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Should I Fight Age Spots with Fade Creams or Laser Treatments?

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Should I Fight Age Spots with Fade Creams or Laser Treatments?

Age spots are a serious concern for people of all different backgrounds, skin colors, and skin types. There are many ways to address hyperpigmentation, and it’s important to remember that everyone’s skin reacts to different treatments in different ways.

One of the most difficult decisions that people with age spots face is whether to combat their dark spots with a fade cream or with laser treatment. Creams often contain hydroquinone and can be used alone or with retinoids and mild steroids. Meanwhile, laser and intense light therapy treatments are designed to destroy the cells that produce melanin without harming the surface of your skin.

Let’s take a closer look at the pros and cons of each treatment.

Pros of Fade Creams

Fade creams are generally less invasive, risky, expensive, and time-consuming than laser treatments. Creams are conveniently available over-the-counter in local pharmacies and for purchase online. They’re also generally safe and effective for people with mild and moderate age spots. A few welcome “side effects” of fade creams include soft and smooth skin and reduced fine lines and wrinkles.

Some clinical strength treatments, like Porcelana Night Skin Lightening Cream, work to fade dark spots effortlessly while you sleep. Others contain sunscreen for daytime use to prevent the sun’s rays from making your dark spots even darker. It’s very important to use a sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher anytime you go outside while using a fade cream.

Cons of Fade Creams

However, severe age spots may not fully fade away by using creams alone. If a fade cream does not produce noticeable results within three months, you should discontinue its use. It’s important to use fade creams according to the manufacturer’s directions and a dermatologist’s advice, as improper use can actually make age spots more visible.

Some medical professionals are concerned that hydroquinone, which is used in many skin lightening creams, can damage skin cells. In rare cases, users have experienced allergic reactions to certain creams applied to the skin.

Pros of Laser Treatments

Many people choose to pursue the laser treatment route because it can provide faster and more permanent results. One laser treatment typically lasts between 30 minutes and an hour.

Most people experience only minimal pain and discomfort during a laser session. In many cases, harsher treatment means quicker the results, and gentler treatment means more gradual results.

Cons of Laser Treatments

Even with laser therapy, it can take weeks or months for age spots to fade. Many people are under the understandable misconception that the laser will remove their spots instantly and are initially disappointed. Several laser therapy sessions are often required to fade age spots.

Laser sessions can be very expensive, especially if many sessions are needed to restore skin to its natural color and texture. One possible side effects of laser therapy includes additional skin discolorations, so it’s also important to use sunscreen between and after laser treatments.

Many people with age spots turn to fade creams as their first line of defense and then consider other more intensive options if the creams don’t produce the desired results. But ultimately, the decision of whether to pursue fade cream of laser treatment is a personal one, and one that should be discussed with a trusted medical professional.