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Reducing The Look Of Sun Spots

Dear Sugar
I am looking at different options to remove the sun spots on my face. I know that if I choose micro dermabrasion, facials or glycolic facials, I will need to have a series of treatments to see any results.

I've read that a dermatologist can bleach them out, but that it's a very expensive process. Do you have any advice on how I can accomplish lightening my sun spots in the most cost effective way? Spotty Dottie

Dear Spotty Dottie
Fade creams are a popular way to diminish the look of age/sun/liver spots. These over-the-counter creams contain a 2% hydroquinone content (a bleaching agent) that will aid in the fading process.

But even better results are obtained when the cream is used in conjunction with a glycolic acid moisturizer. Retin-A, Retinova are prescription creams that seem to be more effective than the over-the-counter creams.

The more invasive options are: chemical peels and laser resurfacing.

Chemical peels use 30%-70% glycolic acid so the fading factor is more dramatic than when using creams. The treatment is simple and short but you will need at least a few to reach the full effects.

Laser resurfacing is when the spots are burned off the skin's surface. Results are instant (1 session, maybe 2) - however there's a 1 week recovery time involved and the cost is higher than peels or creams.

Unfortunately, to see amazing results, it's going to cost you. It's much easier to prevent sun spots than it is to remove them - sorry, I know no one likes to hear an "I told you so."

The best way to live going forward is to ALWAYS WEAR SUNSCREEN, limit your alcohol intake, and eat a well balanced diet rich in green leafy vegetables, carrots, yams, and other foods that are high in carotene.

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