In the fight against the signs of aging, people often worry about lines and wrinkles. Although these are part of the picture, to look truly fresh it’s important to examine the coloration of the skin too. Dark spots and patchy redness can make skin look older before there is a single wrinkle.
Many women notice uneven color in their skin over time. Sometimes called “age spots,” these brown marks are known as hyperpigmentation. It’s often caused by sun damage, which causes the skin to produce random packets of melanin, the pigment that gives skin its color. It can also be a result of changes in hormones, such as during pregnancy or from taking certain medicines. Hyperpigmentation sometimes develops in reaction to inflammation from wounds or acne. The resulting spots look very aging, even when the skin is otherwise smooth and wrinkle-free.
You’ll find many creams and serums that promise to lighten dark spots, but they take a long time and require constant use to see minimal results. What’s more, the ingredients in these topical treatments can be irritating to the skin. To prevent new dark spots, sunscreen is very important.
Another problem is redness. An uneven, unflattering flush can be a result of many things. Stress, alcohol use, and chronic inflammation can cause redness. A very common cause is enlarged capillaries, the tiny blood vessels in the skin. Sun damage breaks down the collagen in the skin, which can lead to these blood vessels becoming enlarged. Thinner skin allows the blood vessels to show through. People who have rosacea not only have to deal with ruddiness, but they often have enlarged capillaries too.
Topical treatments for redness have limited success. Doctors recommend avoiding alcohol or spicy foods that cause your face to flush. Color-correcting makeup primer with a green tint can help cover redness. It’s vital that you wear sunscreen to keep it from worsening.
IPL Photofacial – A Real Solution
The good news is that there is an effective treatment for hyperpigmentation and redness, and it’s easy and noninvasive. The Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Photofacial directly addresses the underlying causes, resulting in quick and dramatic improvement. It doesn’t require any downtime, and you can reapply makeup the same day.
To deal with dark spots, carefully directed bursts of light waves are applied to the skin. These light waves harmlessly penetrate the surface of the skin and are absorbed by the melanin beneath. This heats and fragments the melanin, and over the next few weeks, the body absorbs it, leaving the skin tone even and smooth. In about four weeks, you will see dark spots become noticeably lighter as the melanin is swept away by the skin’s own repair processes.
The same process can reduce redness. Light waves are absorbed by the blood vessels close to the surface of the skin. This produces heat, causing the capillaries to reduce in size and appearance as they recover. The improvements will be seen over the next few weeks. IPL Photofacials can be especially helpful in reducing the redness associated with rosacea.
As an added benefit, this remarkable treatment also heats fibroblasts deep within the skin. This stimulates the production of new collagen, improving firmness and resiliency, and making pores appear smaller. The result is smooth and radiant skin that looks truly youthful. For both dark spots and redness a course of three to five treatments, a month apart, will be necessary to see the best results.
If you are interested in seeing what IPL can do to restore your skin’s luster, please contact us. Our skilled and trained staff is ready to evaluate your skin and prepare a meticulously individualized treatment plan.