Seeing Spots? One of the most common misconceptions about discolored skin is that it will fade away by itself and that no treatment, of any kind, is necessary. Some types of pigmentation, like those caused by acne, can eventually lighten up over time (time being the operative word as it can take a few months, if not longer before you see a difference). Is this a home care regimen solution? Partially. Addressing pigment is twofold – discoloration needs to be aggressively treated with office treatments and high-powered home care to fully eradicate spots on the surface. Not sure what to get done to see spot run (for good)? We’ve got the answers here.
If You Have Minimal Darkness, Try Microdermabrasion
During microdermabrasion, the uppermost layer of skin is gently removed, providing a smooth luminous, and clear complexion while reducing the appearance hyperpigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles. We LOVE and use Viora’s Pristine Diamond Tip.
If You Have More Stubborn Spots, Try a Chemical Peel
Salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and TCA chemical peels are often recommended to banish discoloration. Chemical peels are powerful at speeding up results and removing deeper pigment. Their potency can be manipulated to suit the type and depth of pigment. However, not every skin color is suitable for a peel, and if you have a history of scarring, you will need to find other options. We cannot get enough of the Glytone Professional Peels. They brighten, lighten, tighten, and address a bevy of skin concerns.
If You Have Discoloration From the Sun, Try Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
A popular choice for targeting sun-induced discoloration, IPL involves light-based energy pulsed onto the skin while simultaneously targeting blood vessels. The light seeks out the discoloration in the skin to lift it up and out, providing you with an exceptionally clear complexion. IPL may cause some flaking and bronzing of the skin for a few days after the treatment.
If You Have Serious Discoloration That Won’t Budge, Try C02 Laser Resurfacing
This takes resurfacing to a whole other level. Two types of lasers most commonly used in laser resurfacing are carbon dioxide (CO2) and erbium. Each laser vaporizes skin cells damaged at the surface-level, providig a controlled and deep burn to the skin, promoting rejuventation and resurfacing. This skin will take up to two weeks to heal but the results are well worth it. The skin is firmer, healthier, and the complexion and tone are smooth and even.
No matter what course of treatment you go with, it’s important to avoid the sun and shield your skin with sunscreen every day. A broad-spectrum SPF of 15 is perfect in battling the sun’s harmful rays. Avoiding the sun at all costs, though, will be your best bet in addressing those pesky spots of excess pigment. Contact us today to find the best solution for your skin care needs: 262-657-5446.