The appearance of brown spots on the face is more common in women than men. This has to do with the frequent hormonal changes in women during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause. In fact, women who are using birth control pills are far more likely to develop unsightly brown spots.
If regular use of sunscreen did not stop these brown spots from appearing on your face, the following cosmetic treatments can help:
Topical products containing hydroquinone
Serums and creams containing hydroquinone are the first line of defense in reducing the appearance of facial brown spots. Most of these topical products are sold over the counter, but those with higher concentrations (about four percent) need to be obtained through a prescription.
Chemical peels containing alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) such as glycolic acid and lactic acid have been shown to be effective in reducing the appearance of brown spots. This has to do with their molecular size, which allows for maximum penetration into the upper layers of the skin. AHA peels lighten brown spots two ways: removing the skin’s top layers where hyperpigmented cells accumulate and by inhibiting melanin (the skin pigment responsible for the appearance of brown spots) production.
Both ablative and nonablative lasers have also been shown to work for lightening brown spots. However, laser treatments don’t work as well for dark-skinned individuals.
Schedule a personal consultation today to learn more about lightening age spots. Call 808-949-7568 today to set up an appointment!