you in the dark regarding the causes, treatment and prevention of dark spots? We’ve gathered the most important information there is, and you most probably didn’t know about the biggest skin care problem. Hyperpigmentation or commonly known as dark spots are unfortunate, darkened patches that pop up on your face and body. Women of all ages and races  are prone to dark spots, which is why it has become the No. 1 skin care issue. This skin issue is even more difficult to treat in darker skin tones and to make things even more serious, there are also many routines that women unintentionally do that result in making their spots condition even worse. That’s why it’s crucial to understand why you get dark spots — how they form, why they stick around, and how you can start the process of healing! 

There’s No Such Thing As An “Age” Spot

All You Need To Know About Dark Spots

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It really is time for us to stop being delusional and know that the discolorations we see on the skin of older people isn’t because of their age, but in fact are typical dark spots that have become worse as the time has passed.  According to dermatologists the causes of what we call age spots are hormonal changes and sun exposure. Radiation from the sun causes pigmentation on the skin, which is the body’s defense mechanism to protect the skin from further damage. Older people have accumulated more sun damage than younger folk, which is why these patchy discolorations are associated with aging!

Don’t Treat Spots On Your Face Aggressively

All You Need To Know About Dark Spots

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When you’re dealing with spots, it’s human nature to want to scrub the heck out of them. So most of you would probably turn to your face scrubs in an effort to minimize their appearance. Big Mistake! Although routine exfoliation is healthy for most skin types in this particular case over-exfoliation can actually darken existing spots. Why? Over-exfoliation can trigger inflammation, and hyperpigmentation is a response to inflammation. Similar as of the dark mark that you get from picking a pimple — that scar is a result of the trauma of inflammation!

Your Genetic Matters

All You Need To Know About Dark Spots

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If you have a darker complexion then you’re some what lucky when it comes to this skin problem. While fair-skinned ladies are much more susceptible to dark spots, those with darker skin tones possess more melanin – natural sunblock. If by now you think melanin is a bad thing, don’t.  More melanin in the skin actually protects the skin from sun damage. But there’s also a downside to having a darker complexion. You’re more susceptible to worsening your dark marks with improper treatment. Overuse of lightening products or the misuse of a laser can over-pigment the area and have the reverse affect if not used carefully and as directed. The best thing you can do is be extra attentive and before submitting yourself to any treatment get a professional opinion!

Sake and Mushrooms To The Rescue

All You Need To Know About Dark Spots

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If you’ve looked at the ingredient lists on skin-lightening products, you’ve probably seen hydroquinone, which is used as a skin-lightening treatment for decades. Hydroquinone, although effective for dark spots, can only be used in limited amounts and doesn’t help with wrinkles. Two key ingredients for treating hyperpigmentation are: arbutin, which is derived from bearberry, mushrooms and certain fruits and kojic acid, which is produced in the fermentation process of sake. Arbutin and kojic acid don’t make skin as photosensitive as hydroquinone does so there are the best remedies you can turn to!