Hyperpigmentation also known as sun spots, age spots, or liver spots, occurs over time with sun exposure, changing hormones, and with some medications. It can happen anywhere on the skin although hands, arms, and face are most common. There are various treatments for hyperpigmentation, however not all are equally safe. The dermatologists at WebMD have several warnings for those thinking about using topical skin lighteners.
- Make sure there is no mercury. While mercury is not allowed in products sold in the US, it is still commonly used in foreign products. It’s also called Calomel, mercuric, mercurous, or mercurio. Mercury can cause major health problems and can be passed onto fetuses from the mother.
- Make sure that there is no more than 2% hydroquinone as over use of this chemical can cause unwanted and untreatable skin discoloration.
- Prolonged use can cause skin to age faster.
- Increases your risk for skin cancer without sunscreen
- Many skin lighteners include steroids which increases your risk for skin infections, thinning, acne, and poor wound healing.
- Applying large amounts of steroid (like all over your body) can also put you at risk for other health problems as it is absorbed into the body.
- Bleaching agents—even those with natural ingredients—can cause skin irritation or an allergic reaction.
There are a lot of reasons to be careful of skin lightening chemicals. Many dermatologists recommend Sciton BBL Laser treatments instead. This laser procedure is non-invasive and non-systemic, meaning it works only on the skin it touches rather than being absorbed into the whole body. It works by using light to stimulate your skin to grow new cells and slough off the old, discolored ones. It is very gentle and usually very comfortable. And it works! See our before and after photos to see for yourself the radical change in skin discoloration.
Talk to your NY BBL laser specialist at Skin Allure Med Spa today. They can help you determine if laser treatment is a better option for you.