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Dark Spots On Legs: Causes, Treatment, And Prevention

Adriana Bailey • May, 2023

Dark Spots on Your Hands? Causes, Prevention, and Treatments

Adriana Bailey • May, 2023

It’s almost a cliche - the hands can betray your age, even when your face looks youthful. The reason for this is simple. Our hands get as much exposure to the sun and elements as our face but much less care and protection. If you’ve found yourself with inadvertent dark spots on your hands, this post is for you.

Table Of Contents

  • 1. Causes of Dark Spots on Hands
  • 2. Skincare For Dark Spots On Hands
  • How To Prevent Dark Spots On Hands
  • 4.  Professional Treatments For Dark Spots On Hands
  • 5. Are Dark Spots On Hands Dangerous?
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Causes of Dark Spots on Your Hands

Dark spots are a type of hyperpigmentation. It’s a condition when certain cells deep within the skin overproduce melanin, a dark pigment. Melanin is something our skin produces in order to protect us from the sun, so when the skin experiences some sort of trauma, it often responds by making more melanin.
 
The main cause of dark spots on hands is sun exposure. Like the face, the hands are rarely covered by clothing, so over a lifetime, they absorb an immense amount of UV radiation. Add to that the fact that we’re less likely to use sunscreen on our hands (and nowadays, we also wash them often), and the result is that dark spots on hands are incredibly common - perhaps even more common than on other body parts.

 There are other factors that can also involve dark spots on the face. They’re more likely to show up as you get older, and hormonal changes can also increase their chances. Additionally, they can show up following other kinds of damage or inflammation, including as a result of inflammatory skin conditions like eczema.

Skincare for Dark Spots on Your Hands

The simplest way to start dealing with the dark spots on your hands is with a daily skincare routine. What you do on a daily basis will have the greatest impact on your hands’ clarity and smoothness.

 Here are the types of ingredients you should look for, to start making a difference:
 
Vitamin C is the classic ingredient for brightening the skin. It’s incredible for dark spots because it can impact the actual cells that create the dark pigment, helping them behave in a normalized way. It also helps prevent the damage caused by the sun and other external aggressors that leads dark spots to form in the first place.

 Glycolic acid is another phenomenal ingredient. As a chemical exfoliant, it helps the skin get rid of the old, rough, or pigmented sun spots, to reveal youthful, clear, fresh skin. Research shows it can have a dramatic impact on pigmentation within just a few weeks.

Vitamin A, which is often also available as retinol, is a unique ingredient that’s almost able to reverse the skin’s aging process, by promoting better skin renewal behavior. While ingredients like glycolic acid remove damaged skin, and vitamin C promotes a visible reduction in pigmentation, retinoids speed up the overall renewal process.

 In other words, these three ingredients work together to encourage visibly brighter, more even-toned hands in three different ways, for the fastest possible results from a home care routine.

 We infused these ingredients into a dynamic duo of products we designed specifically to help fade dark spots. The set includes our glycolic acid-infused Body Refresher cleanser, which you can keep by the sink so that every time you wash your hands, you also promote exfoliation and renewal. Then, once or twice a day, smooth on the Body Smoother, a nourishing, gentle lotion with glycolic acid, vitamin C, vitamin A, and spirulina, to further diminish the visibility of dark spots on your hands by addressing them from every angle.

How to Prevent Dark Spots on Hands

In addition to having a skincare routine designed to get rid of dark spots on hands, it’s also important you protect your hands to keep the situation from getting worse. After all, even the most potent ingredients won’t help if your hands are still exposed to external aggressors that cause dark spots.

  • Sunscreen is an absolute must. The reality is that without it, the dark spots on your hands cannot improve, even if you’re using the most powerful pigmentation-fading ingredients! Pick up a hand cream with at least 30 SPF, and make sure to apply it throughout the day (especially before you go outside or after you’ve washed your hands).
  • Gloves are also excellent, especially if you don’t have time to reapply sunscreen or if you want added protection when you drive. Choose lightweight gloves with a UPF rating (a sun protection rating, like SPF but for fabrics).
  • Avoid harsh chemicals when washing your hands. Harsh, stripping cleansers or dishwashing detergents can dry out your hands and aggravate the skin. Unfortunately, when your skin is irritated, it’s going to be more prone to hyperpigmentation.

Professional Treatments for Dark Spots on Hands

If you’re nervous about whether your dark spots are normal or not, it’s important to seek the help of a medical professional.

 Your doctor or dermatologist will let you know whether your health is at risk, and they can also direct you toward professional treatments that can help fade your dark spots faster.

These are some of the most common professional treatments for dark spots:

  • Laser therapy and IPL are both light-based treatments that can help remove dark spots on hands. They work by targeting the pigment within the skin and encouraging renewal through targeted destruction or exfoliation. It’s important that the practitioner have the necessary medical accreditation since doing laser or IPL on certain skin tones can actually worsen dark spots and damage the skin.
  • Cryotherapy is often used in contexts where the dark spots are also a little raised, or if you have both age spots and skin tags or warts. It’s not the ideal hyperpigmentation treatment since freezing the skin with liquid nitrogen can actually lead to minor scars, new pigmentation, or hypopigmentation (i.e., white spots).
  • Chemical peels and microdermabrasion can be useful in cases where laser or IPL cannot help, to promote exfoliation which slowly sloughs away the pigmented skin.
  • Hydroquinone is a medication that’s sometimes prescribed for hyperpigmentation. It’s a powerful skin lightener, but it does sometimes irritate the skin or lead to complications, so don’t use it unless directed by your doctor.

Are Dark Spots on Hands Dangerous?

They can be. While dark spots on hands are usually just a cosmetic concern, some can actually be precancerous or even cancerous. It’s imperative that you have any marks on your body checked out regularly by your doctor or dermatologist.

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.