Since I started my anti-aging journey I think that the most frequent problem which my friends and co-workers shared with me for was the freckles and sun damaged skin on their chest, AKA the decollete. Often their chests seemed permanently sunburned and a few had developed skin cancers which needed to be surgically removed. Polling my all-star team of dermatologists for a solution, I got a range of different answers. Some suggested salicylic acid peels, while other suggested Fraxel laser, CO2 lasers or skin lightening cream.
Before I vounteered a friends’ chest freckles for science, I decided to try out some of these options on a large brown spot on my chest. First approach– a laser. The series of photographs show this bad boy freckle before and after treatment. First photo show that that its not that bad, but in a strapless dress or cami top, it does look out of place. The second photo is the day after my freckle met a laser. The area was red and aw but the procedure was not uncomfortable and over quickly. The shiny stuff is Aquaphor for healing. I wore a bandaid over it for the first week to protect the area from infection and to protect my clothes from the ointment.
The last photo is 10 days after the laser treatment . I’ve still got some healing to do. The brown spots that were removed on my neck and face healed quicker than on the chest. I wonder if chest discolorations are more resistant to treatment than those on other parts of the body. This particular brown spot is in the medial line in center of the body and I know that this area tends to produce scars more easily. I’m really glad that I’m testing out different methods on myself before I involved a friends’ freckles. Have you ever treated your decollete? I’d be really interested to hear what worked as well as what didn’t.