Oh he** no!. I’m WAY too young and cute for this!
STEP ONE. Get it checked out.
Sorry to get serious. I know I’m not yo momma. But we need to. Just for a minute. Melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer, can be a minor inconvenience, or life threatening, depending on how quickly it is evaluated and treated. It can affect ALL AGES, ALL SKIN TONES, and areas that are not even exposed to the sun. Yes, black skin, asian skin. Yes, WHERE THE SUN DON’T SHINE (butt cracks, toe nails, etc). So first thing first: make sure it’s not a problem.
Please have a board certified dermatologist make this call. Not your creepy uncle Jeff or WebMD (*always thinks it’s terminal cancer* and we don’t need to screw up your good hair day with a potentially false alarm).
Now that we’ve got the serious stuff out of the way and determined it’s just an innocent sun spot…I’m WAY too young and cute for this! GET IT OFF NOW!!! Well, I’ll be honest, there are TONS of treatment options out there, and it also depends on what specific type of sun spot it is (yup, there’s more than one type). So ultimately, it’s best to discuss your individual case with a dermatologist so that you can come up with a way that best suits your skin, your lifestyle, your budget, to most effectively improve the appearance. Don’t end up wasting a bunch of money on dead ends treating the wrong thing with the wrong thing. Treat it right the first time and it will save you time, money and potentially hardship (a lot of these junk treatments can actually make things worse!). I’ll also tell you something a lot of dermatologists may not. These are sometimes TOUGH to get rid of, especially on your own. So if anyone advertises a magic wand…Watch out! But with the right combination of treatment, you can get to a happy place. Don’t pay into gimmicks!
Now, I don’t mean to nag, but just being your skin advocate, sun protection is going to be your best friend. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know. But there’s no use wasting a basket of cash on treating spots if you get them right back. You can use that for new shoes. And with these little spotty goobers, it’s like going to the gym. You make yourself go and go and go get tortured at the gym regularly, and religiously, and sweat and bleed, and build a few small, baby muscles. And the minute you take one tiny week trip to the Bahamas, you become a jello blob again. Actually, you may be worse off than before you started going to the gym. Same thing here. Any improvement you get from your diligent skin care regimen will be rapidly reversed with unprotected sun exposure. So lotion up, baby. If not for cancer protection, to stop all this spotty stuff going on. You need something that says SPECIFICALLY “broad spectrum” and at least SPF 30 (American Academy of Dermatology standards).
Ok. The juicy part. Treatment. Well, as a rule of thumb, typically, the more aggressively you go after these (meaning more downtime, and potential associated side effects), the faster and more aggressively you’ll see results. Creams / lotions take time to really offer you noticeable results. However, they tend to be the easiest on the wallet, and are also a GREAT supplement to add to an in-clinic treatment to offer bonus effect. Make it part of the routine. Put it next to your toothbrush (hopefully you’re doing that everyday… ). The prescription lotions and creams are going to be much more effective than the over the counter alternatives, but again, with potency comes an increase in possible side effects (irritation, scaling, dryness, etc). I’m all about saving you some money, so be careful. There’s a LOT of junk being sold out there. If you don’t know, ASK. NOT UNCLE JEFF!!!
As far as treatments in the clinic go, there are several options, again, all depending on the specific type of spot, They tend to be far more effective and don’t require a whole lot of effort on your behalf (like the at home treatments do). Though they tend to be even MORE effective when used in combination with an at home regimen (AND SUNCREEN, remember?). The best clinic treatment for YOU depends on your skin type, your lifestyle, your budget… This is a discussion, and one I’m happy to have with you. Really. No charge.
“Dr Kim”, MD, FAAD, is a half Korean, board certified dermatologist, new to the DFW area, fluent in Korean and eager to reach out to the local Korean community. She is a US citizen born abroad in Korea to a Korean mother, and raised in Indonesia, to artist parents that instilled an eye for beauty and detail at an early age.
She earned her Bachelor's of Science at William and Mary with a major in Neuroscience and a minor in Biochemistry and Military Science, graduating Suma Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa. Thereafter, Dr Werner completed her medical degree at Eastern Virginia Medical School, where her superior performance academically secured her a coveted dermatology residency position. She completed her intern year at the world-renowned Walter Reed Military Medical Center prior to seizing an opportunity to perform primary care attached to an infantry unit at the DMZ in South Korea, where her fluency in Korean allowed her to excel in her role amongst the Korean forces training alongside the U.S. troops. Upon her return to the United States, Dr Werner completed her Dermatology residency at San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium and had thereafter provided medical and surgical care to soldiers, retirees and their dependents, at several U.S. Army bases nationwide.
She is published many times in peer reviewed medical journals and has extensive research experience including that in the fields of neuroscience, family medicine, cosmetic surgery, as well as dermatology. She had also presented at educational conferences before her revered peers, to include at the American Academy of Dermatology conference.
Dr Kim Werner was honorably discharged from the Army in 2018 and is eager to accept all patients, medical, surgical and cosmetic, of all ages, at her new professional home at the Frisco and Carrollton offices with Platinum Dermatology (Dermatology Consultants of Frisco and Precision Dermatology).
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