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Brown Spots Removal

Brown Spots Removal

Brow spots removal is the process or fading or eliminating brown spots from aging skin which has been over exposed to the sun. Unlike freckles, brown spots (age spots) are permanent and do not fade in the winter time.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Are The Top Brown Spots Removal Options?

There are various methods of treating brown spots with differing cost and success rates. The best treatment option for each individual will largely depend on their budget, skin type and desired outcomes. Some treatments take longer than others to achieve the optimal results, some offer longer lasting results and others carry increased risks. The main options for reducing brown spots include bleaching creams, chemical peels, laser treatments and IPL (Intense Pulsed Light).

Bleaching Creams Brown Spots Removal

Bleaching creams may take several months to gradually lighten the pigment of brown spots. Unfortunately, their effectiveness is questionable. Prescription creams may provide better results however they are more expensive and may have side effects which include drying out the skin, peeling and redness.

Over the counter creams usually contain a bleaching agent called hydroquinone (usually in a 2% concentration). Prescription lotions can either use single agents (for example Retin-A) or combine medications such as hydroquinone and tretinoin.

Chemical Peels Brown Spots Removal

Using chemical peels to lighten brown spots is also a gradual process. You may need several peels in order to lighten the color of brown spots to a level you deem acceptable. The effectiveness of using chemical peels depends largely on the chemicals used and the depth of the peel. A dermatologist can formulate a peel appropriate to your skin type. Lighter peels are more affordable. However they don’t offer the same results ad deeper peels. Deep chemicals peels can be just as expensive as a laser treatment.

The lightening is more effective when stronger concentrations are used, however the risks involved and the recovery time increase with the concentration. A blue peel can also be used for pigmentation concerns including brown spots. This TCA peel uses blue shading in order to monitor the depth of the peel and increase visibility of areas covered.

Laser Resurfacing Brown Spots Removal

The fastest method of removing brown spots is through laser resurfacing. This procedure uses a laser to remove the outermost layers of the skin. Along with brown spots, this treatment can also improve wrinkles and other age related discoloration. Often, only one treatment is required to eliminate most brown spots. Stronger lasers can provide a more dramatic effect, with the carbon dioxide (CO2) laser being the most powerful. An effective laser treatment can remove brown spots for up to five years, depending on your subsequent exposure to the sun and other factors.

Lasers are an invasive way of stripping or resurfacing your skin. The recovery is painful and makes your skin red and swollen. Common side effects also include oozing and crusting. The risks involve infection, scarring, milia, hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation and having red skin for lengthy periods (often months).

IPL Brown Spots Removal

Popularly used for facial rejuvenation and hair removal, IPL can also fade brown spots. The results do not last as long as laser treatment (usually around 12 months). However, the risks and recovery are much tamer with Intense Pulsed Light treatment. This is because IPL works on deeper layers of the skin rather than the epidermis. You may require multiple treatments (generally 4 to 6 is the average) to suitably lighten your brown spots. Whilst IPL costs more than mild to medium chemical peels and bleaching creams, it is less expensive than laser resurfacing.

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