How To Fade Brown Spots

I’ve got brown spots, or “wisdom” spots as my dermatologist calls them, on my hands. None on my face yet (see Big Tip #2 below). My face is not wise.

Not this severe.

The best way to treat brown spots of course, is to prevent them to begin with. And short of wearing gloves year-round, the next-best way – you knew this already – is sunscreen. Even it you’re just dashing in and out of the office, wearing a high SPF sunscreen on your hands will keep spots from forming.

Another way, of course, is to ignore and not worry about them. There are many more monumental issues surrounding aging. My mother is in rehab hospital now for dizzy spells and falling, e.g., and Sandy’s mom broke her hip. Our investments for retirement have shrunk in a crazy financial market. We don’t have much control over these life events, so we cope and try to be helpful.

Brown spots, on the other hand (heh) are something I can try to fix. Plus, we look at our hands all the livelong day – typing, phoning, reading, driving. I only see my face three of four times a day, so who knows what’s cooking up there?

Here’s how I treat my hand spots, and I have seen some improvement (no worsening anyway) in the last three months:

  • A high powered Intense Bleaching Serum by Image Skincare. This one contains hydroquinone 2%, a powerful lightening agent that should only be used for 8-12 weeks without a break. This serum is nicely buffered, not too pricey (about $34), smells great, and includes light fruit acids that also help reduce spots. I put it on every other night before bed.
  • Retin-A, forever. Because I’ve used sunscreen and Retin-A .05% on my face every night for 30 years, the spots have been kept at bay. I’ve started using it on my hands every other night, alternating with #1 above.
  • A gentle Organic Skin Brightening Serum for anytime during the day. Mine is from Organica, but there are lots available at the health food store. I slather this on whenever I feel like it, and its natural ingredients, like kojic acid, work slowly and gently.
Also gentle, and only about $15.
  • A once a month light peel. I use one from MakeUp Artist’s Choice, a 30% glycolic peel that I leave on my hands for 2-3 minutes. It stings a little, no pain, and no peeling or recovery time.
About $20 for three month’s supply.

Do you have any secrets for keeping the spots at bay?

Stay fabulous,

Browse around – spots look great on clothes and accessories:

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