You ask, we get answers! This week’s reader skin question is being fielded by Dr. Joshua Zeichner, Director of Cosmetic and Clinical Research in the Dermatology Department at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City.
Q: I have hyperpigmentation on areas of my face. What should I do?
A: Pigmentation on the face may be caused by sun damage, hormonal changes, or resolved rashes. Regardless of the cause, sun protection is key to prevent more pigmentation from being produced. Bleaching creams can lighten spots directly and can be used in combination with retinol and antioxidants.
Bleaching creams may contain hydroquinone or nonhydroquinone alternatives. They come as over the counter or prescription formulations. If creams are not helping, lasers like Fraxel are effective in office procedures that you can get at the dermatologist’s office.
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