How can I prevent pigmentation spots from appearing on my face?
I have solar lentigos and some nascent melasma on my cheeks. I am very careful with sun protection and wear hats all the time, but new pigmentation spots keep appearing and seem to be growing larger. I’m pretty sure my condition is genetic, but I really want to manage it. I am also worried that acids will make my skin even more photosensitive. What else can I do?
I'm so sorry to hear that. This must be troubling you quite a lot. Let me briefly discuss how to prevent and treat facial pigmentation.
It's good that you are very meticulous with sun protection. This is one of the most important steps in preventing new pigmentation spots from appearing.
Prevention - Sun protection is key
In addition to what you are already doing for sun protection, I advise:
1) Regular Application of high quality SPF sun screen every 4-6 hours if you are exposed to the sun.
2) Also, do remember to apply sun screen at commonly neglected regions like around your eyes and neck.
3) Consider Oral sunblock like Heliocare, which provides another layer of sun protection in addition to topical sunblock.
In addition to solar lentigo and...
It is in fact quite common to develop pigmentations (eg solar lentigos, melasma, etc) on the face especially for Asian skin types, and from middle age onwards. Other than the usual excessive sun exposure, another reason can be genetic factors as you have pointed out.
It is very encouraging for you to adopt sun protection measures. However still, if your pigmentations keep recurring, it is best to let a doctor help you to manage and hand-hold youto further treat and...