TIPS TO REMOVE DARK SPOTS (FRECKLES/MELASMA) ACCORDING TO DR. GABY SYERLY
Dr. Gaby talked about her experiences that she often encountered regarding skin problems that most of her patients consulted. Dr. Gaby mentioned that pigmentation and acne are the most common problems in Indonesia. However, patients often assume that those skin conditions can be treated immediately with a single session at the clinic. Therefore, dr. Gaby wanted to share some information and tips for all of you about how to deal with dark spots!
Protect it before it’s too late!
It’s better to prevent it first before it’s too late right? The easiest thing to do to be freed from pigmentation is to prevent them before they appear. How? Daily use of sunscreen and maintaining our healthy skin by consuming healthy foods, drinking enough water and getting sufficient vitamins / nutrients. Make sure that your sunscreen has SPF 30 ~ 50 so that its protection from UV rays on the skin works effectively and optimally!
Dr. Gaby’s recommended sunscreen :
MAGISE Flawless Sunscreen → normal, dry, combination, dehydrated skin
MAGISE Acne Sunscreen → acne prone, oily skin
MAGISE Sunshield → normal, dry, combination, oily skin
In brief, dark spots/pigmentation arise due to excessive melanin production (skin pigment). The first thing that can help to inhibit this process is the use of a topical cream. According to dr. Gaby, there are several ingredients that are effective and often used to treat dark spots, such as: hydroquinone, vitamin c, cysteamine (Cyspera), alpha arbutin, retinol, bakuchiol, tranexamic acid and kojic acid (some of these ingredients must be obtained by doctor’s prescription).
Well, maybe some of you would be skeptical when you heard the word hydroquinone. According to dr. Gaby and scientific evidence, hydroquinone is “the gold standard” for treating dark spots. “To avoid irritation or unwanted side effects, patient education on how to use hydroquinone is very important,” said dr. Gaby. Hydroquinone should be applied only to the affected areas and used for a certain period of time, and the most important thing is that its use should be under the supervision of a doctor.
Treatments at the Clinic
Apart from treating with topical creams, there are other treatments that can provide more satisfying results in removing dark spots on the face. These treatments can only be done in aesthetic clinics. The simplest treatment is to do chemical peels. This treatment functions to exfoliate the superficial skin layer and to stimulate the production of new, unblemished skin cells so that dark spots eventually become faded.
The next treatment is laser. Lasers like Picoplus and Spectra are derived from an advanced technology and are highly effective in treating dark spots. “Of course there is a risk that the dark spots can return or get worse if the laser operator does not have the skills to set laser parameters correctly,” said dr. Gaby. At YB Clinic, all doctors have carried out multiple laser training in order to explore the use of lasers properly and effectively so that they can treat patients safely and give satisfying results!