Cocoa colored skin with sun spots ? Rx
You are already doing the single most important thing, using a daily sunblock - which should be at least a 60 SPF. Retinoids are very helpful and selecting one that you can tolerate for daily use is best. Depending on the degree of your "sun spots" some gentle light treatments also may be helpful as can be resorcinol or glycolic peels.
Peels for Sun Damage
Hello, and thank you for your question! It sounds as if you are doing a lot of things very right! I love that you are using a retinoid, a vitamin C, and good sunscreen. I always tell my patients that the best offense is a good defense. If you are interested in adding peels into your skincare regimen, I would caution you that a single peel will not remove sun spots, and while peels can definitely fade this type of pigment, they usually will not remove it completely. However, peels will reverse many of the signs of aging in addition to fading sun spots, and if you would be satisfied with this, I would recommend a series of 4-6 mild Jessner's peels, such as the Vitalize from SkinMedica. I hope this helps, and good luck!
Vi peel, Heliocare, and Hyperpigmentation
For darker skin types including light brown & brown skin, a Vi precision plus peel is safe and helps in improving sun spots of the skin. For lightening sun spots, the initial treatment series may take three peels 4-6 weeks apart. After, peels are often recommended as beneficial quarterly throughout the year for maintenance. In addition to your at home skin care, consider taking the over the counter supplement Heliocare 1-2 tabs daily. It has antioxidants that provides additional sun protection, pigmentation protection, and anti-aging benefits.