Sooner or later you’ll get them. Well, most of us will ….. SUN SPOTS, AGE SPOTS, call them whatever you like, they are almost a guarantee!
Genetic factors, hormonal changes (women), years of (unprotected/insufficiently protected) sun exposure. All these things, dear ladies & gentlemen, have to do with LIGHT; SUNLIGHTto be more precise, although you do not need to actually SEE the sun for the light to be there.
UV light is present all year round, in our climates from February until October.Afther this – at least in the Northern Hemisphere – the strength of the sun will become much less.
Many of us refer to “sun spots” when we are speaking about hyperpigmented areas/spots. They ALLWAYS have to do with (sun)light. Ever noticed one on your bum ? Well, if you’re a naturist, I’ll take that back J
Ok, enough of that now, you all get what I’m saying here. Now the question is, once sun spots have become A FACT, what can we do about them ?
In an interresting interview I had with Dr. Françoise Guiot, dermatologist (Dutch version also), she explained a lot about the treatment of sun spots. Here are both her and my recommendations when it comes to treating them.
INITIALLY, decide whether you want to try yourself first and then go to see a dermatologist in case you’re not successfull, or go and see the dermatologist right away. Some products/treatments that you could try yourself are :
- Vitamin C serums,like Helena Rubinstein Force C serum , Vichy Vitamin C serum, Flavo-C serum, Mad Hippie Vitamin C serum. Vitamin C has the ability to “lighten” hyperpigmented spots, so you might be successfull trying this.
- Products based on the ingredient “Hexylresorcinol”like Louis Widmer Pigmacare or Eucerin.
- Use fruit Acids (AHA’s) to exfoliate (peel) your skin effectively.You can use Lotion P50 by Biologique Recherche (as a toner) or try an AHA cream like Klapp ASA Care Cream and Vyon AHA Cream. By peeling off the superficial layers, the overpigmented areas will slough off in a more rapid manner.
- If you want it a little stronger, get a prescription for a Hydroquinone cream,like Louis Widmer Pigmanorm. This one is easy to get in Belgium and Luxembourg, but harder to find in the Netherlands. Highly effective, but with some side effects, so bes ure to read the instructions well before you use !
In case you want to consult your dermatologist, he/she will often treat you with laser/IPL or chemical peels to get rid of the pigment problems right away. You might need several treatments and HOME CARE is VERY IMPORTANT, meaning the use of a preventive serum (like the ones mentionned above) and diligent use of a sun block !
I always lean towards using a serum when it comes to sun spots, because the active ingredients in a serum will mostly tend to be more concentrated than in a cream. (Except for AHA’s ; I prefer them as a toner or a cream).
Hyperpigmented spots always tend to COME BACK and this is why home care is so important. SPF will prevent further damage, but some active ingredients will make all the difference when it comes to maintaining a bright, even complexion.