Are chemical peels the best sun spot treatment?
One of the things that makes a baby’s face so perfectly appealing and kissable is flawless skin tone. Most babies are virtually free of pigmentation spots. Why? They haven’t yet been exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Most sun damage originates in our 20s, and begins to show in our complexions early in our 30s. This is the best time to begin conservative sun spot treatment, including chemical peels.
How sun causes spots
Skin contains cells called melanocytes that create pigment, or melanin. Ultraviolet light alters the DNA of healthy skin cells, causing melanocytes to increase the amount of melanin they produce. That excess pigmentation collects in one area, instead of spreading uniformly across your complexion. The result is unattractive brown spots. Without treatment, sun spots are permanent, so the effect accumulates as you get more. With addition sun exposure, the spots darken to become more noticeable.
Early intervention with chemical peels
A chemical peel is a carefully controlled method of exfoliating the skin without abrasion. A peel is a solution containing ingredients such as:
- Salicylic acid
- Lactic acid
The peel penetrates the surface skin, destroying dull, dead top layers. This stimulates deep cellular renewal. As it flakes away and heals, a glowing, more even skin tone emerges.
Dr. Adam Maddox utilizes an innovative diagnostic tool to painlessly analyze the depth and extent of sun damage. He often recommends chemical peels as first step toward correction of sun spots and for improvement in overall skin quality. Advanced treatment options include intense pulsed light and laser therapies. Then, ongoing sun protection and daily skin care with high quality products keeps skin looking youthful.
At Thrive, treatment is always customized to the individual patient. Call (503) 928-6505 to schedule the best sun spot treatment plan for our unique needs.Back to Sun Brown Spot Removal Page