By Dr. Teo Wan Lin, Consultant Dermatologist at TWL Specialist Skin & Laser Centre
What are brown spots?
Brown spots or pigmentation on the skin, are not all the same. A dermatologist will be able to diagnose accurately the cause of the condition after a thorough skin examination. Causes of brown spots can be due to freckles, melasma, sun damage, age spots or irritation from unsuitable cosmetics or medications.
Am I at high risk of pigmentation?
Genetically, fairer skin types may be more prone to developing freckles, as with those with a family history. Increased exposure to the sun also increases the chance of and darken existing pigmentation. Some forms of the condition, such as melasma, is influenced by hormonal changes such as menopause and pregnancy.
Can I erase these spots?
Depending on the underlying cause, when correctly diagnosed by a dermatologist, pigmentation can be successfully treated with advanced laser treatments, chemical peels using glycolic acids, prescription only lightening creams in various combinations.
To establish a proper treatment, the patient’s skin must be examined by our dermatologist, who will customize a plan thereafter for treatment. Early treatment can prevent worsening or late stages where treatment may be more difficult.
Can I prevent pigmentation?
While you may be genetically susceptible to brown spots such as freckles, the best way to prevent it is strict adherence to sun protection, including daily use of sunscreen. Regular use of cosmeceuticals containing stabilised Vitamin C has also been proven to lighten such spots and often used as adjunct treatment.
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