Dark Spots

Dark Spots services offered in Mesa, Tempe and Scottsdale, AZ

Dark Spots

As you age, sun damage can cause dark spots to appear on your face, neck, chest, and body. The board-certified dermatologists at Skin Care Specialists in Mesa, Tempe, and Scottsdale, Arizona, understand how hyperpigmentation and brown spots can affect your skin’s appearance and quality. That’s why they offer several anti-aging treatments, including chemical peels, to rejuvenate and revitalize your skin. Call today or request an appointment online to learn more.

Dark Spots Q&A

What are dark spots?

Also called brown spots or age spots, these flat, brown, or black discolorations commonly develop on sun-exposed areas of skin. While they’re usually harmless, dark spots can be cosmetic concerns that typically don’t respond to home remedies.

With a team of board-certified dermatologists, Skin Care Specialists offers many effective treatments to minimize the appearance of brown spots and promote an even-toned complexion.

How do dark spots develop?

Dark spots usually occur when there’s an overproduction of melanin, the pigment responsible for skin color, in a specific area of the skin. Several factors contribute to their appearance, including:

Sun exposure

Prolonged exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays stimulates melanin production, leading to dark spots. 


As skin ages, the mechanisms that control melanin production may become less efficient, leading to uneven pigmentation.

Hormonal changes

Hormonal fluctuations, such as those during pregnancy (melasma) or as a result of birth control, can trigger increased melanin production and new dark spots.


Skin inflammation or injury, such as acne or wounds, can lead to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, causing dark spots to form.


Some people are genetically predisposed to developing dark spots, and their skin may be more sensitive to certain triggers.

Will dark spots go away on their own?

Dark spots usually don’t resolve on their own, particularly if they’re the result of long-term sun damage. Conditions like melasma can even be difficult to treat with proper skin care. While some dark spots do fade over time, Skin Care Specialists offers many treatments to accelerate their resolution and give you the clear skin you desire.

Are dark spots dangerous?

Dark spots usually aren’t dangerous, but they can be a sign of skin cancer in some cases. Dark patches of skin and new or darkening moles are worth a prompt skin cancer screening at Skin Care Specialists. Your board-certified dermatologist can conduct a screening and evaluate your dark spots to determine whether you may benefit from medical intervention.  

What are the most effective treatments for dark spots?

Dark spots usually benefit from a combination treatment approach that may include:

  • Medical-grade skincare
  • Chemical peels
  • Topical ointments
  • Sunscreen (to prevent skin darkening)

The expert team can customize your treatment to meet your unique skin needs. Call Skin Care Specialists today or schedule an appointment online to learn more.