Melasma vs Sun Damage and treatment Options

Sun Spots

Brown spots, like age spots or freckles, are small, flat areas no bigger than the tip of your finger. We treat those spots with Intense Pulse Light treatments. IPL treatments are an easy way to target the dark pigmenting cells without damaging the regular skin cells. These treatments deliver energy to darkly pigmented cells. Then those cells die and flake off. The cells without the dark pigment don’t absorb the energy.

Chemical peels can also be very effective with sunspots but sometimes require several treatments. If you choose this route, preparation is key.

Damage from UV rays can cause major changes in the skin’s appearance and structure, including thinner skin, drier skin, less elasticity, increase in wrinkles or sagging, and reduced production of collagen and elastin.


Melasma is a common skin problem that typically appears as brown or gray patches. It most commonly occurs on the face, especially on cheeks, the bridge of the nose, forehead, chin, and upper lip. However, melasma can also develop on parts of the body that receive sun exposure, including the forearms and neck. Although it is not yet clear what causes melasma, the American Academy of Dermatology suggests that sun exposure, a change in hormones, and irritating skin care products can all contribute to the development of the skin condition. Furthermore, women and people with darker skin complexions are more likely to develop melasma.

Sun Damage

Excessive sun exposure is the most significant cause of aging skin. Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun contributes to premature skin aging and skin texture changes, among other conditions:

  • Coarse wrinkles, especially on the back of the neck
  • Fine wrinkles caused by thinning of the skin, especially on the forearms and back of hands
  • Excessive bruising from minor trauma
  • Pigment changes, such as brown spots, freckles, age spots, and liver spots
  • White spots on legs, arms, and the back of hands
  • Red areas on the sides of the neck
  • Moles – some of which can develop into skin cancer
  • Pre-cancerous skin changes, including actinic keratosis

Your Options

If you are experiencing the appearance of premature aging, including brown spots, dullness, discoloration, melasma, loss of radiance, age spots, and/or fine lines, the I’M FABULOUS COSMETICS lightening regimen is great to use when it comes to treating stubborn skin hyperpigmentation issues and is free of Hydroquinone and toxic preservative.

I’M FABULOUS COSMETICS products contain Vitamin C, alpha-hydroxy acid, kojic acid, salicylic acid, licorice, retinol, TCA and antioxidants to help reduce free radical damage. Depending on the severity of your skin hyperpigmentation.

The I’M FABULOUS COSMETICS line helps to restore the appearance of a bright, even complexion by clearing away dull dead skin cells, supporting vibrant skin renewal and protecting fresh new cells from UV radiation and other effects of the environment for a long-term solution to a radiant complexion.

Is the I’M FABULOUS COSMETICS brightening or lightening regimen right for your skin?

I’M FABULOUS COSMETICS skin care products are mostly fragrance-free, organic, vegan, free of paraben, silicone, toxic preservatives and hydroquinone.