How can I get rid of my age spots fo ever?January 14, 2019
Shh! Anti-agers no one but you need know about: How can I get rid of my age spots forever?
- Beauty director Inge van Lotringen advised a reader on brown age spots
- She suggested letting a doctor assess whether you’re dealing with sun damage
- For simple age spots, if you’re Caucasian, the best course of treatment is laser
- For dark Asian or African skin tones, specialist peels and creams are required
Q: I have brown age spots, but lightening creams just make the skin surrounding them whiter, without affecting the spots. What should I do?
A: Pigmentation is such a difficult one. Dr Amy Hermon Taylor of London’s Medicetics Clinic urges you to let a doctor assess whether you’re dealing with sun damage-induced ‘age’ spots or the pigmentation disorder melasma, or indeed something more serious, as treatment obviously differs.
For simple age spots, if you’re Caucasian, the likely best course of treatment is laser (£150 for spot treatment, £450 for full face) or Intense Pulsed Light (£240 for 15 minutes), both of which can break up the pigment patches painlessly in 1-2 sessions.
An anonymous reader asked beauty expert Inge van Lotringen how to treat age spots
For dark Asian or African skin tones, specialist peels and creams are required — but for those to really work, you need prescription products.
The two best, she says, are Obagi Nuderm (she prescribes a course of 3-6 months’ worth of lotions, from £525) and Cosmelan, which consists of skincare, an in-clinic peel, and follow-up appointments over three months (£900).
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Go to a clinic or dermatologist that offers a variety of laser and light devices and skincare brands so your treatment will be tailored precisely to you.
Oh — and if you don’t use a broad-spectrum SPF50 every day, you’re washing your treatment money down the drain.
Inge van Lotringen (pictured) recommended seeing a doctor to assess whether you’re dealing with sun damage-induced ‘age’ spots or the pigmentation disorder melasma
Ingeborg van Lotringen is beauty director at Cosmopolitan. Email questions to [email protected]
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