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How to treat a dark spot on my cheek? (Beauty query of the day)

Dr Kiran Lohia provides solutions to this query.

beautiful girlI have an age mark/liver spot (dark brown spot) on my both cheeks near the cheekbone. Several dermatologists recommended a topical ointment to treat it but the spot keeps on re-emerging whenever I stop using the ointment and the skin in that area has turned darker then rest of the face skin. Please suggest how I can get rid of this spot from my cheeks.
Answered by Dr Kiran Lohia.
It sounds like you have melasma (a condition where patches of dark pigments occur on the face) which is a common condition in India, essentially caused by the sun. Most importantly, you must practise aggressive sun protection. Wear sunblock of SPF 30++ and apply it every four hours. Then, try a lotion with alpha-hydroxy acids such as Lumiday Brightening Day Lotion to help improve the pigmentation. Finally, you must go to a dermatologist who can treat your pigmentation with Q-switched lasers or chemical peels, for a more permanent solution. (Read: Top Indian skin problems and how to treat them)
Dr Kiran Lohia is a US trained MD, specialising in dermatology. She is American Board Certified with a degree in Aesthetic Medicine, member of the American Medical Association, American College of Physicians, European Society of Cosmetic and Aesthetic Dermatology, International Academy of Cosmetic Dermatology among others. Having additionally completed a Diploma course in Cosmetic Science through the U.K. Society of Cosmetic Scientists, Dr Lohia has the distinction of being the first physician with both advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Chemistry knowledge. She is the founder of Cosmedic.

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