Spots and blotches, even on low levels, bother most patients. The causes are varied, as are the treatments to correct and blend out pigmented spots. Of course the main culprit is sun. As much as it feels great to be by the pool, at the beach or anywhere outside, the damage that’s occurring over time adds up. Many people are surprised to see discoloration sort of “pop up” without warning.
You’re well-advised to always use sunscreen or sun block. But even near-religious use of sunscreen can’t promise you’ll not have pigmentation problems at some point. Age and hormones (and heat in general) all precipitate pigmentation. Luckily, most people are good candidates for dermatology treatments to lessen discoloration.
Not everyone can benefit from the same treatments. Your ancestry will determine some of your treatment choices, as will the severity of your problem and your lifestyle. As odd as it may seem, those with the lightest skin tend to get the most results from the power of lasers and more aggressive procedures. Darker skins have to slow down the correction process so they don’t end up with even more splotches and spots.
Here are the different dermatology treatments for returning your skin to a more even tone and coloration.
Brown Spots, Melasma and Redness
Brown spots can show up anywhere you’ve had sun exposure. Call them what you will, but no one likes them.
Many treatments can lighten or even eliminate brown spots found on your face, arms, chest or hands.
- Fraxel DUAL is a pigment specific and can be used anywhere and everywhere.
- Clear and Brilliant Permea Laser gently blends uneven skin tone and helps the skin absorb products used for lightening.
- Cosmelan is an all-skin-friendly professional mask treatment for discoloration.
- Alex Trivantage is great for concentrated dark skin spots
- Skin care products now contain ingredients that specifically are included to reduce spots and lighten your skin. Non hydroquinone formulations practically eliminate sensitivity risks.
Melasma is a unique form of hyperpigmentation. Because it’s hormone-driven, treatment choices are more limited. The “wrong” treatment for Melasma can actually make it worse.Take a look at some of the safer options.
- Cosmelan Mask Peel is an all-skin-friendly peel/extended treatment combo. An in-office peel jump starts the process of lifting pigmentation that’s near the surface. At home products help suppress pigment cell activity
- dEp Mask is an at-home facial or spot mask that uses microcurrent to deeply infuse pigmentation-fighting vitamin c.
- Sunscreen (sun block if you are always in a rush out the door) is a necessity for any Melasma sufferer. Make it a part of your every day
Redness can have many causes. Tiny enlarged or broken capillaries are among one of the most common reasons. The cause determines the treatment, so you’ll want to see a dermatologist to distinguish between common vein enlargement and Rosacea.
- Vbeam is a vascular laser that seals expanded and broken blood vessels
- Redness is increased from sun exposure, making cover up important
- Larger veins on the legs can also be treated with Sclerotherapy injections
- Topical and/or oral medications are more often used for Rosacea
If you would like to learn more about Skin Discoloration and the treatment options available, please call our office at 949-727-3800 today to schedule a consultation or fill out the form on this page and one of our trusted staff members will reach out to you promptly.