White spots on skin can occur for a number of reasons, although in the vast majority of cases, it’s that great big ball of fire in the sky that is to blame. In certain countries such as Thailand for example, the locals go to great lengths to avoid the sun, not because they’re concerned about spots, or even skin cancer, but simply because they want to be as light as possible. Even though they avoid the sun for a different reason, they’re effectively avoiding unwanted skin conditions and also premature aging.
In the west however, many thousands, if not millions of people flock to the beaches with every opportunity they have in search of that golden tan. While a lovely even tan may well look great, it does come at a price. Apart from the obvious things like cancer and premature aging, tanning can and does cause white spots on skin.
In some cases, the root cause could be genetic. In other words, some of the skin cells may not produce enough melanin to be affected by the sun’s UV rays. In this case, when the surrounding areas of skin start to go brown, those areas where melanin is lacking will remain light in color. This is essentially a genetic condition known as idiopathic guttate hypomelanosis, and to date, there is no cure. The only way for people with this condition to avoid spots is to abstain from tanning altogether.
Various drugs can also cause a person’s skin to become very sensitive to sunlight. A good example of this would be many of the birth control drugs currently on the market. This increased sensitivity to sunlight doesn’t in itself cause white spots on skin, but it instead causes an uneven tan, thereby giving the impression a person has white spots or white patches. Fortunately, as the tan fades, so to do the spots, and if the medication is stopped, you’ll once again be able to have a nice even tan.
Fungus can also result in white spots or patches on a person’s skin. In this case, the fungus enters the skin and essentially shields the skin cells from the UV rays. As the sun’s rays are unable to penetrate the infected areas, those areas will not become tanned, no matter how much time you spend in the sun. This type of fungal infection is actually relatively common, but fortunately it’s also not contagious. Another bit of good news here is that there are many treatments available, including several all-natural skin creams.
When the average person first begins to notice the appearance of light or dark spots, they invariably either rush of to the doctor, or else they rush of to the nearest supermarket in search of some sort of magical spot remover. While there’s no harm in seeing your doctor, and in fact it’s always better to be safe rather than sorry, he or she will more than likely tell you there is nothing they can do. In that case, you’ll need to buy a commercially available cream or lotion, and of course your best bet would be to buy a product made from 100% natural ingredients. Inevitably, you’re likely to come across several such products, but in my opinion, there’s one particular make which stands out in a crowd, and that’s the Xtend-Life range of skin care.
Xtend-Life health and skin care products are amongst the few which have proven themselves beyond all doubt in clinical trials, and on top of that, they are also soft and gentle on your skin.