Dark spots are usually caused by the sun in which case they are lentigos (sun spots) or freckles. Other benign skin growths can be characterized as darks spots including seborrheic keratosis (a benign growth), benign moles, and melanoma. Sometimes dark spots are the result of prior inflammation in the skin such as from acne, eczema, infection, or other rashes. The darker your skin complexion and easier you tan the more likely you are to get dark spots from inflammation. Sun protection is the most important thing to do first in preventing and treating dark spots. Other treatments that we offer may be very beneficial and include laser IPL treatments, prescription bleaching creams, chemical peels, Obagi, and cryotherapy.