Banishing Brown Spots

Lightening those stubborn brown spots the sun leaves behind can be quite the task. Most dermatologists will start off suggesting topical treatments that work overtime to correct skin damage. Using these in combination with peels, laser treatments, and sunscreen can correct and prevent future damage. Here are the most common treatments for brown spots:

Hydroquinone– Your dermatologists might suggest this topical treatment that is the most effective ingredient for reducing and potentially eliminating brown skin discolorations on skin often referred to as melasma. Skin Medica’s Lytera erases dark spots in as little as 4 four weeks and continues to improve skin over time. (Lytera: $125)

Lytera

Retinoids– They work by prompting surface skin cells to turn over and die rapidly, making way for new cell growth underneath. Retinoids boost collagen to reduce fine lines, even out discoloration and smooth the skin. We suggest Obagi Tretenoin for treating the deeper layers of the skin ($80)

Obagi Tret

Vitamin C – Protects the skin cells from UV-related damage, promotes collagen production, lessens minor hyperpigmentation, and reduces inflammation. We like Neocutis ReActive, one of the most complete anti-oxidant defense systems available; 250 times more concentrated Vitamin C than an orange! ($140)

neocutis-reactive

Chemical Peels– Peels that use salicylic acid, lactic acid, glycolic acid, or TCA are great for melasma, acne scars, and light sunspots and even skin texture. A series of peels is normally suggested for best results. (Average cost: $150)

IPL– Best used for sun-damaged skin, IPL (Intensive Pulsed Light) works by delivering beams of light though the skin that targets and breaks up melanin. A few days after treatment, your brown spots will turn darker and begin to flake off, revealing new, revitalized skin. Again, a series of treatments is usually required to see full results. (Average cost: $400)

Laser Resurfacing– This more aggressive form of laser therapy is best for severe sun damage and acne scars. During laser resurfacing, fractionated energy is delivered to skin to incite a wound healing response. When treating hyperpigmentation, low energy non-ablative fractional treatments are used, otherwise new pigmentation might develop (Average cost: $1,000)

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