by Sarah Allen, MD
When it comes to Hydroquinone and sun spots, sometimes creams aren’t enough and you may need a different alternative. You can use Hydroquinone alone or in combination with tretinoin and a mild steroid (the triple combination cream we talked about). We can’t say enough how important SPF is - an SPF of 30 at least is what you need! If these don’t work (which tend to be the most cost effective), you can try:
1. Laser/IPL: You can undergo a laser or Intense Pulsed light therapy (IPL) treatment. These actually destroy those pigment causing cells, but don’t affect your skins surface overall. This typically requires 2-3 sessions. It may take the spots a while to lighten (weeks to months). The downside of lasers? They can cause slight discoloration of the skin.
2. Cryotherapy: You can have cryotherapy (think similar to that wart you had frozen off when you were little). You can use a freezing technique to destroy the extra pigment. (Some providers achieve this with a cotton-tipped swab). This, also, can result in a slight risk of discoloration.
3. Dermabrasion/Microdermabrasion: You can have Dermabrasion or microdermabrasion. This is when you “sand down” a layer of your skin with a rotating brush. This removes skin from the surface causing a new layer of skin to grow in its place. This procedure may have to be repeated. Microdermabrasion is less abrasive, but can alleviate skin of mild blemishes. If you have rosacea or small red veins, this may actually make things worse.
4. Chemical Peel: You can also have a chemical peel. This causes the old skin to slough off and new skin to grow in its place. You may need multiple treatments and don’t forget sunscreen!
At The Skin Clique, we believe in helping you feel confident in your own skin by providing convenient, affordable access to medical-grade treatments performed by board certified experts - all in the comfort of your own home. To learn more, or to schedule a free consultation, visit this link. And remember, beauty knocks.