Brown spots – we don’t like them. Whether caused by the sun, irritation or injury (PIH – post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation) they are aging, annoying and difficult to get rid of.
The IPL (intense pulsed light) is usually the go to treatment for removing them, but is there an alternative to expensive IPL treatments? Absolutely!
Dr. Obagi built his empire on treating hyperpigmentation with only product. Considered medical grade (meaning only available through a physician), it has many steps to the regimen and includes using Retin-A – sometimes irritating to users. It also relies heavily on hydroquinone – another ingredient not suitable for some.
So what’s left?
Vitamin C will help to lighten or fade the skin, but I would recommend a higher quality such as Cellex-C. Vitamin C oxidizes quickly, so refrigerate it and it will last longer.
SkinMedica’s Lytera is a very good hydroquinone alternative. Using Vitamin C, Niacinamide, Retinol, Hexylresorcinol and Tetrapeptide it attacks the hyperpigmentation on many levels.
Made from certain types of fungi and mixed with hydrogen peroxide 0.012% in order to be ‘activated’ Elure’s Melanozyme is gaining popularity. While new to the scene, it shows a lot of promise.
Epionce’s MelanoLyte Pigment Perfecting Serum blends Turmeric, Bamboo, Pea, Paper Mulberry and Peppermint Leaf extracts to lighten spots without irritation.
No matter which product you use, remember that it takes up to 2 weeks to really work – so give it a chance. And don’t forget your sunblock – even a little sun will make those pesky spots return!
Work with your Skin Care Professional and invest in products that work, not products that sound good because of their marketing or because a certain celebrity swears by them.
Until next time….