How to Get Rid of Sun Spots & Acne Scars

How to Get Rid of Sun Spots & Acne Scars

The summertime is often seen as the time for fun in the sun. But if you are like many people, you may find that your skin becomes damaged from too much exposure to the sun’s rays. One common issue is sun spots – brown patches on the skin that can make you look older than you are. Another problem is acne scars, which can be unsightly and difficult to get rid of. Fortunately, there are a number of treatments available that can help reduce or remove these blemishes from your skin. In this blog post, we will discuss four popular treatments: laser therapy, intense pulsed light therapy (IPL), microdermabrasion, and chemical peels. We will explain how each treatment is performed, how it works, how long the results last, and what it can treat.

Laser Therapy

Laser therapy uses a concentrated beam of light to target specific areas of the skin. It can be used to remove sun spots, acne scars, and other blemishes. Laser therapy is usually performed in a series of treatments spaced several weeks apart. The number of treatments needed will depend on the severity of the blemishes.

How it works: Laser therapy works by damaging discolored cells. This damage causes the cells to break down and be absorbed by the body. As the cells are broken down, the sun spots or acne scars gradually fade away.

Results: The results of laser therapy are usually visible after a few treatments. However, it may take several months for the full effect to be seen.

The results of laser therapy can last for several years. However, the blemishes may eventually return and additional treatments may be needed.

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Therapy

IPL Equipment

Intense pulsed light therapy (IPL) is similar to laser therapy, but it uses a broader spectrum of light. This makes it effective for treating a wider range of blemishes. IPL can be used to remove sun spots, acne scars, and other blemishes. It is usually performed in a series of treatments spaced several weeks apart. The number of treatments needed will depend on the severity of the blemishes.

How it works: Like laser therapy, IPL therapy works by damaging discolored cells. This damage causes the cells to break down and be absorbed by the body. As the cells are broken down, the sun spots or acne scars gradually fade away.

Results: The results of IPL therapy are usually visible after a few treatments. However, it may take several months for the full effect to be seen.

The results of IPL therapy can last for several years. However, the blemishes may eventually return and additional treatments may be needed.

Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is a type of exfoliation that uses a fine, abrasive material to remove the top layer of skin. This treatment can be used to remove sun spots, acne scars, and other blemishes. Microdermabrasion is usually performed as part of a facial. The number of treatments needed will depend on the severity of the blemishes, although one treatment is usually enough to notice results.

How it works: Microdermabrasion works by removing the top layer of skin, which contains the blemishes. As the top layer of skin is removed, the blemishes gradually fade away.

Results: The results of microdermabrasion are usually visible after treatment. However, the blemishes may eventually return and additional treatments may be needed.

Chemical Peels

A chemical peel is a type of exfoliation that uses a chemical solution to remove one or more layers of skin. This treatment can be used to remove sun spots, acne scars, and other blemishes. Chemical peels are usually performed as a single treatment. There are also different levels of chemical peels: superficial, medium, and deep. The type of chemical peel will determine how many layers of skin are removed.

How it works: Chemical peels work by removing damaged layers of skin and promoting the growth of new skin. As the old skin peels, new skin will take its place. This new skin is free from blemishes and contains collagen.

Results: The results of chemical peels are usually visible after a few weeks once the skin has completely healed. However, it may take several months for the full effect to be seen.

The results of chemical peels can last for several years. However, the blemishes may eventually return and additional treatments may be needed.

Microneedling

before and after microneedling effects on the skin

Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, is a type of exfoliation that uses fine needles to puncture the top layer of skin. This treatment can be used to remove sun spots, acne scars, and other blemishes. Microneedling is usually performed in coordination with radiofrequency heat energy to stimulate excess collagen and elastin production.

How it works: Microneedling works by puncturing the top layer of skin, which contains the blemishes. This damages the skin and promotes the release of healing proteins, collagen, and elastin. As the skin heals the microtraumas, the appearance of blemishes will also decrease.

Results: The results of microneedling are usually visible after a single treatment. However, it may take several months for the full effect to be seen since it takes time for the collagen to be produced.

The results of microneedling can last for several years. However, the blemishes may eventually return and additional treatments may be needed.

In Conclusion

In this blog, we have discussed how to reduce sun spots and acne scars. We have listed four treatments: laser therapy, IPL therapy, microdermabrasion, and chemical peels. Each treatment has its own set of benefits and drawbacks. Talk to a dermatologist to see which treatment is best for you. And remember to always wear sunscreen!

Lee A. Kleiman

Dr. Lee A. Kleiman is a double board certified ENT & plastic surgeon at Anne Arundel ENT in Annapolis, Maryland known for his superior clinical outcomes in all Surgical and Non-Surgical ENT, specializing in Sinus Care, Voice and Swallowing, Rhinoplasty and Revision Rhinoplasty, and Facelifts and Non-surgical Aesthetic. He also continues to attend conferences internationally and nationally to keep abreast of the latest treatments and technology.