I was intrigued by a new freckle fighting cream called Elure. There are good clinical studies that it can lighten dark patches in 7-28 days. Elure gets its power from a type of naturally occuring enzyme derived from tree mushrooms. Called legnin peroxidase, it acts by breaking down melanin in the skin cells. Unlike hydroquinone, this enzyme is non irritating and shows no skin sensitivity.
We all know that excess pigmentation is linked to sun exposure. What is less well known is that as we get older there is an increase in dark spots and splotches due to a slowdown in the rate of cell growth. In our twenties cells turn over every 28 days. By the 50’s, the cycle is extended to 45 days. This means that darkened … Continue Reading… →
Judith’s hands healed rapidly after her IPL treatment. On Day One ( top left) the freckles looked a bit red, but were not painful. Other than a sunscreen, Judith did not need to put anything on them or to wear a bandage. Over the next week (bottom left ) her hand developed numerous small brown spots which were exploded freckles. These soon rubbed off revealing fresh new skin. The bigger freckles developed crusted over, which then fell off to reveal pale spots. After three weeks( bottom right) her hands had a brighter, softer surface with just a few freckles that were much lighter than before.
When it comes to lasers, by this time I know the drill. If I had been using Retin A or Triluma on my hands, I would have had to stop 2-3 days earlier. One hour before the treatment I dabbed on a numbing cream made with lidocaine. ( Its available only with a prescription). Dr Marmur slipped on a pair of red goggles, gave me a pair to put on and aimed a YAG laser at the top of my hands. I hardly felt a thing. I’ve got a pretty low tolorance to pain, so if I say somethings doen’t hurt, trust me, it doesn’t hurt.
As I sat in the treatment chair, the spots turned white and crusty. Dr Marmur gave me tubes of Aquaphot to put on the fried spots and a packet of large, self adhesive bandaids to cover the tops of the hands. By the time I was at the … Continue Reading… →
When I was just starting out as a beauty writer, a very elegant Conde Nast editor told me that ” hands give away your true age”. Back then, her mark went right over my head. Today I get it. While Retin A and IPL have polished my skin smooth, my hands are wrinkled, veiny and dotted with brown spots.
I have been fairly diligent about using sunscreen on my face, but pretty much forgot about my hands. Like a textbook description of sun damage, the back of my hands have wrinkles and age spots. According to my derm, Dr Marmur, the spots may fade in a bit over the winter, but will come roaring back even darker in the spring. Best treatment? Another date with a laser . I will get … Continue Reading… →
Its now been five days since Dr Marmur aimed a laser at my brown spots. I called them freckles, but in truth they were age spots. Less than a week after the procedure, the small scabs have fallen off and the skin is slightly pink where once it was brown. I am really surprised how much difference the absence of dark spots makes on the appearance of my complexion. The new skin clarity allows the improvements from Retin A and home peels ( better texture, color and tone) to shine right through.
The difference was instantly apparent to my friend Maria. Tall and beautiful, she is a women who certainly knows her way around beauty options. As soon as she walked though the door she peered at me ” you look great” she exclaimed ” What have you had done?
Laser treatment of my age spots cost $325 and I think it was money very well spent. … Continue Reading… →