Slathering On Sunscreen But Still Seeing Brown Spots?

You may be wondering why despite being really good about applying sunscreen often and generously all throughout the summer, wearing a hat, and limiting your time outdoors, your brown spots still show up?

Well, here’s why:

Did you know that even if you’re really good about wearing a hat and sunscreen this summer, the HEAT from UV rays will still make brown spots/pigmentation show up? For years, it was thought that “sun spots” were just like it says, spots from the sun. But newer research indicates that not only direct UV rays, but the heat given off from the sun will stimulate melanin activity. So basically, no matter how diligent you are about re-applying sunscreen, wearing a hat and staying in the shade, you still cannot avoid pigment stimulation. And for those of us who live in the southern states where it really gets hot, it makes it very frustrating.

What can you do?

Use a skin lightener. There are many out on the market, some over-the-counter and some available by prescription. My favorite is Renée Rouleau Vitamin C & E Treatment because the action ingredient, Magnesium Ascorbyl Palmitate, is a proven melanin suppressor to keep your pigment cells asleep as much as possible, so it’s great to use during the summer and it works to lighten them, too (especially in the fall when the temperature cools!)…

Read: How To Prevent Summer Sun Spots

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  1. I’m 57 and fighting brown spots. I’ve heard about two ingrediants that are suppose to work very well: azelaic acid and melanozyme (lignin peroxidase)
    Just wanted your input. And if any of your products use these ingredients.

    Posted By: Leslie Loper  | 

    • I don’t have any personal experience with azelaic acid but I have heard of it. I prefer glycolic, tartaric, lactic, salicylic and malic acids for fading brown spots and you can find them in my exfoliating products here As for the other ingredient, it sounds like a trade name and not one I have heard of or seen any studies on.

      Posted By: Renée Rouleau  | 


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