Everything from the elements to health conditions can affect our appearance — especially when it comes to blotchy and discolored skin. Fortunately, there are a number of treatment options available.

At the Ventura Institute for Dermatologic Arts in Ventura and Camarillo, California, Dr. Peter Karlsberg and his physician’s assistant Michele Ayans employ a combination of art and science for natural-looking results. With innovative technologies and personalized treatment, we can address a wide variety of cosmetic dermatological issues, including blotchy skin.

Blotchy brown patches

Muddy brown or blotchy skin issues can result from damage due to the sun, or melasma, which can occur during pregnancy. The good news is, there are a number of treatment possibilities.

Topical products

Prescription-strength topical medications can aid in lightening the affected areas. We can recommend the best type for your particular condition after obtaining a diagnosis of your specific condition and its cause.

Fractional lasers

Light to medium fractional lasers can also be used to remedy brown patches and blotchy skin. Lasers work by using light-based energy to create a modification in the skin, such as disrupting pigmented areas. They are non-invasive and can target a certain kind of pigment or layer of skin even when the problem area is not right on the surface.

Treatment with a Fraxel® Restore laser is one possible way to address unwanted blotchy skin patches. It is a fractional skin resurfacing treatment that works on one segment of the skin at a time. This causes small, thermal wounds in order to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin growth. Benefits can include removing blotchiness and evening the skin as well as decreasing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and scars.

The Clear + Brilliant Perméa® laser is another way to reduce discolored areas of the skin. This treatment is conducted using a specialized handpiece and can improve both the skin’s tone and texture. It can also increase the permeability of the skin, which in turn can allow skin care products to be better absorbed when they are applied after treatment. After the treatment, there is only mild flaking and minimal to no downtime.  A series of Clear and Brilliant treatments is a gentle and effective way to improve skin tone and reduce blotchiness.


DiamondGlow™ is a non-invasive microdermabrasion treatment that works by gently removing the outer layer of skin and applying topical cosmetic serums, leaving it smoother, brighter, and with a more even tone.

Blotchy redness

Excessive capillary growth can be another skin issue that results in a weathered appearance. A single treatment with the Gemini® laser can help by targeting the laser into the capillaries and causing them to break down. Over time, the body naturally absorbs them, decreasing their visibility and leaving behind smoother, clearer skin. There is no downtime with the Gemini treatment, and a single treatment can clear 50 to 90 percent of all visible capillaries.

If you’re ready to get rid of your blotchy or discolored skin, call us today at (805) 677-1600 to make an appointment for a personalized consultation and treatment plan.

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