Welcome to our doctors’ blog at Eeva Medical Aesthetic Clinic. Over the years, our patients have frequently asked our medical team about how to remove dark spots on face. They also sought advice for the treatment of disorders, including melasma treatment.
It is important to take good care of our skin. A clear and fair visage can work wonders for our emotional and mental outlook.
Our doctors would like to share 5 useful tips on how to remove dark spots that may have been causing you discomfort over the years.
Tip #1: Find out the real cause
Dark spots often appear harmless, causing patients to ignore them for many years as they do not feel it is significant enough to warrant a visit to the doctor.
However, hyperpigmentation is usually accumulated over many years as a result of environmental, genetic, or lifestyle factors. In some cases, the underlying cause of any pigmentation could be more serious than expected.
Patients may ask doctors on how to remove dark spots caused by pimples, and end up getting diagnosed with a condition more severe than pimples, such as skin cancer.
If you are unsure of what is causing dark spots on your face to appear, do get an accurate diagnosis from a doctor. This shortens the time taken to find the right melasma treatment and prevents you from wasting time on trial and error treatments that do not work.
Be sure to consult your doctor and seek intervention before it is too late.
Tip #2: Sunscreen is important
Areas of the skin that are more exposed to the sun have a higher frequency of developing dark spots which are known as liver spots (they are called liver spots because they are of the same color as your liver).
UV radiation is dangerous and can cause many health problems.
UVA (ultraviolet A) rays are less intense than UVB (ultraviolet B) rays, but penetrates your skin more deeply. They cause premature ageing of skin cells and are linked to the formation of wrinkles.
UVB rays have more energy than UVA rays. They directly damage DNA in skin cells, and can cause eye damage, sunburns and skin cancers.
In Singapore, it will not be possible to avoid the sun completely. Hence, do ensure that you are protected from the sun as much as possible. This includes wearing a hat, sunglasses, and clothing to protect your face, eyes, arms, and legs.
Before going out, always apply sunscreen with at least SPF 30. The SPF number signifies the length of time that the sun’s radiation takes to redden your skin when using that product, as compared to without sunscreen.
For further protection, you may want to consider skin whitening supplements such as Crystal Tomato, which consists of only natural substances, with scientifically proven health benefits.
Tip #3: Assess all options available
After diagnosing the cause of your dark spots, it is now time to make an informed assessment of all treatment options available.
When you consult the doctor on how to remove black spots on face, the options shared may include topical creams, oral medication, laser treatment for pigmentation removal, and dermabrasion. This is assuming that the underlying cause is benign.
Regardless of the option chosen, you should opt for the treatment that suits you in terms of risk and pain tolerance. Also, do consider procedure cost and treatment downtime.
Assessing all options thoroughly with your doctor allows you to choose the right treatment. It should treat your pigmentation and meet your personal expectations.
Tip #4: Check if one treatment or a holistic range of treatments work best
Many patients stuck to a single course of treatment for a long time, before finding out that their pigmentation removal journey could have been more efficient if they had completed a holistic range of treatments.
Monotherapy includes using only one type of treatment. On the other hand, a holistic combination therapy involves the synergistic use of multi – modality treatments. This refers to the use of a few medications or treatments together to treat a condition.
Though it may be true that milder skin conditions may require only one type of treatment, a holistic combination therapy may yield better results. It all depends on the nature and severity of your specific skin diagnosis.
Tip #5: Long term prevention and maintenance is important
Pigmentation removal does not end even after you have completed the right treatment to remove your dark spots.
At our clinic, melasma treatment involves not just the removal of melasma on face. It also includes a customized long term plan to keep your skin free of dark spots and prevent any recurrence.
As we age, our skin’s ability to self-heal and repair decreases. This slows down the rate of skin cell rejuvenation.
Hence, it is important to have a holistic plan in place to prevent pigmentation formation from recurring. This could include adjusting your diet, lifestyle, and also incorporating other treatments such as oral supplements or topical skin serums.
A healthier lifestyle and diet also promotes overall skin rejuvenation and cell DNA longevity.
Thank you for reading. We hope this article encourages all our readers and patients to find inspiration in their journey towards achieving fairer and brighter skin.
Consult our medical team at Eeva Medical Aesthetics if you wish to find out more from our friendly, warm, and experienced Singapore-certified doctors on how to treat pigmentation.