So, Mary, (please see comments from my custom made talcum powder post) I asked my pal and pharmacist, Christine, what we can do about that annoying, age giveaway problem many of us face, which we shall heretofore refer to as freckles, on our hands and sometimes faces and elsewhere.
The short answer is, without intervention by a dermatologist, “nothing.” There are no over-the-counter remedies for age-related freckles.
Christine does sell lotions and potions and some work better than others, she mentioned Mela D- from La Roche Posay and D-Pigment from Avène,but there are no miracles in the ingredients she told me. They might help to “slightly” lighten unsightly spots, but that’s all one can expect. She suggested that I save my money and put it toward a visit to my dermatologist.
I’ve tried cryotherapy and it didn’t work that well for me. Same old story: lighter, but still there. Very disappointing. Laser is on my wish list.
As I was starting to despair, Christine mentioned “The Kligman Formula,” a collection of prescription only skin whitening products formulated by Dr. Albert Kligman, the American dermatologist who is credited with discovering Retin-A.
I’m on it. I’ll keep you au courant about my progress. Christine did emphasize that despite the efficaciousness of the formula, one must be dedicated to daily applications for two months.
Then, of course, lest we forget, fighting hyperpigmentation is a series of battles and part of the ammunition is constant use of serious SPF products.
Et voila, mes très, très, très chers amisour tough love lesson for today.
If you plan to join me on the Kligman Formula freckle front, please let me know if you’re happy with the results.