Treating lentigo

Lentigines are not typically a cause of medical concern, so they don’t need to be treated. However, some may choose to lighten or remove lentigines for aesthetic reasons.

To lighten or remove lentigines, your dermatologist might recommend one of these treatments:

  • medicines such as bleaching creams containing hydroquinone or retinoids (tretinoin)
  • chemical peels
  • laser or intense pulse light therapy to destroy melanocytes
  • freezing (cryotherapy) to destroy melanocytes

Tanning bed lentigo

  • Similar to ink spot lentigo but follows indoor tanning
  • Location anywhere exposed to the tanning bed