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How to fade dark age spots and other blemishes

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How to fade dark age spots and other blemishes


Dark spots on the face and body may be common, especially as you get older, but that doesn't make them any less bothersome for some people. The most prevalent types of spots—known as sunspots (lentigines) and age spots (seborrheic keratoses)—appear on areas of the body that are often exposed to the sun. While there's no single treatment to remove all dark spots or guarantee they'll disappear permanently, various cosmetic services and products can help improve the appearance of these unwanted blemishes.

Connect with a skin expert.

A board-certified dermatologist can check your skin and determine the nature of your spots, including whether anything looks suspicious. They also can go over treatment options if you want the spots removed.

Consider a cosmetic service.

Once you've met with a dermatologist, you'll have a good idea of what may work to address your spots. For example, age spots can be treated with lasers or cryotherapy. Sun spots can be treated with BroadBand Light™ Therapy, cryotherapy, creams and SPF. Regardless, it's important to know that treatments can lighten the area, partially fade it or, depending on the specific spot, sometimes make no difference. Multiple treatments are required to achieve the best results. Discuss your options carefully with your provider, including potential side effects.

Invest in effective skincare products.

With so many sunscreens and brightening creams on the market, it can be hard to know what ones are best for you. A consultation with a medical skincare specialist can take the guesswork out of the process and help find you the right remedy within your budget. For dark spots, these products contain glycolic acid and/or kojic acid. Remember: When you start using a new product, it can take months to notice results. Be consistent and patient.

Find the most effective products for your skin with the help of a medical skincare specialist in Dermatology—Heidi Halfmann—or in Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics—Annie Holliday and Kristine Moon, LE. Call (608) 775-2382 (Dermatology) or (608) 775-2376 (Plastic Surgery) to schedule today.

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