The main reason that brown skin spots appear on the skin is over-exposure to sunlight and harmful UV rays. This can be from spending extended time outside without sunscreen or utilizing tanning beds, which administer intensive UV light rays. The more sun exposure we get, the more rapidly our body produces melanin, as a way of protecting the skin. Long after many summer tans have come and gone, certain areas of the skin will retain a darker color where melanin is overactive, resulting in brown spots. Hormones also play a part in the appearance of brown spots because they signal the body to produce extra melanin. This condition is called Melasma and occurs often in pregnant women or women taking birth control. Genetics can also be a reason that brown spots appear. Some brown skin spots can be skin cancer. If you have a brown spot that suddenly appeared and is changing in shape and size, please contact us immediately to have it looked at by one of our medical experts.


There are many kinds of treatments for brown skin spots, from home remedies to state-of-the-art laser treatments. One of the most common home remedies involves the use of onions and apple cider vinegar. Topical creams also help to reduce brown skin spots. Kwan Dermatology carries many effective treatment skin lightening creams for the reduction of the appearance of brown spots, including Skinceuticals Advanced Pigment Corrector. For more dramatic results, we often recommend the use of laser treatments such as Fraxel or PicoWay to achieve a more even skin tone.


No matter what your skin type, protecting it from sun exposure and the elements is an effective way to safeguard your skin from the development of brown spots. You can protect your skin by taking vitamin or mineral supplements such as Astaxanthin, which protects the skin from free radicals that lead to discoloration and uneven skin tone. Another helpful safeguard is to become dedicated to applying daily broad-spectrum sunscreen.


There are many preventative measures that guard against brown spots, including applying a UVA/UVB SPF 30+ sunscreen daily, using a mineral makeup that naturally provides SPF, avoiding tanning beds, and using skin lightening products or products that contain vitamin C.

BROWN SPOT TIP: A tried and true remedy for removing brown spots is the combination of onion juice and apple cider vinegar. While onion juice repairs skin damage with free radical fighting antioxidants, apple cider vinegar contains alpha hydroxy acids which remove dead skin cells. Combining the two can diminish the appearance of brown skin spots.


Kwan Dermatology offers the latest state-of-the-art technology and expertise in the treatment of brown skin spot removal. Several treatments are available, but the most effective ones are state-of-the-art laser technology, intense pulsed light photo rejuvenation, or skin resurfacing. For darker brown spots, laser treatments may be needed to eliminate discoloration. If you have brown spots on your skin that bother you, please contact us to book a consultation with one of our skin specialists who will customize a treatment plan designed especially for your needs and aesthetic goals.

If you are experiencing one or a few spots on your skin that don’t appear normal and are changing in shape and size, please set up a consultation as quickly as possible to allow us to check for skin cancer.