There’s nothing more frustrating than looking in the mirror and discovering spots or freckles. These age spots can be brought on from past breakouts called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. They can also be mark of ultraviolet exposure.
This occurs when your skin increases its melanin production in response to age and the UV radiation from the sun. With the number of people experiencing the same problem of hyperpigmentation, fortunately, there are also many options at your disposal that can help reduce these pesky spots. The list below provides tried and tested methods that generally leave promising results.
Method #1: Creams and Lotions
There seems to be a never-ending list of over-the-counter topical fade creams in the market. All of them aim to lighten the pigmented spots without the need for a prescription. You should take the time to collect enough research before buying a product on a whim.
Some products contain harmful ingredients like mercury, leaving skin irritated and dry. It’s better to consult a dermatologist as they will know what best suits your needs.
When using creams and lotions, the time it takes for your dark spots to heal and lighten can range between weeks to months. Using pharmaceutical grade creams and lotions like those from Dermafirm produce quicker results because they contain high levels of effective ingredients.
Method #2: Laser Treatment.
Laser treatment and intense pulsed light therapies aim to reduce melanin-producing cells without harming the skin’s surface. This is a fool-proof way of getting rid of any spots on your face. This type of treatment can be costly and typically requires two to three sessions, and sometimes as many as five.
After the procedure, age spots can gradually fade over a few months. Some slight discolouration of the skin may manifest, though it will all completely fade once your skin has completely adjusted. To that end, wearing sun protection with at least 30 SPF is crucial after undergoing laser or intense pulsed light therapy. Also using a post-operative laser treatment cream like Dermafirm’s ‘L Cream will help the skin to heal and regenerate much faster.
Method #3: Cryotherapy
Cryotherapy is a procedure that involves using a cotton-tipped swab dipped in freezing agent to apply to age spots. This destroys the extra layer of pigmentation, which is another way that can effectively lighten the dark spots as the skin heals from having a thin barrier broken down. This method is ideal for getting rid of single age spots of at least a small grouping of these dark spots. However, it can pose a slight risk of permanent scarring or discolouration if done incorrectly. Using Dermafirm’s ’S Cream on these spots help them to heal effectively without scarring the tissue underneath.
Method #4: Microdermabrasion
This method consists of gently sanding down the surface layer of your skin with a soft, rapidly rotating brush. The dark spots are lightened every time a new surface area of the skin grows in its place, though you will need to undergo several treatments for it to work within months. It can cause temporary redness and scab formation, so it’s best to consult with your dermatologist if your skin type can be appropriate for this procedure.
If you’re looking for additional advice on skincare practices, Dermafirm is your best option. Get in touch with us today to see how we can help.