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I feel your pain, op. Wrinkles really don't bother me but my age spots (and jowls) - yikes! I am not an expert but I think it's basically just, well age, although getting them before you're 40 does seem a bit unlucky. The main cause, I believe is exposure to sun which is why you get them mainly on your face and hands. So avoiding the sun/using sunscreen might help slow them down.
As for treating them, lemon juice is recommended (I think that might be the vitamin C) and also Bio oil, although others say that's a waste of time. I think ultimately you'd be in the land of chemical peels and dermabrasion which basically sound like sandpapering your face until you reach a layer that's blemish-free. I'm not sure whether they then grow back.
Exfoliation Some sort of chemical peel depending on how brave you are ( and beware these, can leave scarring if not v carefully applied) Lancôme dreamtone is good but £££ Hat & Factor 50 sunscreen forever after
Posted too soon. Any peeling treatment, like the glycolic peels suggested above. And you should not look like Samantha after a glycolic peel! She had a poor dermatologist. But you would need a few sessions of whichever. Retin A is very good too but bleddy hard to tolerate.
Hi Sorry for not replying earlier, it's called Idealist even skintone illuminator. It is probably pricey, not had to buy any yet as I am still using the free sample I got - only need to use a little so will last ages. Would be worth going to see if you can get a sample from counter to try before buying. I would definitely recommend it.
IPL is the way forward I think. I had a mole removed last year that has grown over the last 2 yrs (GP sent me to hospital to check it wasn't cancerous first) and they shaved it off. Initially the surgeon looked at me and said "oh is it that one?" <pointing to my forehead> It wasn't. On the way out he said, "if you want to do something about that one, you can see my friend X down the corridor, a few IPL sessions and it will be gone!". I asked at reception and they quoted £250 for 2 sessions which was all they thought it would need. Possibly doesn't help you without seeing it - it's only about the size of a baby fingernail and I can cover it with concealer, but it's right on my forehead so pretty noticeable. I may see to it later in the year
How awful! I hope you returned it for a refund. I can't remember it being stinky but I was a bit annoyed that I spent time (which is in short supply) applying it as directed but didn't notice any improvement.