Many clients visit our medical skin spa in Santa Monica with unsightly hyperpigmentation and sun spots caused by sun damage. It’s a very common issue for those living in Southern California—and one that can be difficult to address. When your skin is constantly exposed to the sun’s dangerous UV rays, it’s only a matter of time before the signs of damage appear. The good news is, there are ways to prevent and reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation.

Read on for five excellent ways to reduce hyperpigmentation.

1. Wear Sunscreen Religiously

It’s surprising how many people don’t take sunscreen seriously. If you want to avoid sun spots, sunscreen is an absolute must. Apply it to your face, hands, décolletage and neck—and anywhere else that you don’t want hyperpigmentation to appear.

2. Use Skin Lightening Products

There is a wide variety of products on the market that can help brighten areas of hyperpigmentation. Many of these include hydroquinone, which is one of the most effective lightening ingredients.

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3. Add Retinol to Your Regimen

Retinol exfoliates the dead skin cells, which promotes cellular repair and the turnover of discolored cells. Retinol products also boost the production of collagen and elastin, which can help combat further damage.

4. Protect Your Skin From the Inside Out

Consume an array of antioxidant-rich foods to help protect your skin from sun damage and free radicals. Antioxidants including beta-carotene and lycopene act as an internal sunscreen and promote cellular repair. Good sources include sweet potatoes, yams, squash, tomatoes, papaya, grapefruit, watermelon and green leafy vegetables such as spinach and broccoli.

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5. Laser Away the Damage

The most powerful and time-efficient way to reduce the appearance of hyperpigmentation is with laser treatments. Our skilled staff is trained extensively in the most cutting-edge equipment available and will diagnose and treat your hyperpigmentation issues safely and effectively.

Visit us at Skin Med Spa to learn more about our life-changing laser treatments and why we’re known as the best place to get laser resurfacing in Santa Monica.


Dr. Ryan Stanton is a fully credentialed board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon focusing on cosmetic plastic surgery in Beverly Hills, California. He has been featured in national and international media, including: TLC’s “Plastic Wives”, The Doctors Show, Discovery Channel, Montel Williams, Women’s Entertainment Network, CBS, Fox, & KTLA News, Fitness, In, Star and Gala Magazines.