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Sunspots are a common concern for many. These dark spots can vary in shape and size, and appear on the skin as a result of sun exposure. For that reason, most of us tend to see sunspots on skin that sees the most sun, like the backs of your hands, shoulders, arms, and face.

If you are often out in the sun, and especially if you’ve forgotten to wear sunscreen or SPF protection, you might see more sunspots, which many people choose to treat. In this article, we’re going to cover four of the best treatments for sunspots on the face. We’ll break down each treatment by its definition, who it’s for, what level of downtime is associated with the treatment, and how effective that sunspot treatment is likely to be. Here’s everything you need to know about four of the best treatments for sunspots on the face.

Please Note: Some skin spots can be signs of more serious health issues, like skin cancer. While true sunspots don’t present long-lasting health concerns, it’s always best to see your dermatologist or doctor before you begin any skincare treatment plan.

At-Home Treatments for Sunspots on the Face

If you’re just looking for a simple at-home treatment for facial sunspots, it’s good to know that you have options. While at-home-treatments vary in effectiveness, they are often an affordable place to start when you’re looking for ways to minimize sunspots. Here’s a breakdown of at-home treatments for facial sunspots: 

Definition

There are many over-the-counter creams, serums, and spot correctors available to help minimize the appearance of sunspots on the face. Look for products that include ingredients like Vitamin C, hydroquinone, and gentle retexturing acids like glycolic acid, hydroxy acid, and kojic acid. If you’re not sure where to start, PrivaMD proudly recommends the KPS line of organic skin care products

Who is it for?

At-home treatments for sunspots on the face are best for those just testing the waters. Some products are very effective, while others may not afford much improvement. Make sure you’re choosing the right product for your skin. While products with lightening ingredients like hydroquinone are effective, they aren’t suited for everyone. Do your best to read reviews, and find the at-home treatment that best suits your skin and your needs. 

What’s the downtime? 

There’s no downtime associated with over-the-counter, topical solutions for sunspots on the face. While some products may cause slight redness or dryness, they won’t affect your daily schedule.

Effectiveness

At-home sunspot treatments may be gradually effective. You won’t see immediate results and it’s good to remember that if you’re using a product with a lightener, you may see success for a while, but pigment could come back when you stop using the product. 

Laser Resurfacing

If you’re looking for a more immediate treatment for sunspots on your face, laser resurfacing can deliver the results you’re looking for much more quickly. 

Definition

Also known as fractional resurfacing or profractional therapy, laser resurfacing is a non-invasive treatment that targets a fraction of the skin at a time. A fractional laser delivers precise microbeams of laser light into the lower layers of skin, stimulating collagen growth. 

Who is it for?

Laser resurfacing or profractional therapy is an ideal treatment for anyone looking to remove age spots or sunspots. It’s also an effective treatment for fine lines and wrinkles, as well as shallow acne scars. It’s good to know that laser resurfacing may not be ideal if you have very dark skin — instead, microneedling might be a better option. 

What’s the downtime?

Laser resurfacing is quick and comfortable with little to moderate downtime. You may experience a mild sunburn sensation just after the procedure, as well as a bit of swelling and redness. Most symptoms resolve in just a few days. 

Effectiveness

Profractional therapy is typically completed in four to five treatments, which progressively improve the appearance of your skin. Once the series of treatments is complete, the results of profractional therapy or laser resurfacing are long-lasting. 

BBL Laser for Sunspots

BBL or broadband light is another effective treatment for the removal of sunspots on the face. Let’s see if BBL Laser treatments might be right for you. 

Definition

Broadband light therapy, or BBL, is another non-invasive skin treatment. Both visible and infrared frequencies are directed to the upper layers of skin to treat the affected area by damaging the skin cells to trigger an immune response. This stimulates the skin to create more collagen as it works to heal those cells, in turn helping to minimize the appearance of sunspots. 

Who is it for?

BBL therapy treatments are available to address a wide range of aesthetic skin concerns, but the Forever Young BBL treatment is the one best suited to address sunspots. This light therapy targets the signs of aging and sun damage, working to remove those pesky spots. BBL therapy is ideal for someone with age spots or sunspots who is looking for a more permanent, non-invasive treatment option. It’s good to know that BBL may not be best for those with darker complexions. 

What is the downtime?

There is little to no downtime associated with BBL laser therapy treatments. Treatments take less than an hour, and you can return to your normal day after treatment. Some patients experience a bit of redness following treatment, which typically resolves in a day or two. 

Effectiveness

BBL laser therapy is very effective. This is a treatment that often requires a few sessions, depending on your specific concerns. Once those sessions are complete, results are long-lasting, though some patients do choose to return on a yearly basis for upkeep.

 

Microneedling for Sunspots

Microneedling is another highly effective sunspot treatment option. Used to address a range of skin concerns, from fine lines and wrinkles to acne scars, microneedling is a great treatment for anyone looking to remove or minimize sunspots. 

Definition

At PriveMD, we use the SkinPen, the first microneedling device in the world cleared by the FDA, to provide microneedling treatments that minimize the signs of aging, treat acne scars, and rejuvenate skin. The SkinPen creates controlled micro-injuries that stimulate your body’s natural wound-healing process, helping to minimize the appearance of sunspots and other aesthetic concerns. 

Who is it for?

The SkinPen, and microneedling in general, have been proven effective for men and women with all skin types and complexions. The SkinPen is used to treat a range of skin concerns, and treatments are easily tailored to your skin’s specific needs. 

What’s the downtime?

Microneedling has little to no downtime. SkinPen treatments take around 30 minutes to an hour, and you might experience a bit of redness and irritation for a few days after your treatment. Most patients visibly recover from microneedling in the first day or two. 

Effectiveness

Microneedling is very effective. It is another sunspot treatment type that takes a few sessions, typically between 3-6. Most professionals recommend a gap of 6-8 weeks between each session. Following the completion of the treatment process, results from microneedling treatments are long-lasting. 

Sunspot treatment is a common concern for many. Over time, the more our skin is exposed to UV rays, the more likely it is for sunspots to become visible. If you’re looking for sunspot treatment, PrivaMD offers a variety of anti-aging and facial rejuvenation services to help you look and feel your best. Get in touch with our team online, or give us a call at 616-213-0253 to schedule a free 15 minute consultation to discover which treatment option may be best for you.

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