Treatment and Prevention of Brown Spots
A question we often get is how to lighten brown spots. Summer is approaching, and this is a time that we can see darkening or an increase in these unsightly spots. First, it is important to understand the etiology of brown spots, which are different from moles. The usual culprits for brown spots are solar lentigines, freckling resulting from sun damage, melasma, which appears as patchy brown spots on the skin, or post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, which often occurs after trauma to the skin from cuts, acne, or bites.
Treatment of brown spots is equally as important as prevention. Sun exposure will cause hyperpigmentation of the existing spots so avoidance is key in conjunction with the application of broad spectrum sun-screens. Try Elta MD, MDSolarSciences or Nia 24sunscreens, which you can purchase at our office. For lightening of already existing spots and to improve overall skin tone, try Nia 24 Rapid depigmentation serum, which contains Vitamin C, Pro-Niacin, willowbark, and nutmeg oil, all ingredients that interrupt the cellular process by which hyperpigmentation occurs. Prescription products such Tri-Luma cream, a compound that contains Hydroquinone 4%, Fluocinolone acetonide .01%, and tretinoin .05% can be prescribed to use daily. Lastly, we offer Broad Band Laser (BBL) treatments in our office, which allows us to precisely treat and eradicate brown spots virtually anywhere on the body, tailored to your skin type. BBL is a non-invasive treatment with minimal downtime, allowing you to immediately return to work after.