People with Indian, African or darker skin are more prone to dark spots. Learn more about dark spot remover for Indian skin.
Dark spots may occur when the skin overproduces melanin. Melanin is the substance that gives skin its colour.
Factors that can trigger excess melanin production include sun exposure and hormonal changes, such as those that occur during pregnancy.
Dark spots can also occur as a result of inflammation or trauma to the skin, such as from:
- bug bites
- psoriasis and other skin conditions
- a reaction to skin care products
Skin care products can also cause dark spots.
Even everyday skin care practices can contribute to the development of dark spots. Using harsh scrubs, waxes, and shaving gels can all cause minor skin trauma that leads to skin changes. Products that contain acids and retinols can sensitise the skin also causing dark spots. Some chemical peels and cosmetic treatments can also predispose individuals with darker skins to more discolouration.
How to get rid of dark spots
The treatment that a person requires will depend on their skin type and the severity of the discoloration. Dark spots are not usually harmful, so it may not be necessary to seek treatment unless a person finds them bothersome.
Remove of the cause
If the discoloration is the result of a skin care product or certain medications, then stopping the use of these products may prevent the formation of new dark spots.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), once a person removes the cause of the spots, any existing ones will typically fade within 6 to 12 months. However, the Dermal Renewal Treatment removes darks spots naturally and fast. You will see a difference after the first treatment.
Treat the underlying medical conditions
Proper management of existing skin conditions, such as acne or psoriasis, is likely to help stop new spots from appearing.
Any dark spots that are already on the skin due to these conditions may then fade away over time.
Chemical Treatments for Dark Spots
People with dark skin tones need to exercise caution when using treatments for hyperpigmentation. This is because using the wrong product or a highly concentrated product can lighten other areas of the skin. There is also a risk that products will cause more hyperpigmentation.
Ingredients that People with Darker skin tones need to avoid
The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends the following treatments for dark spots in skin of colour:
- 2% hydroquinone
- azelaic acid
- glycolic acid
- kojic acid
- retinoids, such as retinol, tretinoin, adapalene gel, or tazarotene
- vitamin C
We have a few products that help remove dark spots quickly and effectively. They are all natural and safe to use on Indian, African, and other darker skin tones. These are the Rasayana Rejuvenating Serum which lightens age spots and pigmentation. Buttermilk Cleanser gently exfoliates the skin to remove sun damage and superficial pigmentation and the Detox Face Mask helps lighten scarring and dark spots due to acne.
If your darks spots are long standing, then you may need to consult with a dermatologist experienced in treating hyperpigmentation in dark skin can.
Wear Sunscreen Daily
Adequate sun protection is advisable for everyone, regardless of skin type or colour. People of African, Hispanic, and Indian origin need to wear sunscreen daily.
The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays are responsible for most dark skin spots. The UV rays trigger excess melanin production, causing new areas of hyperpigmentation.
The AAD recommend everyone to use sunscreen that:
- has a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30
- protects against UVA and UVB rays (manufacturers may label it as broad spectrum)
- is water resistant
People should apply sunscreen to all areas of exposed skin — not just the face. Sunscreen should be worn all year-round.