How to get rid of sunspots

How to get rid of sunspots

9 September 2015

Maybe it's because we don't get much opportunity to practice, or perhaps we're just too eager to catch a tan; but we Brits are notoriously bad when it comes to sun damage and our skin!

It means the vast majority of us will suffer a sunburn at one time or another, leaving many of us with sunspots and uneven pigmentation - not to mention additional lines and wrinkles -  as we age.

Of course prevention is better than cure when it comes to UV exposure and applying a high factor SPF is the best way to protect your skin from sun damage. But what can you do to treat sunspots and uneven pigmentation that already exist?

There are several Non Surgical Treatments that can effectively reduce the appearance of sunspots, here's a quick guide to the options available:

PPx Lasers - this Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatment uses light therapy to rejuvenate the complexion. The virtually pain free lasers destroy unwanted brown (and red) pigmentation in the skin tone leaving it looking  brighter and more youthful.

Microdermabrasion - this deep exfoliating treatment reduces the appearance of sunspots by buffing away the top layers of skin. Performed by a Cosmetic Surgery Nurse, Microdermabrasion involves spraying the skin with medical grade exfoliating crystals to remove dead skin cells, dramatically improving the tone and texture of skin. Microdermabrasion is popular as a facial treatment though the exfoliation is also effective on the decolletage, back and shoulders - areas which are also often caught by the sun.

Skin Peel - in a similar way to Microdermabrasion, a Skin Peel removes the top layers of skin to reveal a more even, smooth complexion. A Skin Peel is a less abrasive treatment option however - ideal if you have sensitive skin - which uses a low concentration acid to dissolve dead skin cells, rather than buffing them away.

Cosmetics - some active ingredients have also been shown to improve the appearance of sun damaged skin. Retinol helps to combats sunspots by increasing new cell production, whereas Hyaluronic Acid helps to reverse sun damage by replenishing the skin's moisture levels.

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