The Best Sun Spot Treatments To Reduce Dark Spots From Sun Damage With Ink-B-Gone
Sun spots, also known as solar lentigines, are flat, darkened patches that appear on skin exposed to the sun. They range in color from light brown to black and are caused by years of UV exposure. While harmless, many people seek treatment for sun spots because they make the skin appear uneven and aged.
The good news is that there are several effective options for treating sun spots and restoring a brighter, more even complexion. In this article, we’ll explore the pros and cons of the leading sun spot removal techniques.
What Causes Sun Spots?
Sun spots form as a result of cumulative UV radiation damage. Solar lentigines appear most often on areas frequently exposed to the sun, like the face, chest, hands, and arms. Other factors that make sun spots more likely include:
- Fair or freckled skin
- Older age
- Geographic location – More sun exposure means more sun damage
The UV rays cause melanin producing cells in the skin, known as melanocytes, to grow in a cluster, forming a concentrated area of pigmentation.
Over time, these dark spots tend to grow larger and darker, which is why sun protection is so important.
Home Remedies and Over-the-Counter Treatments
There are a number of products available over-the-counter that can help lighten sun spots. These use ingredients like hydroquinone, kojic acid, vitamin C, glycolic acid, and retinoids to gently exfoliate and inhibit melanin production:
- Creams/Serums – Look for formulas containing 2% hydroquinone. Apply to spots twice daily.
- Exfoliating Toners/Pads – Wipes and toners with glycolic or lactic acid help accelerate skin cell turnover.
- Vitamin C Serums – Topical vitamin C inhibits melanin production to help fade spots.
- Retinol Creams – Retinol boosts collagen and helps pigmentation.
- Sunscreen – Prevent new spots by diligently wearing SPF 30+ sunscreen daily.
Results from over-the-counter products tend to be gradual. It may take 2-3 months of consistent use to notice significant fading of sun spots. Always follow directions carefully when using hydroquinone or acids at home.
Professional Sun Spot Treatments
For more dramatic improvement, visit a dermatologist or medspa for professional sun spot removal. Popular clinical treatments include:
Chemical peels use AHA acids like glycolic acid at higher concentrations to exfoliate the outer damaged skin layers. Light peels can reduce spots, while deeper peels may fully remove them.
This minimally invasive treatment uses a handheld wand to spray fine crystals across the skin, gently “sanding” away the surface layer. This triggers new collagen and elastin growth for brighter skin.
Lasers send concentrated beams of light to targeted areas, destroying sun spots while leaving surrounding skin intact. IPL photofacials and fractional CO2 lasers work well. May require multiple sessions.
The dermatologist applies liquid nitrogen to sun spots, freezing and destroying the extra melanin. Dark spots peel off within 1-2 weeks, revealing clearer skin underneath.
Chemical Peel + Laser Combo
For severely sun damaged skin, combining a deep chemical peel to resurface skin with a follow-up laser treatment can provide excellent results.
Prevention Is Better Than Treatment
While sun spots can be managed, it’s best to prevent their formation through diligent sun protection:
- Seek shade during peak sun hours (10am-2pm)
- Wear protective clothing like wide-brimmed hats, UV-blocking sunglasses and tightly-woven long sleeves/pants when outdoors
- Generously apply broad spectrum SPF 30+ sunscreen to all exposed skin year-round
- Reapply sunscreen every 2 hours when outdoors, even on cloudy days
- Avoid deliberate tanning from the sun or tanning beds, which emit UVA rays that prematurely age skin
The earlier in life you are diligent about daily sunscreen use and sun avoidance, the better chance you’ll have of maintaining an even, youthful skin tone over time. But know there are options to improve the appearance of existing sun spots whenever you’re ready.
Pros and Cons of Sun Spot Treatments
|Gradual results, daily compliance needed
|Improve skin tone, exfoliate
|Multiple treatments needed
|Dramatic spot reduction
|More expensive, recovery time
|Quickly removes spots
|Can lighten surrounding skin too
Don’t Live With Sun Spots – Consult an Expert
If sun spots or skin discoloration are making you self-conscious about your appearance, know that you have options. Professional treatments from a dermatologist or medspa can safely, effectively reduce the appearance of sun spots revealing a clearer, more even complexion.
