Twelve sessions of chemical peels, microdermabrasion and intense pulsed light treatments — slightly painful. At the end of my treatment, my skin looked better, and much more even. Admittedly, it is somewhat weird to watch a freckle fall off into the sink when doing the day's ablutions. Before all this happened, I pooh-poohed sunscreen, unless I knew I was in for a day of hot sunshine. But my doctor warned me to always wear sunscreen unless I wanted to fork over another grand to her.