Skin discoloration

firelilyfirelily Posts: 1,298Registered Users
I have 3 spots on my face that are discolored. I don't know if they're age spots (I hope not, at only 30 I shouldn't have that sort of damage), or from hormonal bc or freckles gone wild or what. I think they're really detracting from my beauty, and I'd like to reduce/remove them.

I'm fair skinned, blonde-ish and have blue eyes. Might kojic acid work? Are there better (yet still inexpensive) options? Do age spots have a different texture than the rest of the skin, because these do?

There seems to be a lot out there, but I'm having a hard time figuring out what actually works and what is just hype.

Maybe I just need a trip to the dermatologist.
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  • SuburbanbushbabeSuburbanbushbabe Posts: 15,402Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I have freckles (like) and sun spots/melasma on one side of my face (don't like). I purchased OTC Alpha Hydrox used it for about 2 weeks didn't see any difference. Then got a prescrition for Tri-luma, which is working much better/faster.
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  • rouquinnerouquinne Posts: 13,737Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    ^^^ tri-luma and hydroquinone are the two best products for fading freckles and "age spots".
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  • Koukla72Koukla72 Posts: 1,680Registered Users
    I don't want to be an alarmist, but considering how fair you are, I think a trip to the derm to rule out anything more serious than an age spot or two is probably a good idea. And once you're there, he/she would definitely be able to prescribe tri-luma or a stronger formulation of hydroquinone than is available over-the-counter, or maybe even something else that they think would be effective in your case, like microdermabrasion, IPL photofacial, etc.
  • firelilyfirelily Posts: 1,298Registered Users
    Koukla72 wrote:
    I don't want to be an alarmist, but considering how fair you are, I think a trip to the derm to rule out anything more serious than an age spot or two is probably a good idea. And once you're there, he/she would definitely be able to prescribe tri-luma or a stronger formulation of hydroquinone than is available over-the-counter, or maybe even something else that they think would be effective in your case, like microdermabrasion, IPL photofacial, etc.

    Thanks, Koukla, I think I will do just that. Age spots at this point would be pretty bizarre. I don't think I've gotten THAT much sun damage, and my mom, who burns more easily than I do, doesn't even have any. So yeah - dermatologist to be safe.
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  • Koukla72Koukla72 Posts: 1,680Registered Users
    Good luck, Firelily, and definitely let us know how it turns out! :)
  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,259Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    The "different texture" aspect gives me pause...I would definitely suggest you see a dermatologist, soon, just to be on the safe side. My hyperpigmentation doesn't have a different texture. I had some minimal success fading it with kojic acid and Retin-A and mandelic acid, but I was able to get rid of ALL of it with Tri-Luma. It comes back, though, so I have to keep using Tri-Luma on a maintenance schedule.
  • firelilyfirelily Posts: 1,298Registered Users
    Thankfully I have a dr's appt on Monday, so I'll get a referral then. Hopefully the dermatologist will be able to see me within a reasonable amount of time - and hopefully it's nothing serious.
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  • firelilyfirelily Posts: 1,298Registered Users
    It turns out they are most likely giant freckles. :?

    My NP did recommend trying some 1% hydrocortisone for a few weeks, though, as it may be some non-itchy form of eczema. I'm not sure which is better. :roll:
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  • redcelticcurlsredcelticcurls Posts: 17,502Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    ALong with the suggestions above, it sounds as if your sunscreen doesn't have enough UVA protection, hence the hyperpigmentation.

    Hopefully they are just freckles!
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  • rouquinnerouquinne Posts: 13,737Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    at least you have some idea what you're dealing with. once you get the texture sorted out, definitely try a lightening cream.
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  • firelilyfirelily Posts: 1,298Registered Users
    ALong with the suggestions above, it sounds as if your sunscreen doesn't have enough UVA protection, hence the hyperpigmentation.

    Hopefully they are just freckles!

    I just added in an spf 45 face & neck lotion with titanium dioxide, in addition to the spf 20 that's already in my daily face lotion. I love my freckles (they don't go away ever, but they do fade somewhat during the winter), but it's gone a bit too far.
    Lots and lots of fine 3b-ish hair.
    DevaCurl currently, but exploring new products.
    Love the hair!
  • firelilyfirelily Posts: 1,298Registered Users
    rouquinne wrote:
    at least you have some idea what you're dealing with. once you get the texture sorted out, definitely try a lightening cream.

    Will do!
    Lots and lots of fine 3b-ish hair.
    DevaCurl currently, but exploring new products.
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  • firelilyfirelily Posts: 1,298Registered Users
    Grrr, it's only getting worse, and it's now itchy!

    It's another trip to the dr for me this week, and then hopefully a referral to a dermatologist.
    Lots and lots of fine 3b-ish hair.
    DevaCurl currently, but exploring new products.
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