How Do I Get Rid of Dark (Age or Sun) Spots?

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Aug 20

Michelle Erickson

How Do I Get Rid of Dark (Age or Sun) Spots?

by Michelle Erickson

How Do I Get Rid of Dark (Age or Sun) Spots?

Who doesn’t love the sun?  After many years of sun exposure, the accumulative damage to your skin can cause dark spots, hyperpigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles. Over time the effects of sun exposure and aging will increase. How do you get rid of age spots and hyperpigmentation?

Prevention

The best way to eliminate dark spots is prevention and protection. 3 ways you can protect your skin are:

  • Sunscreen – ALWAYS wear a broad spectrum sunscreen (UVA/UVB) with an SPF of 15 or higher. Reapply every 2 hours and immediately after swimming.
  • Cover Up – Large brim hats will protect your head, face and neck from exposure to the sun. Covering you skin with clothing including long sleeves, pants, gloves and socks is recommended.
  • Time of Day – Avoid the sun from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, the time of day in which sunrays are the most intense.

Skin Brightening Products

Skin care products with Hydroquinone are used to lighten dark spots, age spots or sun spots caused by sun damage. Hydroquinone can also even skin tone and improve hyperpigmentation.

IPL – Intense Pulse Light

Intense Pulse Light (IPL)  Photo Facials are recommended for fading dark spots, age spots, freckles, redness and rosacea.  Accumulated sun damage causes skin discoloration and dark spots which predominately occur on the face or chest.  These are common areas in many patients who have had successful and dramatically noticeable results using IPL. To maximize the benefits 3-5 treatments 2-4 weeks apart are recommended. IPL is in an office procedure, with little to no side-effects and no downtime.

After your IPL treatments use sunscreen, hats and other clothing to protect and prevent additional sun damage.

Pros:

  • Little to no downtime
  • Long-lasting results
  • Minimal side effects
  • Can be performed anywhere on the body

Cons:

  • 3-5 treatments may be required for best results
  • Not effective for dark or tanned skin
  • Must avoid the sun after each treatment

Chemical Peel

A chemical peel is the process of applying safe chemicals to the skin to peel off or remove old skin promoting new skin growth resulting in a younger appearance.  Chemical peels are typically applied to the face, chin and neck. Chemicals used are phenol, trichloroacetic acid and alphahydroxy acids.   Peels come in different strengths various skin care brands.

Chemical peels may be effective at correcting sun damage, fading age spots and hyperpigmentation, improve superficial carts, smooth skin and reduce find lines.

Combination

For optimal results, use a combination of sunscreen, Hydroquinone, IPL and chemical peels.

  1. Always use Sunscreen
  2. When not being treated with IPL or chemical peels use Hydroquinone to fade dark spots and even skin tone. Stop using Hydroquinone 1 week prior to an IPL treatment and begin again 1 week after.
  3. Repeat IPL treatments on an annual basis.
  4. Alternate between IPL treatments and chemical peels during your treatment period.

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