Dark Spots, called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH) by dermatologists, are extremely common in skin of color. They can be a response to acne, razor bumps, a sunburn, an allergic reaction to cosmetics, or anything that causes damage or irritation to the skin. The involved skin becomes darker than its surroundings as the damaged cells release pigment (melanin), and it can be long lasting. Most people with richly pigmented skin are at risk for dark spots. For example, one study showed that 53 percent of African-American, 53 percent of Hispanics and 47 percent of Asians developed dark spots from healing acne.
Dark spots take months to years to fade by themselves. Obviously, it is very important to treat the underlying skin problem that is leading to the discoloration. Sunlight activates pigment cells to produce more melanin causing darkening, so it is also important to use sunscreen on the affected areas. A provider at My Skin of Color will diagnose the skin problem causing the dark spots and can prescribe medications to treat both issues at the same time. In that way, we will help you to fade existing spots and prevent new ones from forming. Click below to start your consultation!