Monday, February 22, 2010


As an esthetician, one of the most common questions I get in the treatment room is how do I get rid of these age spots?! Age spots, or more formally known has hyperpigmentation, but you may have also been told they liver spots or brown spots.

If you neglect sunscreen or have neglected sunscreen in the past, chances are you have a few of these sun spots on your face, neck and hands. People with darker skin tones may experience these as patches of ashy or gray skin. Hyperpigmentation is the result of sun damage, much like a freckle that appears after a Charleston summer in the sun. Occasionally, these darker patches appear on the face and neck as a result of hormonal changes (most often due to pregnancy) and also appear after cuts and blemishes heal on darker skin.

So how do you get rid of them? First you need to wear your sunscreen everyday!! Then you'll want to try a topical method to help fade the spot. Ingredients such as hydroquinone or kojic acid are effective in serums and lotions to help fade spots.

After using the topical ingredients, most hyperpigmentation spots will still be visible and you'll need to start on a facial regimen. Depending on your type of skin, I would recommend a series of peels or microdermabrasion. These treatments help expose newer skin cells by exfoliating the skin, therefore fading away those spots with a quicker pace!

Bellezza has a few serums to help lighten up hyperpigmentation! Come in and check them out! And ask for me, Rebecca, to help answer any questions you may have about your skin!

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