A blotchy appearance stems from a combination of skin type and sun exposure. The lighter your skin, the more freckling, broken blood vessels, and blotchiness you're likely to experience as you age. If you were once prone to acne, it's likely that the dark red spots are the remnants of past blemishes. An intense-pulsed-light (IPL) device specifically targets areas of brown or red discoloration on fair-skinned women. This version is the first release on CNET Download.com.