White spots on the legs caused by sun damage!

Hello - I have small white spots on my legs and arms. My dermatologist said they are a result of loss of pigment due to so much tanning. I am in my early 60's. I wear a broad spectrum sunscreen of 30 or above daily because I run and bike, but the spots are still there and I'm embarrassed about the way I look in shorts, dresses, and skirts. Please help. Is there anything I can put on my legs and arms to reduce the appearance of these white spots or get rid of them all together? Thank you so much.

YES –  there are definately things to do to help with these.   I’ll give you some ideas from least expensive to most expensive:

  • Make sure your sunscreen is at least 7-15% zinc.   Try using a cream layer base with the Colorscience powder block over that to get a really effective sun block or………..bike/run in long tights.   You really can’t tan at all if you want to get rid of these.
  • Exfoliate regularly with a glycolic type lotion or cream on your lower legs nightly and a gently scrub or loofah at least once a week.    This helps to get skin cell turnover more active.
  • When you’re in a season where you can completely cover your legs, try a series of gentle hydroxy peels through a good dermatologist or salon.   About 1 a month for 3 months.
  • Then start to consider lasers.   IPLs work fairly well but are sometimes tricky for offices to get to work well without striping occurring.   Start with a series of 3.
  • Or, even more effective but more committment is a Fraxel Dual on the lower legs – think about 2 treatments and only go to a very reputable office that does a lot of laser work for this

Hope this helps,  Dr. I

Dr. Brandith Irwin, MD

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