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Old 04-16-2010, 08:55 PM
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Okay so I was a really bad girl when I was younger. I used to lay out in the sun with my friends all summer and slather on the baby oil. This was 15 years ago so I didn't know then what I know now. I use sunscreen religiously now. Unfortunately I have really bad sun spots/freckles on my chest. I know I won't be able to get rid of them but I would like to at least try to lighten them. I want to try a cream before going the derm or laser route. I have searched through a lot of threads but I'm still confused as to what I should use. I used to have melasma on my face and I used Tri-Luma and hydroquinine and they worked really well for me but I just read some bad things about hydroquinine. Can anyone steer me towards a product to use on my chest and maybe on a few spots on my face?
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Old 04-17-2010, 12:50 PM
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Retinols can help lighten spots and any acid with natural lighteners. I use ones with azelic acids and kojic acid. The one i am using right now is Glo theraputics Brightening Cream/serum. I try to stay away from hydraquinnone at all cost.
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Old 04-17-2010, 01:15 PM
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Thank you! I was looking at the glo because I saw you post about it in another thread. Is this okay to use on my chest too? Should I just spot apply or smooth all over my chest?
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Thank you! I was looking at the glo because I saw you post about it in another thread. Is this okay to use on my chest too? Should I just spot apply or smooth all over my chest?
I use it all over my face as needed. In the summer my freckles get darker and I'll use it twice a day all over.
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Old 04-20-2010, 08:44 AM
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Lynn, the basic daily routine of an effective c serum in AM followed by a stable high PPD sunscreen and in PM Tazorac or Retin-A gel will get rid of a lot of your damage in about 12 month (max results after about 12 months).
It is that effective, if you choose the products wisely (see the anti-aging thread, because aging is sun damage to a vast extent), that my mother with over 60 still had great results (including discolorations on decolleté and neck).
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Thanks Jen! Where can I find the Tazorac or retin-A? Are they prescription? I really know nothing about skin care products. I have fairly nice skin and have never had any problems with acne or anything but I want these sun spots gone. What is a good daily moisturizer with sunscreen in it that won't make me feel oily? Right now I use the neutrogena with SPF of 30 but I want to go higher but don't want to feel oily. Can you give me some suggestions? Like I said, I'm very new to skincare
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Thanks Jen! Where can I find the Tazorac or retin-A? Are they prescription? I really know nothing about skin care products. I have fairly nice skin and have never had any problems with acne or anything but I want these sun spots gone. What is a good daily moisturizer with sunscreen in it that won't make me feel oily? Right now I use the neutrogena with SPF of 30 but I want to go higher but don't want to feel oily. Can you give me some suggestions? Like I said, I'm very new to skincare
Tazorac and retin A in the states are both prescription.
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Thanks Jen! Where can I find the Tazorac or retin-A? Are they prescription? I really know nothing about skin care products. I have fairly nice skin and have never had any problems with acne or anything but I want these sun spots gone. What is a good daily moisturizer with sunscreen in it that won't make me feel oily? Right now I use the neutrogena with SPF of 30 but I want to go higher but don't want to feel oily. Can you give me some suggestions? Like I said, I'm very new to skincare
Best start with the anti-aging sticky and then the sunscreen sticky.
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I got the Glo Brightening Serum in the mail the other day. I love how it feels on my skin but the smell is horrendous...it smells like patchouli oil and it's so strong.

Anyway, should I put my sunscreen moisturizer over or under the serum?
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Old 04-24-2010, 01:30 PM
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Don't forget to read the sunscreen sticky! You also need better sun protection. You can stop right now and then any efforts to lessen your sun damage if you don't get better protection for your skin.
Sunscreen goes on after the serum. The serum is meant to penetrate into the skin, the sunscreen needs to be on top of the skin.
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^ Okay, that's what I thought. Thanks!!!!
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^ Okay, that's what I thought. Thanks!!!!
You can use the serum twice a day but like Jenn said if you arent using the sunscreen everyday there is no point using it. lol years ago i learned that the hard way.
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^ I do use a sunscreen every day I also learned the hard way. I wear Neutrogena's 30 right now but I am going to get the 45...they are both on the sunscreen sticky
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