Shedding YOUR brown spots
Tuesday January 12, 2010
It is very important for us to keep our skin covered even during the winter months. The more melanin in the skin the less sun damaged but there is sun damage non the less if we don't take of ourselves with sunscreen. For our fairer sisters it is really important to have sunscreen even in our makeup that we wear on our face. DivaGlam Cosmetics Mineral Cosmetics has sunscreen in it and you want to make sure to use extra sunscreen for your skin type.
Shedding Your (Brown) Spots in Winter
When your arms and legs are pasty winter white, any brown spots or discolorations really stand out. Luckily, this is also the best time of year to do skin treatments to remove them — because you're more likely to be wearing long sleeves and pants that can hide any crusts and scabs while you heal. Here are some of the ways I treat brown spots in my office:
Liquid nitrogen is a tried-and-true method of removing brown spots and harmless raised growths on the arms and legs. Using a canister that looks like a spray gun, I squirt the cold nitrogen through a nozzle. This freezes the growth or spot but leaves the normal skin around it untouched. It stings for a few seconds, then the treated area bubbles up into a red welt. Within a day or two the welt goes down and turns into a dark scab, similar to the kind you'd get if you burned yourself on a curling iron or stove burner. Scabs on the arms may take a week to fall off; scabs on the legs can take two weeks or longer.
Laser treatments can help fade brown spots. Certain lasers are designed to target the skin's melanin pigment and break it up. In general, smaller, darker spots (especially those on the backs of the hands) respond better than lighter, larger ones because there is more pigment to interact with the laser. Each pulse of the laser feels like a hot pinprick, then the areas turn red for a few days; any crusting that forms falls off in about a week. You'll get the best results if you're not tan.
Chemical peels can help remove sun damage and spots caused by sun exposure. For individual spots, I dab the chemical peel solution onto each spot. They typically crust within a week and may take two weeks to peel off.
Don't forget sunscreen. Even in the middle of winter, harmful UV rays can pass through your car windows and through the glass window of your home or office. If you do undergo any of these skin treatments, be sure to keep the treated areas covered up — freshly lasered or peeled skin can heal even darker than before if it's exposed to the sun while it's healing
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