If you have developed brown spots on your face, neck, chest, or other parts of the body, you may be wondering what you can do to erase those signs of skin damage and maintain healthy-looking skin. Brown spots are quite common among people with fair skin and may be the result of sun damage, hyperpigmentation, or other skin issues. It’s important to note that not all brown spots are created equal – so you need to check in with a board certified dermatologist like Dr. Tanzi, Dr. Shah, or Dr. Peters, to determine what type of underlying skin problem may be causing brown spots.

Skin Issues Associated with Brown Spots

No matter what your skin type is, you may develop brown spots at some point in your life. Most brown spots are nothing to worry about but some may be indicative of skin cancer. This is why an annual skin cancer screening is so important. Some of the most common issues associated with brown spots include:

  • Melasma: This can occur on the upper skin layer, inner or middle skin layer, or a mixture of layers. The onset can be abrupt and is most noticeable for its dark patches of skin on the upper lip, cheeks, and forehead.
  • Freckles and sun spots: Freckles and sun spots may develop from excessive sun exposure and can appear anywhere on the body and face.

At Capital Laser & Skin Care, we may be able to lighten these spots with laser treatments and certain types of skin lightening products. To best target your individual needs, we perform a number of laser treatments at our Chevy Chase practice, including Halo™ Hybrid Fractional Laser, Forever Young BBL™, Fraxel® Dual Laser, and Clear + Brilliant®.

A Treatment Designed to Meet Your Needs

Our experienced team of dermatologists are here to address all of our patients’ key skin concerns. If you are worried about brown spots and skin issues that may indicate skin cancer, you must schedule a consultation one of our board certified dermatologists as soon as possible. We perform complimentary skin cancer evaluations and are able provide information about different treatment options to address hyperpigmentation, melasma, and other skin conditions.