I have written about the brown spots that show up on your skin. If you’ve had a chance to read that article then you likely know what causes those spots to occur. I’m not here to talk about the brown spots today. Instead, I’m here to discuss the white spots that frequently show up on people’s skin. I’m going to do my best to explain what causes these spots to occur, how to get rid of them and what precautions you can take to prevent them from occurring.
By the time you finish reading this article, the only thing left for you to do will be to take some action!
If you are starting to notice brown spots forming on your skin, then it’s most definitely a sign of aging. Patchy spots can show up anywhere on your chest, arms, hands, and face. They typically show up due to one environmental factor that we hate to love, the sun! Every day, more and more people notice the damage on their skin that the sun has inflicted on them.
The extent of your damage will depend on how noticeable the spots may be. You may find that in between the brown spots there might be white spots in the shape of a circle. If you’re looking for the scientific term of these white spots, it’s rather long, idiopathic guttate hypomelanosis. You don’t need to know how to pronounce this word. Instead, you need to understand how they are formed and that sun damage plays a huge factor.
What Causes White Spots On Skin To Form
Here’s what I can tell you about these white spots and why they form on your skin. As you might know, brown spots form when your cells produce an overabundance of melanin. This happens due to sun damage and the result is discoloration.
Now as far as white spots are concerned, the damage is still caused by sun exposure, but the effect is cell discontinue producing melanin completely. That causes your skin to lose its pigmentation. In case you were wondering, these spots are benign.
One thing to remember is that these white spots often get confused with vitiligo. I’ve written about this condition before. If you have white spots period, then you should seek professional help to get a dermatologist to look into your condition, ruling out anything extremely serious.
Getting Rid Of White Spots
It’s never easy to get rid of any spots on your skin. That’s just the nature of how things work. Our bodies are delicate and complex. Fixing things at the cellular level isn’t as easy as many think. The good news is that some spots can be treated. Let’s start with brown spots.
In the event that you have brown spots on your skin then I suggest you attempt to apply a lightening cream of some sort injunction with SPF 25 sunscreen. Feel free to apply a stronger sunscreen if that’s something you’re already doing. You will want to find a product that contains zinc oxide as well as titanium dioxide. Both of these ingredients have been proven to put up a good defense against dark skin discoloration.
However, I hate to burst your bubble but the same doesn’t apply for white spots. Let me just tell it like it is and give it to you straight. Putting the pigment back into your skin isn’t possible.
If you think using sunscreens, exfoliants, and even creams to lighten the white patches of your skin is going to work, then you’re totally wrong. The only treatment that you should even consider looking into is something that will make the white spots less visible. If you have these spots, you’ve likely noticed that these white spots cannot get darker via tanning because they lack pigment. They simply cannot turn color as a result.
What you can do is attempt to blend the spots into the surrounding skin. Taking such precautions may help prevent the white spots from further spreading. Some people apply a self-tanning lotion to the areas that have damage. However, you must have a steady hand and touch if you want to apply this product because it can only cover the areas impacted. If you’re looking to do something with the area to improve the white coloring to darken it, then you need to simply use a Q-tip and apply a small amount to the white spots only. Give it a couple of hours and see if the complexion improves. Apply more if necessary. Keep in mind that this is only a temporary fix.
There are a couple of other treatment options that you can look into but you’ll need to visit your dermatologist for more information on them. One of the treatments is a Fraxel treatment that emits light and another is a topical treatment known as tacrolimus also called Protopic. This is a product that people tend to use when they have bad eczema and it’s said to help add back pigment to the spots. You’re likely to not see any improvement taking the topical route.
While white spots on skin can be treated, the treatment is likely to yield nothing spectacular. Instead, the only thing that I can really recommend is that you protect your skin from sun damage. Preventative measures make a world of a difference. In the event that you don’t want to deal with the issues, simply take action now. If not, you’ll have to take action at a later date, the choice is yours!