When it comes to treating dark spots or brown spots on your face, you may be left feeling a bit confused because of the array of products that line store and salon shelves claiming that they can fade away these discolorations. Over time, sun damage may cause dark spots to present themselves on your face, neck, and chest area as well as your hands. The sun is the leading cause of these unsightly spots, but this doesn’t mean that you have to accept them and live with them forever.
You can treat pigmentation a few different ways, but it is imperative to start using a high quality SPF of at least 30 every day. This should be applied to your face, neck, and don’t forget your hands! Apply this at least 30 minutes before stepping outdoors so that it can absorb before your skin ever sees the sun.
Next, choose a skin lightening agent. Hydroquinone and licorice root extract are two lightening agents commonly found in products formulated to target dark spots and pigmentation on the skin. Kojic acid is another agent that may be found in some of these products. It may be found in soaps, lotions, serums, and creams.
You may choose to visit a dermatologist to help you address the problem. The dermatologist may also prescribe a retinoid product to work in conjunction with the lightening product. The idea behind this is that the retinoid product will help the skin to better absorb the lightening agent. It must be noted that it takes time and patience in order to see results from products such as these. It will also require your consistency in applying the products each day as directed by your dermatologist.
For faster results, you may choose to look into laser treatments that are developed to treat dark spots. There are many different types of lasers on the market and each dermatologist’s office may use a different type. An IPL (intense pulsed light) is often used as a treatment for dark spots on the skin. The V-Beam laser may treat red and brown pigmentation. A laser treatment may require some downtime afterward, as the skin may develop purpura, which is a purple discoloration. Within a week’s time, these spots should fade and there should be some lightening of the spots. They may go away completely after only one laser treatment or they may take several treatments depending on the darkness and type of pigmentation. As always, it is important to protect your skin after the laser treatment with SPF, which will also prevent more pigmentation from appearing in the future.