Spots and blotches, even on low levels, bother most patients. The causes are varied, as are the treatments to correct and blend out pigmented spots. Of course, the main culprit is the sun. As much as it feels great to be by the pool, at the beach or anywhere outside, the damage that’s occurring over time adds up. Many people are surprised to see discoloration sort of “pop up” without warning.
You’re well-advised to always use sunscreen or sunblock. But even near-religious use of sunscreen can’t promise you’ll not have pigmentation problems at some point. Age and hormones (and heat in general) all precipitate pigmentation. Luckily, most people are good candidates for dermatology treatments to lessen discoloration.
Not everyone can benefit from the same treatments. Your ancestry will determine some of your treatment choices, as will the severity of your problem and your lifestyle. As odd as it may seem, those with the lightest skin tend to get the most results from the power of lasers and more aggressive procedures. Darker skins have to slow down the correction process so they don’t end up with even more splotches and spots.
Here are the different dermatology treatments for returning your skin to an evener tone and coloration.