Darkened regions of the skin occur as a result of abnormal tanning when the skin is sensitive to sunlight.
Several diseases and many drugs can occasionally cause photosensitivity. Among the common drugs responsible for photosensitivity are
birth control pills, antibiotics (sulfonamides and tetracyclines), diuretics, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID), pain
relievers, and some psychiatric medications.
Darkened spots on the skin come in several varieties. The most ominous is malignant melanoma, a very aggressive cancer that can begin
as an innocent mole. The majority of moles (nevi) and dark spots, however, are benign (harmless). The average person has several
dozen, and certain people with a hereditary mole condition may have hundreds.
Any dark spot that is either new or changing should be evaluated by a dermatologist.
None of the above is intended as medical advice. If you have a medical concern, please consult your doctor.
Procedures for this problem
Fraxel Restore Dual Laser
Fraxel Restore laser
Q-Switched Alexandrite Laser
Intense Pulse Light Rejuvenation FotoFacial™
Glycolic Acid Peel
Additional Information on Dark Spots/Pigmentation
Jan/Feb 2010 Newsletter
March 2006 Newsletter
July 2005 Newsletter
The doctor recommends these products for Dark Spots
|Ultimate UV Defense SPF 45 by SkinCeuticals
• for combination, dry or normal skin
|Essential Day Cream SPF 15 by Exuviance
• for combination or normal skin