How to prevent and manage dark spots

  • Sun protection: Regularly using sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher can help prevent dark spots from worsening and appearing on new areas.

  • Topical treatments: Over-the-counter products containing ingredients like hydroquinone, retinoids, kojic acid, alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), and vitamin C may help fade dark spots. However, it's essential to use these products as directed and consult a dermatologist if you have any concerns.

  • Avoid picking or squeezing pimples: Doing so can lead to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

  • Professional treatments: For more stubborn or severe dark spots, dermatologists may recommend treatments such as chemical peels, laser therapy, microdermabrasion, or prescription-strength topical creams.

Remember that the effectiveness of treatments can vary depending on the type and severity of the dark spots. It's always best to consult a dermatologist for personalized advice and treatment options.