Brown spots and freckles
Brown spots and freckles are signs of sun damage. The most important part of treatment is to first find a sunscreen that you can use EVERY day. We know that both UVB and UVA both contribute to the formation of pigment. UVA is at a consistent level from sunrise to sunset whether it is hot, cold, foggy or sunny. UVB is most powerful in the middle of the day. But you need to block both, and you need to have that sunscreen on before you even go out in the morning.
For treating skin that has freckles or brown spots in many locations, we start with sunscreen and lightening creams. This combination works to improve your spots over a few months. As long as you keep using sunscreen and do your best to avoid spending a lot of time in the direct sun, this may be all you need. There are certain conditions (pregnancy) and medications ( birth control pills) that can make pigment harder to treat. Check our product section for information about specific lines we carry that treat pigment.
Some people have very stubborn spots. Others have a few very specific ones that need treatment. We then move on to IPL. IPL is a light based laser machine that is designed to treat brown pigment. We can do global treatment of your entire face and chest, if that is indicated, or just to specific spots. There is more information on IPL in that section of the website.