Re: I have dark spots on my face that have just started showing up within the last 6
Birth control pills? Hormonal medications of other kind? That will cause such problems... otherwise you shouldn't just see random spots appearing quickly. Definitely see a derm. Also, SPF 5000 (exaggeration) is not going to protect you from the sun unless it's a broad-spectrum sunscreen (protects from BOTH UVA AND UVB RAYS). UVA is what causes most of the underlying damage such as freckles, agespots, and skin cancer later on and the sad thing is that many sunscreens do not offer UVA protection.
So make sure that it has the proper active ingredients. [SPF only measures the amount of time you are allowed to spend in the sun before you need to reapply your sunscreen; for whatever reasons nobody seems to know that. So basically, SPF 50 is not better or "stronger" than SPF 30... it just means that you can stay out in the sun a while longer without getting burned.]
Anyway... see a derm if it's sudden, and you may be able to treat the problems with hydroquinone, AHA/BHA, or vitamin A creams.
Last edited by EllieFrog; 07-15-2009 at 03:18 AM.