Dermatologist reveals treatments for sun spots

Staying out in the sun may give your skin a sunkissed glow but it can also cause Sun Spots. Although completely harmless, their appearance can cause many to feel self-conscious. So what can be done to treat them? New Orleans-based Dermatologist Dr. Sharon Meyer reveals some solutions. For the budget-conscious, she recommends a course of topical treatment such as Hydroquinone, designed to reduce the production of melanin (the skin’s pigmentation). However, this solution will only work for those who are patient, taking up to several months for results to be seen. Faster results can be obtained with a Skin Peel, which works by removing the skin’s damaged outer layer and leaves behind smoother, more youthful-looking skin. “There are myriad peels to superficially exfoliate that combine acids and work really well. It’s Coke or Pepsi: Some like one. Some prefer the other. A lot of peels will benefit your skin. There’s not one right answer,” she says. Dr. Meyer also suggests a course of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatment to repair sun-damaged skin. The great thing about this solution, she says, is that it can also be used to treat broken capillaries, Spider Veins and Rosacea. Three to four sessions, a month apart, are recommended for optimum results. The best way to solve your skin dilemmas though, is by regularly applying sunscreen. Dr. Meyer concludes: “The single most important thing you can do for your skin is to use sunscreen – at least SPF 30 or above – every day, rain or shine.” Have you noticed the appearance of Sun Spots? How regularly do you apply sunscreen? Let us know your skincare tips on Facebook.