Schedule a free consultation today with our skin experts. We’ll listen to your concerns, assess your skin, and devise a customized treatment plan to achieve your goals. Take control and feel confident in your skin again.
Services We Offer
Personalized Consultation: We start every patient with an in-depth skin analysis and health history review. This allows us to craft customized plans targeting your exact concerns and skin type. Ongoing guidance is provided throughout treatment.
Advanced Treatments: We offer a range of cutting-edge treatments including:
Chemical Peels: Medical grade acid solutions are applied to gently exfoliate and remove damaged outer skin layers, promoting cell turnover and revealing renewed skin. Improves tone, texture, fine lines, acne scars.
Laser Therapy: Precise lasers specifically remove old, irregular layers while heating deeper tissues to stimulate collagen and tighten. This resurfaces and smooths skin for dramatic rejuvenation.
Dermaplaning: A handheld scraper with a sterile blade is used to safely shave off dead skin and fine vellus hairs. This refines pores, allows better penetration of products, and immediately creates a glowing effect.
Microdermabrasion: A wand applies fine crystals in a polishing motion across the skin, causing a gentle abrasion to buff away dull surface cells. This is a non-chemical resurfacing.
Medical Grade Products: We provide pharmaceutical quality take-home products with peptides, growth factors and other key ingredients to maintain treatment effects.
Ongoing Support: We are committed to providing continuous support and guidance throughout your melasma treatment journey.
Why Choose Us?
Experienced Professionals: Our facial rejuvenation team includes board-certified dermatologists, licensed estheticians, and dedicated technicians specifically trained in the latest skin resurfacing procedures. We take pride in the expertise we offer.
Customized Treatment Plans: Your custom rejuvenation regimen is tailored not only to your skin type and tone but also lifestyle factors, wellness goals, and rate of aging. Our specialists develop integrated plans around your needs.
Cutting-edge Technology: We continually invest in introducing our patients to the most advanced systems in skin retexturing and renewal. Our innovative approach leverages combination platforms for optimal rejuvenation.
Compassionate Care: We prioritize your comfort and satisfaction throughout the treatment process.
Take the First Step Towards Clearer Skin: If you’re seeking effective facial rejuvenation services in Denver, schedule a personalized consultation with our skin renewal experts today. Let us help reveal a more youthful glow and smooth, vibrant complexion tailored to your aesthetic goals. Say goodbye to the challenges of aging skin and hello to newfound confidence!
Contact us to book your facial rejuvenation appointment or for any further inquiries into our personalized treatments and proven approach for optimal, lasting results. Our experienced team looks forward to working together towards your best skin.
“Shelley has been absolutely wonderful to work with--very professional, knowledgeable, accommodating, and resourceful (when different lasers were needed to break down scar tissue). I highly recommend Ink B Gone!”Lauren
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Facial Rejuvenation Treatment
Sun spots are caused by cumulative UV exposure from the sun or tanning beds. They form as a result of damage to skin cells and increased production of melanin pigment. Sun spots tend to appear more frequently with age, on fair skin, and in people who tan easily.
Preventing sun spots starts with diligent sun protection including wearing broad-spectrum SPF 30+ sunscreen daily, seeking shade during peak sun hours, and covering up with UV-blocking clothing. Avoiding excessive sun exposure and tanning beds can help minimize further skin damage.
The best candidates for laser removal have light to medium skin tones, are not prone to scarring/keloids, do not take medications that increase photosensitivity, and only have sun damage on the outer layer of skin. A consultation can determine if laser is right for you.
Most patients can return to normal activities immediately after laser treatment. There may be some temporary redness, swelling, or peeling lasting a few days. Make sure to avoid sun exposure while healing. Multiple treatments are often needed for best results.
It’s possible for new sun spots to develop after treatment if unprotected sun exposure continues. Be vigilant about sunscreen and protective clothing to maintain results. Avoiding additional UV damage can prevent new spots.
Over-the-counter medicated creams take longer to fade sun spots compared to professional treatments. Results are gradual over 2-3 months. Daily application and patience are required. Consult your dermatologist first.
Dermatologists do not recommend using at-home freezing kits for sun spots, as they can damage skin. It’s safer and more effective to have cryotherapy performed by an experienced medical professional.