According to Elle magazine, September 2012, in the United States, we are very devoted to moisturizers and collagen-boosting serums, but our demand for brown spot lightening is steadily rising, especially since publication of a 2006 study, indicating that hyperpigmentation can impact on a woman’s perceived age by up to twenty years.
The Japanese spend a huge percentage of their beauty dollars on targeting “shimi.” Here we call them “spots” and they can apply to any skin discoloration, including freckles, UV-induced brown patches, melasma and those pinpoint spots that remain after a pimple has healed.
Elle spoke with the Pola Orbis Group in Fukuroi, Japan, which has some of the most extensive skin data in the world. Lesson number one is that not all brown spots are the same; there are those caused by 1) cumulative sun damage, appearing on cheeks, temples and the back of the hands; 2) freckles, which proliferate from sun exposure; 3) post inflammatory pigmentation, resulting from trauma to the skin; and 4) melasma (pregnancy mask, associated with fluctuations in female hormones), appearing in large symmetrical patches across the cheeks and forehead. Surprisingly, the sun’s rays are not the only culprits; allergies, heat and even stress can provoke brown spots.
So what should you do if you have brown spots? First, prevention! Keep your skin healthy and protected with a good sunscreen. Second, treat the spots. Age spots can be lightened or even removed with special in-office treatments. Dr. Copeland has also developed topical skin care products which you can use at home to help reduce the appearance of brown spots.
I’ve developed a special regimen for brown spots using these products specifically for the in-home treatment of brown, age and sun spots. For more pervasive brown spots, a visit to the office for laser treatments will help eliminate those spots.
|Before and after using Advanced Acne Formula and Pigment Formula.|