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September 22, 2016

Before + After: How BBL Banished My Sunspots

Like you, I look forward to fall for many reasons. Apple picking. New jeans. Down vests. And getting rid of every last sun spot that popped up over the summer. They just don’t quit, no matter how much SPF I wear or how silly I look wearing a hat wherever I go. Sunspots are a part of my life because I was a total sun worshipper in another. This time around I decided to try Broad Band Light, or BBL. A form of photorejuvenation and similar to IPL which you can read about here, it has the added benefit of increasing collagen production and slowing down the aging process, too. According to the Skin Rejuvenation Clinic where I received my BBL last fall (it’s their most popular service, if that tells you anything), annual BBL treatments can delay skin’s aging by 10 years. I can tell you that my sun damage is more aging than fine lines or wrinkles. But you have to stay on top of it—and you will be so glad you did. This is me after my BBL:

Before + After: How BBL Banished My Sunspots | Beauty Bets

All of those dark, peppery spots are melanin, which the BBL brings to the surface. Most of them were visible before, but not nearly this dark (you don’t want to know what’s lying in wait!).  During the treatment, your face is zapped with a hand-held light device moving from spot to spot. The whole thing takes about 10 minutes and feels like a rubber band snapping against your skin. I don’t mind it one bit, ask you can see:

Before + After: How BBL Banished My Sunspots | Beauty Bets

In fact, I love the visible proof because I know that in a week all of these coffee grounds are going to flake off, revealing flawless, even-toned skin. Like so:

Before + After: How BBL Banished My Sunspots | Beauty Bets

This is me maybe a month after my BBL. Yes, I am wearing makeup but nothing more than a tinted moisturizer and definitely nothing that could cover up hyperpigmentation in such bright, natural lighting.

Before + After: How BBL Banished My Sunspots | Beauty Bets

Just looking at these gets me excited. No topical product can do this. They’re great for keeping new sunspots at bay and overall skin brightening, but once you’ve got those bad boys, they’re usually camped out deep within the dermis and can only be lifted by a professional treatment. It’s best to wait to book your photorejuvenation until fall or winter as light treatments increase skin sensitivity, making it susceptible to even more sun damage. Will be sure to post some new before/afters soon! In the meantime, please let me know if you have ANY questions. This is obviously a topic near and dear to my heart and I’m happy to help point you in the right direction!

  • Elizabeth Dehn
    Born and raised in Minnesota by surprisingly low-maintenance parents, beauty writer and lifestyle editor Elizabeth Dehn (aka Bets) spent her awkward years buying Mood lipstick and whipping up DIY face masks before founding Beauty Bets in 2009.
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