What is the Safest Treatment of Aging Spots, Fine Wrinkels and Dull Skin?

What is the Safest Treatment of Aging Spots, Fine Wrinkels and Dull Skin?

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Safest treatment for age spots and fine wrinkles

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Tretinoin (or Retrinol) in combination with a bleaching agent (i.e. hydroquinone) and a topical Vitamin C product can be effective in reducing the appearance of age spots and fine lines. In addition, one should use sunscreen regularly, wear protective clothing,  and avoid sun when possible.

In addition, several treatments are available when the above fails, including chemical peels, photo-rejuvenation, and laser resurfacing.



Boca Raton Dermatologic Surgeon
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Safe treatment for aging spots, fine wrinkles and dull skin

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The first step is to use daily sunscreen with SPF 50+, anti-oxidant serum, tretinoin cream and AHA's.  Start slowly so your skin can become accustomed to them.  If you feel you still would like improvement, consult a dermatologist who offers multiple treatment options.  IPL, photodynamic therapy and Fraxel laser may all be appropriate for you.

Martie Gidon, MD, FRCPC
Toronto Dermatologist

The Safest Treatment for Fine line Wrinkles, Dull Skin and Age Spots

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Fine Line Wrinkles:  Recommendations differ depending on your lifestyle and skin type

  • Peleve' (non-invasive,no downtime,no pain, good results over a year of treatment)
  • Tripeptide (with Stem Cell Technology) topical twice daily..
  • Profractional Laser.. twice per year

Dull Skin 

  • Vitamen C Cream

Age Spots or Solar Spots

  • BBL laser
  • Hydroquinone for maintenance

Reason this is a Good Plan:

  • safe
  • minimal to no downtime
  • acceptable results

Joseph Rucker, MD, FACS
Eau Claire Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 22 reviews

Fraxel Laser for Treating Aging Spots, Fine Wrinkles and Dull Skin

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These issues are best addressed by solutions that work closely with your skin's physiology.

Fraxel Dual uses the 1550nm and the 1927nm wavelength which can deliberately apply heat to the dermal layer of your skin to promote the development of new collagen fibers. This helps improve the firmness and elasticity needed to help correct the fine wrinkles and rejuvenate the skin. These wavelengths are also able to be absorbed by targeted areas of melanin in order to break up the pigment so that it can be eliminated by the body. 

The Spectra laser gives an exfoliating effect, similar to a chemical peel which can help to noticeably rejuvenation the skin. Plus, the results are safer and far more predictable. 

Take a look at the video below  of the patient who had both Fraxel and Spectra done to correct similar areas of issues.


Sanusi Umar, MD
Redondo Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

Safest treatment for aging spots, wrinkles and dull skin

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One of the most effective (and least expensive) ways to reverse the effects of chronic sun damage to your skin is by using a combination of two prescription strength medications: tretinoin cream and 4% hydroquinone cream. Unlike the unsubstantiated claims made by over-the-counter skin care products, the results of using these creams are backed by real medical science. I recommend the Obagi Nu-Derm System which uses both tretinoin cream and hydroquinone to visibly lighten age spots as well as the fine lines, wrinkles and dull skin that are due to chronic sun exposure. Obagi Skin Care systems and products have been tested and researched over many years creating a skin care treatment that is dramatically different from anything else on the market. They promote changes clearly visible both on the surface and at a structural level beneath the treated areas of the skin. Obagi products can be purchased in physicians' offices or online from TheWebDermatologist.com.

Mitchell Schwartz, MD
South Burlington Dermatologic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

Sun Damaged Skin

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Depending on the color of your skin, there are several methods.

The simplest would be a good medical grade skin care, then chemical peels or fractional CO2 laser.

Samir Shureih, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon

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