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An Aesthetic Provider’s Guide to Identifying the Brown Spots You WANT to Treat: SKs!

Learn How to Identify, Treat, and Become Profitable When Addressing SKs

A board-certified dermatologist is a medical doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and medical and cosmetic treatment of skin, hair and nail conditions. However, many of the same patients who visit Dermatologists are the same patients that walk through the doors of a medical spa or plastic surgery practice. As an aesthetic medical provider, especially one who treats other skin conditions or offers cosmetic procedures, it’s critical to know the difference between Seborrheic Keratoses (SKs, raised brown spots or age spots) and potentially harmful skin conditions. With nearly 80% of the patients who walk through your door affected by SKs, it’s also an exciting opportunity to offer a new treatment which can reduce or remove the appearance of brown spots or age spots.


SKs are common, benign skin growths that can occur anywhere on the body. Although anyone can develop SKs, they’re typically more prevalent with age. SKs, more commonly known as raised brown spots or ‘age spots’, can vary in size, appearance and coloration although they tend to have a waxy, stuck-on-the-skin appearance. SKs may also look like other common skin growths including warts, actinic keratoses (which are generally dry and/or scaly growths and can become harmful), moles, and of course, melanoma. If you have any question as to whether a spot is an SK or another type of skin condition, it’s always recommended that you send your patient to a board-certified dermatologist.1


SKs typically occur in middle age or later and may appear in anyone (or any skin type) at any time. They’re most commonly found on the chest, back, scalp, face and neck although they can appear almost anywhere on the body, with the exception of the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet.1  


The number of SKs found on a patient tends to increase with age, but the exact cause of SKs is unknown.1


In a recent study, 73% of participants said they were mostly or slightly bothered by the appearance of SKs around their face, neck or hairline2. With this becoming a more popular (or widely-discussed) skin condition, many patients look to remove their visible or irritated SKs. In-office options for removing SKs include cryotherapy (freezing), electrosurgery or curettage (electric currents or scraping), topical treatments (hydrogen peroxide), and laser treatments, all of which have the risk of scarring and/or infection.1


Until very recently, providers have not had access to a painless topical solution that has proven to successfully clear SKs. ESKATA, developed by Aclaris, is the first and only FDA-approved topical treatment indicated for SKs. With fewer side effects and better outcomes, it is quickly becoming a popular treatment not only in Dermatology practices, but in other types of aesthetic medical facilities.  As ESKATA can be administered by both physicians and mid-level providers, it offers a unique opportunity to provide a solution to a large portion of aesthetic patients with a 2:1 return (better than injectables).

To learn more about the clinical and financial benefits of using ESKATA, please contact us at or visit us here. Members receive a 15% quarterly rebate on ESKATA purchases.  

Reference 1: American Academy of Dermatology. Seborrheic Keratoses. 2018
Reference: 2. Data on file. Aclaris Therapeutics, Inc. 2018.

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Top Ingredients for Fighting Hyperpigmentation

Ingredients To Help Achieve a More Even Skin Tone

The essence of younger looking skin is radiance. It’s that rosy glow that children have naturally. And the older you get, the less radiant your skin becomes. You see, attaining a brighter complexion isn’t easy. The process requires two specific steps: exfoliation to remove discoloration and melanin inhibitors to limit hyperpigmentation. Two steps to radiance – one without the other is simply not good enough. That’s why one-step lighteners and brighteners just don’t work.

Here’s what to look for to get the most out of your brightening products:

  1. Natural Exfoliators: Lemon, orange and sugar are all great natural exfoliants to look for in a good brightening product. Lemon and orange are acidic which naturally exfoliates skin while sugar works manually to exfoliate as you rub the product on your face. Bonus – Because exfoliation naturally thickens skin and improves circulation, your pores will look smoother and more refined!
  2. AHA/BHA also known as Alpha Hydroxy Acid and Beta Hydroxy Acid or Salicylic acid are not only great for helping increase cell turnover, they also aid in the reduction of the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles! Each of the acids provides its own unique benefits, and when formulated properly, is an anti-aging powerhouse duo.
  3. Melanin and Tyrosinase Inhibitors: Cell turnover is one thing, but keeping cells lighter longer is the real trick. Look for melanin and tyrosinase inhibitors like vitamin C, ascorbic acid or alpha lipoic acid that reduce the look of pigmentation and help new cells start lighter and stay more radiant longer.
  4. Hydroquinone alternatives are essential ingredients in safe, natural lightening products. Hydroquinone is one of the most common – and most controversial – ingredients in skin lightening products. You’ve about the potential dangers of hydroquinone before. So make sure your lightening products do not contain hydroquinone. We always say, better safe than sorry, especially when it’s an ingredient that has been banned in most countries outside of the USA.
  5. Emollients are ingredients that soften skin and seal in moisture. Exfoliation and lightening agents can be drying to the skin. Make sure your lightening and brightening products contain emollients that rehydrate skin and prevent dehydration and further damage.
  6. Antioxidants help defend the skin against free radical damage (think sun, smoke, and pollution) that lead to dark spots and hyperpigmentation. Look for ingredients like Retinol, green tea and vitamin C, all great natural antioxidants that are good for skin.
  7. Stem Cell Technology, like Stemology’s proprietary StemCore-3, which delivers long-term results by combining human stem cells (ethically gathered from certified adult donors), plant stem cells and ingredient “helpers” to provide a highly effective hyperpigmentation reducer.

Still having a hard time finding a skincare product that includes all these ingredients, try Stemology’s Cell Revive Brightening Serum. It delivers brighter, more radiant skin in just 14 days, with even more dramatic improvement after 42 days. And Cell Revive Brightening Serum is 100% hydroquinone and ubiquinone free!

For more information about Stemology skincare, visit

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