Sun spots, also called solar lentigines or age spots, are caused by exposure to the sun. They are usually flat, brown spots covering sun-exposed areas such as the face, neck, chest, arms and legs. One of the ways to prevent sun spots is to use sunscreen daily, and re-apply especially if in direct sunlight for prolonged periods of time. But what can you do when you already have sun spots?
Reducing Sun Spots
One of the best ways to reduce the amount of sun spots you have is by IPL, or intense pulsed light. Technically a broadband pulsed light source and not a laser, it is often a quick and painless procedure with little to no downtime. Many other laser procedures require a topical numbing cream to be applied prior to treatment but with IPL, it is not necessary since it is usually well tolerated by patients. Immediately after treatment, skin may appear red in color but resolves quickly within days to a week depending on your skin. The sun spots turn darker immediately after treatment, and they continue to crust and fall off over a period of a couple weeks. With any cosmetic laser, a series of 3 treatments is required to see optimal results.
IPL is not only used to reduce sun spots, but it can also be used for redness on the face caused by superficial arteries or rosacea. Similar to the treatment for sun spots, a series of 3 is recommended for the best results.
Combining topical treatments with the laser can further enhance your results. ZO Skin Health’s Brightalive Skin Brightener is a great addition to any IPL treatments. You can find more information about this product here: Brightalive® – ZO Skin Health Inc For redness, ZO Skin Health’s Rozatrol serum is effective at reducing red and irritated skin caused by sensitive skin/rosacea. You can learn more here: Rozatrol® – ZO Skin Health Inc