It's Time to Tackle Brown Spots

Dark or brown spots are one of the most common skin complaints received by dermatologists.

Hyperpigmentation of the skin can be caused by a variety of factors, including:

  • Sun damage
  • Post-inflammatory changes from acne or other skin conditions that cause inflammation of the skin
  • Hormonal and genetic conditions such as melasma

There are many treatments for dark spots, including lasers and peels, topical prescription (Rx) creams, over-the-counter (OTC) topical treatments, and oral vitamin or amino acid supplements. The best results are achieved when multiple treatment types are expertly combined.

Let the Pure Dermatology team of board-certified dermatologists and aesthetician develop a treatment plan and skin care regimen specific to your skin goals!

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Rx Tretinoin or OTC Retinols:

  • Increases skin turnover and exfoliation.
  • Used in combination with other lightening products can increase penetration.

Glycolic Acid, Alpha Hydroxy and Beta Hydroxy Acids (AHA or BHA):

  • Exfoliates the skin.

Azelaid Acid: 

  • Higher concentrations (15-20%) inhibit free radicals and tyrosinase, which is an enzyme necessary for melanin production.

Kojic Acid:

  • Inhibits tyrosinase, which is an enzyme necessary in the production of melanin.

Transexamic Acid:

  • Synthetic amino acid that blocks excess melanin production.
  • Available topically in OTC products and orally via Rx.


  • Reduces melanin production by inhibiting key enzymes required in melanin production.



  • Decreases and prevents the formation of excess melanin in the skin.
  • Available in 1-2% strength in OTC products and 4% or greater with a prescription.
  • Works well but cannot be used long term, best used in Rx strength for short time periods and followed with other dark spot correctors for long term maintenance.


  • Anti-inflammatory that helps barrier function of the skin with increases hydration and improves uneven tone.

Vitamin C:

  • Potent antioxidant that helps repair skin and indirectly reduces hyperpigmentation.

Licorice Root Extract:

  • Anti-inflammatory by inhibiting pro-inflammatory cytokines.

PATH-3 Technology: 

  • Unique new patented ingredient that helps to minimize the recurrence of surface pigmentation and protect against future damage.


Isdinceutics Melaclear Advanced

What we love: Dewy serum texture, non-irritating while exfoliating and calming the skin.

Key ingredients:

  • Tranexamic acid
  • Niacinamide
  • Licorice Root Extract
  • Blend of exfoliating acids

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Are you ready to rejuvenate your skin and achieve a more even skin tone and youthful appearance? Now, before the summer, is the perfect time to consider Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments.

What is IPL? IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light, a technology that uses broad-spectrum light to target various skin concerns. It is commonly used to treat sun damage, brown spots, redness, broken blood vessels and overall uneven skin tone. IPL works by delivering pulses of light energy into the skin which are absorbed by the red and brown pigmentation and brought to the surface and removed.

Are you a good candidate for IPL? IPL is safe for most skin types and can be customized to address individual skin concerns. However, it is important to consult with a qualified skincare professional to determine if IPL is the right treatment for you.

Take the first step towards healthier, more radiant skin by scheduling a consultation to learn more about the benefits of IPL treatments. Say goodbye to skin imperfections and hello to a more confident you with IPL!

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