The Causes of Brown Spots and How to Treat Them

Do you have small brown spots that have appeared on your face, chest, shoulders, arms, or other part of your body? Brown spots are a common problem, affecting millions of people each year. While these spots are usually painless and may even go unnoticed, they can sometimes be quite visible and make the person feel self-conscious. In this post, we’ll explain what brown spots really are, what causes them, and how to treat them here in Tampa Bay.

What are Those Pesky Brown Spots?

Brown spot is actually just an informal name for hyperpigmentation, which is simply a darkening of the skin due to increased pigment (melanin) in a certain area. Brown spots are also sometimes called sun spots, age spots, or liver spots. Hyperpigmentation can happen in just one part of the body or all over. Freckles and moles are common examples of hyperpigmentation as well.

Causes of Brown Spots

Brown spots are typically caused by damaged skin cells overproducing melanin. This can be due to various reasons. Here are some of the most common:

  • Sun damage
  • Genetics
  • Hormone changes
  • Vitamin deficiencies
  • Skin injury
  • Certain medications
  • Melasma
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Addison’s disease
  • Other adrenal disorders

Treatments for Brown Spots

While brown spots are typically harmless and don’t require medical treatment, they can be unsightly. For clients who dislike the appearance of brown spots on their skin, we offer treatment options that can blast them away, including:

Chemical peels

For mild to moderate hyperpigmentation, a chemical peel is a great first line of attack. Your aesthetician can help you determine which chemical peel is best for your exact situation. At Ultimate Image, we offer a full array of chemical peels for all skin needs. Some of our most popular chemical peels for hyperpigmentation include our glycolic acid peels, Jessner peel, VI Peel Precision, Plus, and 20% TCA Intense peel.


Microdermabrasion is another great choice for mild to moderate hyperpigmentation. Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive, chemical-free way to slough the outer layer of skin off and reveal healthy, fresh skin cells below. This also removes skin cells that are producing too much melanin. The procedure is quick and easy, can be done on your lunch hour, and gives great results.

Fraxel laser therapy

For more severe brown spots, we offer Fraxel laser therapy. Fraxel uses light energy to create microthermal zones deep within the skin. These zones are then regenerated with fresh skin cells, leaving the client with a healthy glow and a more even skin tone. Fraxel continues working after the procedure as collagen is rebuilt in the treatment area, further improving the skin’s appearance. This non-invasive treatment is a revolution in skin aesthetics and loved by brown spot sufferers for its effectiveness.

Brown Spot Treatment in Tampa Bay

No matter what severity of brown spots, or hyperpigmentation, you’re dealing with, Ultimate Image Cosmetic Medical Center has a solution. With two convenient Tampa Bay locations – Tampa and Clearwater – Ultimate Image can banish those brown spots and get you back to your regular life in no time. To schedule a hyperpigmentation consultation, give us a call at 727-799-7000 today.