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Preventing and Treating Sunspots

Apr 24, 2015 02:29PM ● By Hood Magazine
By Lornell E. Hansen II, MD, Owner and Medical Director: LazaDerm Skincare Centre


What are Sunspots and why do they appear? 

When your skin is exposed to the UVA (aging) rays and a UVB (burning) rays from the sun or tanning beds, your skin produces melanin. This makes skin darker and forms a protective layer to defend the deeper layers from further damage. Over time, as the skin continues to be exposed, these spots remain even when your tan has long faded away.


What is the best way to prevent sunspots?

The absolute best prevention method against sunspots is to use sunblock all year long on those areas that are commonly exposed, such as face, neck, hands and arms. During the summer months or any time when you spend an extended amount of time outdoors, be sure you are reapplying sunblock every couple of hours.


What can I do to treat sunspots and discoloration I already have?

If sunspots are a concern, always check with your doctor to make sure they are not cancerous. There are several different options to help treat the dark pigmentation of the skin.


What is broadband light (BBL) and how does it work?

BBL is a phototherapy technology that allows your trained physician to precisely treat age and sun spots through the benefits of light energy. The heat from the BBL is absorbed by the specific targeted areas of skin being treated, stimulating your skin cells to regenerate new collagen. In addition, the photo-thermal energy will reduce unwanted melanin that produces the skins dark pigmentation, restoring your skin and blending its natural colors, making it smoother, vibrant and younger looking.


What can skincare products REALLY do for my sunspots?

The technology behind topical skincare treatments is constantly evolving and offering more powerful and noticeable results. Vitamin C and retinol are two of the top contenders in the fight against sunspots and aging skin. Vitamin C is a strong antioxidant and defender against free radicals, while working below the skins surface to prevent new melanin pigment from forming. Retinol is a powerful combatant against numerous signs of aging, helping speed up your skins cell turnover, suppressing the production of melanin and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. For stubborn discoloration, your physician may recommend a topical cream containing hydroquinone, a pigment suppresser that aggressively attacks your skins discoloration helping to restore the even color and tone of your skin.