Learn how to get rid of skin imperfections with easy, inexpensive treatment optionsBy Woman's Day Staff
What is that?! Yep, it's never fun to find unwelcome blemishes setting up camp on your skin. Thankfully, there are easy ways to say sayonara to those pesky spots. Read on to learn the best fixes and product picks as recommended by dermatologists. Photo by Getty Images
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Oh no, I found a... Raised red dot
What is it? Called a cherry angioma, it's a small cluster of pooled blood vessels. The harmless red specks commonly show up on your stomach, chest or back but can also appear on your face, explains Elizabeth Tanzi, MD, dermatologist and co-director of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery in Washington, DC.
The fix: Laser treatments help break apart the blood vessels. But if you don't have the time (or money) to visit a cosmetic dermatologist, your best bet is to use a green-tinted concealer to help minimize the redness.
Try: Almay Smart Shade Perfect & Correct Primer (also has a purple tint to brighten), $9.99; Amazon.com
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Oh no, I found a... Small flap of skin
What is it? Sounds like you have a skin tag, or acrochordon-a benign growth the size of a grain of rice. They can form almost anywhere on your body, often due to the rubbing of skin against skin. "About half of women have at least one tag," says Robert T. Anolik, MD, dermatologist and medical director for BeautyBar.com.
The fix: Keep your skin moisturized, especially your neck. Swipe on a lightweight lotion daily. And don't try cutting off a skin tag yourself, says Dr. Anolik. Leave the snipping to a dermatologist, who has the proper sterile tools to do the job.
Try: Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer with SPF 15, $14.99; Amazon.com
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Oh no, I found a... Large, brown freckle
What is it? It's likely a solar lentigo, otherwise known as a liver or age spot. These flat brown marks show up on your hands, forehead, shoulders or arms thanks to years of exposure to UV rays. "Age spots are usually not dangerous, but it's best to visit a dermatologist to have them monitored," says Dr. Tanzi.
The fix: Most important: Apply sunscreen every day, particularly on the areas where spots tend to develop. You can also minimize the appearance of existing stubborn spots with a serum or cream that's formulated with vitamin C to lighten the area.
Try: Yes to Grapefruit Dark Spot Correcting Serum, $19.97; Amazon.com
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