Treatment options for dark spots

May 2, 2016

Over the years, whether you’re religious about using sunscreen or not, your skin is damaged each time it is exposed to the sun. A quick trip to the grocery store, a vacation at the beach, walking the kids to the bus stop, it all adds up to years of damage to your skin. In addition to sun exposure, medications, age, and genetics also play a role in how frequently or quickly you notice dark spots appearing. Pigment issues arise on your skin’s surface in the form of discoloration, commonly referred to as “sun spots” or “dark spots” or even “age spots”.

One of the most common problems that we hear from patients looking to improve the look of their skin is the problem that is stubborn dark spots. It seems that nothing patients do at home is able to make a difference in fading the dark spots that they’re tired of trying to cover up. Luckily, we offer all of our patients in Fayetteville and McDonough multiple different treatments that can help get their skin spot-free.

What are the treatment options?

Chemical peels

By removing the outer layer of old skin, chemical peels work to improve the appearance of dark spots. Smoother, fresher and less wrinkled skin is able to come to the surface, replacing the dull-looking skin that was on the surface before. Some chemical peels can be done on a weekday lunch break and require no downtime. These peels are more gentle, but very effective over time. Most find that consistent, low-intensity peels give them their desired result without requiring them to stay home during an intense period of peeling. If you’re trying to get rid of very dark spots, ask your aesthetician ask your aesthetician about a more intense chemical peel. Though high-intensity peels will require more downtime out of your schedule as your skin will peel for days at a time, they are able to leave you with more noticeable results in one peel rather than spacing out low-intensity peels over a number of months.

IPL Photo Facial

IPL uses impulsed light to correct skin pigmentation issues without the downtime that many chemical peels require. IPL creates clearer, more youthful skin through the Photo-rejuvenation process. Skilled Aestheticians recommend between three and five treatments depending on the amount of damage or discoloration to your skin. Areas most commonly treated with IPL are the face, chest, hands, and even legs and forearms that have unwanted spots. IPL treatments take from 15 minutes to an hour depending on the size of the area that you are having treated. It is best to plan for your skin to be pink to red like a mild sunburn on the same day of treatment, but you are free to return to your normal daily activities after treatment. Over the course of your treatments, the spots that are treated commonly darken and then fade and flake off during your regular face washing routine. To expedited the spot-fading process, ask your aesthetician what other treatments are best combined with IPL to get your optimal results faster.


Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive treatment that exfoliates the outer layers of skin using a motorized device with an exfoliating tip combined with suction. While not the most common dark spot treatment, it works to exfoliate and keep the top dead layer of skin cells off which allows fresh skin to come to the surface. During the microdermabrasion treatment, tiny crystals are sprayed onto the skin to gently remove the outer layer of skin. With regular treatments, microdermabrasion leaves skin looking softer and brighter.


Regular facials get an unearned reputation as they are often viewed as only a way to pamper and relax more so than to see real skin-improving results. Though facials are quite relaxing and can feel like a pampering treat, they are also a very effective way to get your best possible skin. Regular facials can be customized be a professional to target what your unique skin needs each month. Aestheticians choose a lineup of products that will help exfoliate, treat, and brighten your skin each time you visit, and you will walk out with fresh-feeling skin that is on it’s way toward your best complexion ever. Facials are easily combined with a microdermabrasion, enzyme peel, or an IPL treatment to add exfoliation and to target stubborn dark spots for faster spot-fading results.

So what do you think? Are you in need of a dark spot fading treatment but you’re not sure which is best for you? Out skilled aestheticians are here to help with free consultations and affordable monthly treatments designed to get your skin looking flawless. If you’re looking for at-home ways to keep your skin spot free, check these tips out and take a look at the at-home skincare and sunscreen products we offer.