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Brown Spots

Montebello skin is radiant when treatment fades brown spots

We are fortunate to live in Montebello, one of the sunniest places in the country. On average, 72 percent of the year it’s fun in the sun.

Basking outside on a sunny day can lift a dark mood immediately. As little as 10 minutes of sun exposure can prevent Vitamin D deficiency, which causes weak muscles, soft and misshapen bones and low-back and body pain.

This vitamin made by the skin from contact with Ultraviolet B rays may also protect against high blood pressure, arthritis, MS, and some cancers.

Damaging drawback

These UVB rays are also responsible for brown spots on the face, hands, shoulders, and arms -- the places on your body most exposed to the sun.

The outer layer of your skin absorbs light, triggering the cells that make melanin, the brown pigment that gives skin its color. This discoloration is also known as “age spots,” due to the cumulative effect of years of sunbathing and tanning bed visits. Prolonged sun exposure causes melanin to bunch, resulting in brown spots.

This hyperpigmentation may resemble melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. True age spots are harmless and don’t need to be treated. The spot may be a cause for concern if its borders are uneven, its color changes or if it grows. Dr. Blose and his team perform visual inspections and analyze a small sample of your skin (as needed) to rule out cancer.

While brown spots on their own aren’t dangerous, they can be bothersome. You have many options to improve the appearance of your skin, including:
  • Bleaching medications
  • Laser treatments
  • Freezing or cryotherapy
  • Chemical peels
Peels are one of the easiest and most effective ways to diminish the look of brown spots. Proper skin care is necessary to maintain the beautiful skin you will regain.

All peels work the same way, by removing the top layers of skin where damage such as brown spots occur. Because every person’s skin is different, we use a variety of acids in our peels. Glycolic acid, for example, can be used on various skin types and it requires little down time.

We will walk you through the options to reduce your brown spots. Call to schedule an appointment with Dr. Blose and his team at (562) 457-6770.

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