It’s no secret that the sun’s rays are responsible for wreaking havoc on the skin-think brown spots, wrinkles and dullness, not to mention more serious conditions like skin cancer. But are there ways to save your complexion? “Prevention is key in slowing the signs of photo-aging, but there are ways to help repair your skin even after it occurs,” says Miami dermatologist Andrea Trowers, MD.
Hydroquinone has been the go-to, prescribed at-home treatment for treating various signs of sun damage-from spots to discoloration-since it became FDA-approved. The skin-lightening agent works by inhibiting the production of melanin, the pigment that causes darkening of the skin and leads to hyperpigmentation.
“Hydroquinone is much more effective than any other topical for eliminating hyperpigmentation and dark spots,” says Dr. Trowers, who also prescribes supporting skin-care ingredients for sun-damaged skin in need of repair. “It works especially well when used in conjunction with retinoids and vitamin C, which help boost collagen, give you back a ‘glow’ and speed up exfoliation. It’s like getting a mini-chemical peel at home every day.”
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