Dark Spots, Age Spots, and Sun Spots – What’s the Difference?


Dark spots, age spots, or sometimes called sun spots – they are basically the same thing. It is called hyperpigmentation. This is when the cells that produce skin pigment, also known as melanin, go on a hyperactive mode. Usually hyperpigmentation on your face is isolated on a small area.

How do you get dark spots on your skin? Believe it or not, aging does not have a lot to do with it. Hyperpigmentation is typically the result of overexposure to the sun. The reason younger people do not usually get dark spots is because the damage usually does not manifest itself visually until people are in their 40’s or 50’s.

So while you were able to get a good tan by soaking up the rays at the beach, keep in mind that you are also potentially damaging your skin on the long run. You may not see the spots now but later on down the road, they may appear on your face, but remember that the only attribution “age spots” have to do with age is that it takes time for the damage to actually show itself.

You can minimize the risk of hyperpigmentation by avoiding the sun if you can during the day, or if you do have to go outside then make sure that your skin is protected by wearing sunscreen and protective clothing.

If you already have dark spots, the best way to treat them is with bleaching agents. Products that contain the substance hydroquinone act as a skin lightening for your skin and can minimize the appearance of dark spots all around.

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