Skin Spots 101

Skin spots may all look the same to you but actually, there are different types. What they all have in common though is how they’re looked at by women – with aversion. If you’re seeing spots on your face, better take the time to read this post. There is no one-shot­-cure for this problem as each kind is treated differently.

Brown Sun Spots

These spots are caused by hyperpigmentation. This process is triggered by too much exposure to sun rays, changing hormone levels and medications. Since you can’t do much when it comes to your hormone levels, what you can do is protect your skin from the sun. Rain or shine, lather up on your sunscreen daily. Make sure you’re using broad spectrum sunscreen that will protect you from the damaging effects of both UVB and UVA rays.

Spots from Pimples and Wounds

These marks are caused by post-inflammation pigmentation. This discoloration is often caused by trauma to the skin from a wound or pimple. Avoid touching your wounds while they’re still in the process of healing so as not to worsen discoloration. Same goes for pimples. The age-old advice of not pricking or popping them still applies. To lighten these types of spots, use products that have anti-inflammatory properties like Argan oil. This miracle oil from Morocco also contains Vitamin E that helps minimize scars and spots on the skin. Vitamin E is also great for wrinkle lines so you’re indeed hitting two birds with one oil that has been hailed around the world as the liquid gold.

Red Spots from Broken Blood Vessels

These type of spots are caused by too much scrubbing, years of alcoholism and again, overexposure to the sun. These activities cause blood vessels to break which explains the red spots. When blood vessels enlarge, red spots appear as well. This skin condition is a symptom of another common skin problem called rosacea. To prevent breakage of blood vessels, apply sunscreen daily. Avoid tanning salons and saunas as well since the heat from these activities usually cause blood to rush to the face. Putting covered cold compress on the troubled area can help minimize the appearance of these spots. Eating foods reach with Vitamin C and K will also help.

Melasma

Blame hormones and genetics for this problem. These patches often appear around the lips or on the cheeks of women undergoing hormone changes from pregnancy or birth control pills. The more unfortunate ones, though, are those whose family has a history of melasma. They can experience outbreaks even with just the slightest exposure to the sun. Again, protect yourself from the sun’s damaging rays by lathering up on your sunscreens daily. Apply topical lightening creams as well. Look for creams that contain hydroquinone, licorice root extract, retinol and Vitamin C.

Moles

You can thank your parents for these spots as moles are often congenital. You can actually get new ones until the age of 40. Moles though can only be removed surgically so visit your doctor if you want them removed. However, if you can live with these spots, have your moles checked yearly as some can turn cancerous.

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