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Dark spots are a real drag when you want silky-smooth, even skin tone. Hyperpigmentation can be an unsightly result of acne, sun damage and hormonal changes. Plus, dark skin is more prone to hyperpigmentation because it has higher levels of melanin -- skin pigment -- to begin with. Show your dark spots who's boss with techniques that lighten them and prevent them from becoming a bigger problem that keeps you from your sexy skin goals.
Protect your skin from sun exposure. Yes, dark-skinned people need protection from the sun, which can make dark spots get even darker. Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher and sun-protective clothing to stop hyperpigmentation from getting even more hyper.
Apply a hydroquinone cream to lighten dark spots. Purchase an over-the-counter cream containing up to 2 percent hydroquinone, or ask a dermatologist to prescribe a stronger cream with hydroquinone or a similar chemical. These creams bleach the skin, so make sure you only put it where you want it to avoid discoloration of other areas. Expect improvement to be gradual; results vary based on the treatment course and the individual. It may take up to six months to bleach dark spots to the same shade as surrounding skin. Only use skin lightening products as directed by a doctor, dermatologist or the product manufacturer.
Get a chemical peel. Shedding the surface of the skin may help fade those dark spots faster than waiting for the skin to slough off on its own. You'll probably need multiple peels, so be patient. It'll be worth it when you start seeing your beautiful new skin underneath.
Visit a dermatologist to put your skin in the best hands possible. A professional can give you informed advice, offer prescriptions and recommend other professional treatments such as laser therapy to target your specific problem for the best results.