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Dark Spots On Legs: Causes, Treatment, And Prevention

Adriana Bailey • May, 2023

Dark Spots on Legs: Causes, Treatment, and Prevention

Adriana Bailey • May, 2023

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For many of us, the legs are a point of pride. We want them to look smooth, long, and even-toned. While you can’t exactly change the length of your gams, dark spots on legs are definitely something you can deal with, for a more even look. The benefit of addressing dark spots on the legs is that the treatment can help with other concerns, like dryness, texture, and even scarring or cellulite.

In this post, we’ll explain how you can brighten the look of dark spots on your legs and keep them from popping up again in the future using the ideal body care products.

Table Of Contents

  • 1. Causes of Dark Spots on Legs
  • 2. Skincare Treatments for Dark Spots on Legs
  • 3. Clinical and Salon Treatments for Dark Spots
  • 4.  Prevention of Dark Spots on Legs
  • 5. Should You Talk to a Doctor?
  • 6. FAQs: What you Want to Know About Dark Spots on Legs
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Causes of Dark Spots on Legs

Hyperpigmentation can pop up on any body part, usually as a result of aging or in response to inflammation - especially sun exposure. That’s also true for dark spots on the legs!

The primary factor that causes or worsens most dark spots is sun exposure. You can end up with a few dark spots immediately after getting a sunburn, but cumulative sun exposure over time can also cause them to suddenly pop up, especially as you get older.

That said, even if you don’t spend a lot of time in the sun, there are other factors that can lead to dark spots on the legs. Irritation from shaving and waxing can lead to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, the same kind of dark spots you can get after popping a pimple. If you’re prone to ingrown hairs, it’s common to end up with dark spots even once the hair is released and the follicle heals.

If you have other skin conditions, like eczema, the inflammation can also lead to dark spots, as can inflammation from constant friction and rubbing, especially in the upper thighs.

Skincare Treatments for Dark Spots on Legs

Just like your face, your body also benefits from a skincare routine that’s a little more involved than just washing it with some soap. When it comes to dark spots on the legs, your post-shower lotion and cream can actually dramatically reduce the visibility of those discolored marks.

Here are the key products and ingredients you need to look for:

  • Sunscreen is mandatory every time you bare your legs. Otherwise, no matter what kind of ingredients you use, the sun’s continued assault will still cause the dark spots to become even darker and more pigmented.
  • Vitamin A/retinoids are incredible ingredients that are most popular in skincare for acne-prone skin or premature aging. They’re incredibly useful for improving skin tone, as well, since they encourage visibly comprehensive renewal, making sure that the skin appearing on the surface is young and healthy.
  • Glycolic acid is the next best ingredient to introduce for reducing the appearance of dark spots. It’s a gentle exfoliating molecule that removes dead skin completely yet gently. By eliminating the pigmented dead skin cells at the surface, glycolic acid encourages renewal and helps reveal clear, even-toned skin. As a bonus, it’ll also make your skin smoother and help reduce the visibility of cellulite and stretch marks.
  • Vitamin C is another popular skin brightener. This powerful antioxidant has been shown to help with a few types of pigmentation, and may also help give your legs a brightening boost.
  • Not sure where to start? We created our Evertone Dark Spot Treatment Duo to fade the visible signs of hyperpigmentation on your legs or other body parts with ease. It features a targeted blend of all of these skin-brightening ingredients, to renew and transform your legs to smoothness.

Clinical and Salon Treatments for Dark Spots

If you want faster results, you can also consider boosting your at-home dark spot routine with some salon or clinical treatments. Normally, professional treatments to reduce dark spots focus on targeting the specific marks or resurfacing the skin through powerful exfoliation. They include chemical peels, microdermabrasions, and even laser resurfacing treatments.

 Laser hair removal is another clinical salon treatment worth considering, especially if your dark spots are caused by irritation from shaving. It works by targeting the hair follicle and permanently reducing hair growth. It saves you irritation while also preventing ingrown hairs.

It’s important to choose your provider carefully, regardless of the clinical treatment. In the wrong hands, these powerful treatments can end up causing more harm than good, and there’s a risk that an experienced provider could burn or irritate the skin, making dark spots seem worse.

Prevention of Dark Spots on Legs

If you’d like to prevent dark spots on your legs from returning, there are a few preventative habits you’ll need to follow consistently:

  • Always apply sunscreen or wear UPF-rated clothing when going out in the sun.
  • Avoid any hair removal methods that leave your skin irritated or cause ingrown hairs. .
  • If you shave, make sure to do so gently, always using a cushioning shaving cream and a sharp razor that’s less likely to irritate.
  • Exfoliate regularly to prevent dead skin buildup and to encourage your skin to renew itself in a healthy way. Our Evertone Body Exfoliator includes coffee powder and oils to keep your skin looking firm, supple, and smooth while also helping to reduce the look of cellulite.
  • Find ways to reduce rubbing and friction against your skin by wearing soft, comfortable clothing or using barrier creams.
  • Moisturize regularly to keep your skin strong and fortified. Look for creams like our Evertone Body Shaper, which features soothing green tea and caffeine to keep dark spot-causing irritation at bay.

Should You Talk to a Doctor? 

It’s not always easy to tell the difference between plain old dark spots on the legs and melanoma, a type of skin cancer. Thankfully, the American Academy of Dermatology has released its ABCDES of Melanoma, which is an excellent guide for knowing when you need to see a doctor as soon as possible. That said, consider having your doctor look at your skin for signs of skin cancer as part of your yearly checkup.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is it possible to get rid of dark spots on the legs permanently?

Yes! As long as you follow a routine that combines proven ingredients like glycolic acid, vitamin A, and vitamin C with excellent prevention habits like wearing sunscreen, you can definitely eliminate dark spots on the legs for good. However, it requires staying consistent and remaining vigilant about potential irritation or sun exposure.

How long does it take for dark spots on the legs to fade?

This depends on the severity of your dark spots and the course of action you choose. The fastest results will come from combining a skin-brightening dark spot routine with clinical treatments. But even with a simple home routine, you can expect to see results within a few months.

Are there any lifestyle changes I can make to reduce the risk of developing dark spots on my legs?

The biggest lifestyle change you can make is to protect your legs from external forces that lead to dark spots. That means avoiding sun exposure, using sunscreen, and keeping the skin on your legs soothed and fortified through great skincare and gentle hair removal habits.

Adriana Bailey

Meet our talented content writer Adriana Bailey. She has dedicated her career to creating informative, engaging, and relevant content for readers who want to learn more about the latest beauty products and techniques.In her free time, Adriana enjoys experimenting with new makeup styles or researching inspiration in the latest beauty trends.

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Adriana Bailey

Meet our talented content writer Adriana Bailey. She has dedicated her career to creating informative, engaging, and relevant content for readers who want to learn more about the latest beauty products and techniques.In her free time, Adriana enjoys experimenting with new makeup styles or researching inspiration in the latest beauty trends.

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