There are products that can fade age spots and there are products that do no such thing. In order to find a product that will give you the best results you need to know what ingredients to look for on the label.
American women are not afraid to spend their hard-earned money on lotions and creams that promise youth. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, they spend over 7 billion yearly on these products alone. Are they chasing a pipe dream or are there products that are actually effective in fading fine lines and skin discoloration? If you are ready to toss your coins into that fountain of youth industry here are some tips to help you meet with the greatest success.
Recognized Active Ingredients for Fading Age Spots
Not all products are created equal. Look for products that contain ingredients that have been recognized by dermatologists as effective in fading skin discolorations.
Hydroquinone: Works by decreasing the production of tyrosinase, the enzyme needed to make melanin. Hydroquinone is generally tolerated well by most and any side effects that may occur are generally mild including itchiness or irritation. More severe side effects may indicate an allergic reaction and discontinuing of the product. Hydroquinone is a short term solution as usage over an extended period of time can render the product ineffective.
Topical Retinoids: Tretinoin is a common topical retinoid that works to thin the skin and reduce the production of melanin. Tretinoin is doctor prescribed as the medication has implications during pregnancy and can be a strong skin irritant.
Avoid Using More Than One Age Spot Fading Product at a Time
If not specifically prescribed by a doctor, mixing strong commercial creams to fade age spots can render them ineffective or even harmful. As an example, peroxide products, such as those containing benzoyl peroxide, are not recommended when using products containing hydroquinone as a temporary darkening of the skin may occur.
When it comes to fading creams, what works for one may not work for another. Using one product at a time can also help to isolate which products are effective and which may be causing skin irritation.
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