If you play peek-a-boo with the dark spots on your face every time you apply makeup, we understand the struggle. You apply foundation, then concealer and then set it with powder, and yet, that brown spot still manages to peek through the makeup!

These black spots are caused due to hyperpigmentation, and occur primarily on the face, shoulders and back. Let’s dive a little into the causes of black spots, so you can take better care and prevent them from paying you a visit!

Pollution is a major cause you didn’t know was causing your dark spots
 

Pollution is a major cause you didn’t know was causing your dark spots

When your skin is exposed to pollutants in the air, your skin tries to fight it by producing melanin and antioxidants. These cause dark spots on your skin.

You guessed it. Sun exposure causes dark spots in a jiffy!
 

You guessed it. Sun exposure causes dark spots in a jiffy!

Melanin, the pigment that gives your skin its colour is produced in response to exposure to the sun. It is actually very beneficial to your skin as it prevents the UV rays from penetrating. However, too much exposure can cause an abnormal amount of pigment to be produced, which in turn results in dark spots.

Dark spots are also a not-so-sweet reminder of acne and acne scars
 

Dark spots are also a not-so-sweet reminder of acne and acne scars

Known as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, acne leave behind small scars and pigmented areas that turn into dark spots.

Try:Pond’s White Beauty Day Cream helps gradually reduce the intensity of scars and reveal brighter skin by increasing cell renewal

Do not pop pimples and do not scratch them, however satisfying it might seem
 

Do not pop pimples and do not scratch them, however satisfying it might seem

Popping pimples and scratching an existing one may make your skin try to defend itself by producing excess melanin in the surrounding region. This may result in dark spots. So never touch an active pimple as the bacteria on your fingers may also worsen it.

Try: Keep your skin clean and devoid of bacteria with a face wash like Pond’s Pure White Anti-Pollution with Activated Charcoal Face Wash. This has charcoal which is very effective at sucking out impurities from the skin.

Pregnancy and birth-control pills can also effect changes like dark spots
 

Pregnancy and birth-control pills can also effect changes like dark spots

Hormonal imbalances in your body, like during pregnancy, menopause and when you are on birth-control pills can cause the appearance of dark spots. When exposed to the sun, these spots intensify and get deep rooted. So use sun protection every day, all year round.

Try: Lakmé Sun Expert Fairness + UV lotion with SPF 30 PA+, which offers lightweight, matte protection against the sun