Summer is about soaking up as much sun as possible, while staying protected with a high SPF sunscreen. But unfortunately, it’s not always possible to be diligent with sunscreen – and that means you may have noticed some sun spots forming on your complexion.

Sun spots – which appear in the form of brown spots or freckles – are one of the first signs of sun damage. These spots are considered to be hyperpigmentation, which means they’re a type of discoloration that indicates sun or age-related damage. Hyperpigmentation is more common in older individuals, but you may notice sun spots at a younger age if you’ve had more than a few sunburns in your lifetime.

If you want to improve the appearance of sun spots – as well as minimize the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines – you may want to consider a glycolic acid peel. This type of skin peel isn’t as strong as a traditional chemical peel, but it does help remove the top layer of facial skin. This is where most of the skin’s damage comes to surface, including sun spots. With a recommended round of glycolic acid peels, you should begin to notice these sun spots fade, as you’re bringing younger, less-blemished skin to the surface.

A glycolic acid peel is an excellent skin care solution for patients of all ages; additionally, it’s a non-invasive treatment, so you won’t have to deal with downtime or recovery. You may notice skin redness and sensitivity directly after the treatment. That’s why it’s so important to wear sunscreen after your glycolic acid peel, as your skin will be very sensitive to sunlight.

Take the Next Step

Want to learn more about how you can improve sun spots with a glycolic acid peel? Schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rudy Coscia at his new plastic surgery practice in Granite Bay, CA. Dr. Coscia’s practices also serve Coeur d’Alene and the Sacramento metro area. Granite Bay (916) 773-5559 and Sacramento (916) 929-1833

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