So many brown spots! Are there different types of brown spots? There are so many words to describe skin discoloration and sun damage. And the reason is simple. Everyone values clear healthy skin, and we won’t stop talking about it until we have clear skin, and sun damage reversal! In fact, there is not a day that patients don’t come to our office, expressing their frustration in wanting to reverse sun damage.
3 Types Of Brown Spots Could Include:
- Liver spots
- Skin cancers
One of the types of brown spots is Melasma. Melasma is a condition that causes brown spots or uneven skin tone. It can be related to hormones or excessive sun exposure. It is very treatable but not curable. We can combine creams, sun protection and a variety of chemical peels to address melasma.
Knowing The Types Of Brown Spots Could Save Lives
Distinguishing age spots (liver spots), sun spots (solar lentigenes) from melasma is key in effective and safe treatment, especially in ethnic skin types. While we use lasers for treating liver spots, we usually do not advise patients with melasma to undergo photofacial treatments, given that this can make the melasma come back even worse than before.
Some brown spots are even cancer. Melanoma is a lethal type of skin cancer. The only treatment is surgery. If a spot that is cancerous is misdiagnosed and treated with lasers or peels, it can become a lethal condition. Therefore, we have every single patient in our office be treated by a board certified dermatologist to ensure that the spots being treated are not in fact cancers, misdiagnosed.
So, before you schedule treatments at a medspa or attack any brown spot it is very important to make sure you are not dealing with a cancerous lesion. Board Certified Dermatologists, such as Dr. Kormeili, specialize in distinguishing between the various types of brown spots.
Treatments can be safe and effective, and in many cases life saving!
We look very forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve all your health and beauty goals. Call us today!