Dark spots on the skin: causes and treatments to reduce them
Doctor Alexandra Rada shares, in this episode of ‘Aesthetically’, the causes, the possible treatments and the methods to avoid skin spots.
In this video from EstéticaMENTE , the doctor specializing in aesthetic medicine Alexandra Rada explains that there are no treatments to completely eliminate skin blemishes, but there are to reduce them. With this in mind, she lists the causes of blemishes and skin care habits to avoid them.
When should you see a doctor for a skin blemish?
Skin spots are areas where the skin color is irregular due to a change in melanin production or vascular changes. Upon reaching age 50, or less in some cases, it is normal for these spots to begin to appear in the areas that are most exposed to the sun: the back of the hands, face, back and shoulders.
In most cases these spots should not cause concern as they arise from normal aging of skin cells. However, according to the Mayo Clinic, this does not mean that all spots are normal, in fact some of them may be signs of melanoma, a type of skin cancer.
See a doctor if you see this behavior in any skin spot:
- The stain is black.
- The stain increases in size.
- It has an irregular edge.
- It has an unusual color combination.
- Has bleeding.
In order to detect this disease early, the American Cancer Society recommends doing a skin self-exam on a regular basis, normally once a month. These self-exams consist of checking every inch of the skin (including the scalp) in front of a mirror or with the help of a family member or trusted person.
To learn more about the care and treatments to avoid the appearance of spots on the skin, watch this video from EstéticaMENTE . This is a weekly program where Dr. Alexandra will share the best science-based advice to improve the quality of life and thus enhance the beauty of each person.
Who is Alexandra Rada?
Dr. Alexandra Rada has more than 20 years of experience in the field of aesthetic medicine. Her goal is to provide personalized aesthetic treatments based on the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of each patient. For this purpose, Alexandra and her husband, Sergio Rada, run their own IPS, which has offices in different cities in Colombia and has been known for being a pioneer in aesthetic treatments for facial rejuvenation and weight loss.
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