Skin discoloration or hyperpigmentation can aesthetically leave your skin looking aged and uneven, making it increasingly difficult to cover with makeup or present a fresh face to the world. If you’re looking to address skin discoloration and facial rejuvenation in the Redlands area, follow along as we explore how intense pulsed light (IPL) effectively treats skin discoloration.
IPL for a Balanced and Even Skin Color
The California sun, what’s not to love about it? Summers are spent surfing barrels before breakfast, getting the best in beachy waves, and having a sun-kissed glow from head-to-toe! The sun is the summer’s most trusted confident as it boosts vitamin D levels that not only elevates moods but bone health as well!
If you’ve spent many summers out in the sun, as you age, you may notice an increased amount of hyperpigmentation and sun spots develop creating an unbalanced skin discoloration.
What is skin discoloration?
Hyperpigmentation is a result of an overproduction of melanin in a concentrated part of the skin and is caused when the melanin is activated by sun exposure. Melanin is actually defending your skin from the increased UV rays, as a natural sunscreen of sorts, but can leave a lasting mark with too much sun exposure. Over time, the sunspots stay as your tan fades away, leaving in its wake, hyperpigmentation. Skin discoloration is hard to completely treat — there are creams and other approaches that can fade sun spots, but it takes a unique facial rejuvenation method, such as IPL, to comprehensively treat and balance the hyperpigmentation.
What is IPL?
IPL — also known as a photofacial — implements a variety of wavelengths targeting brown and red discoloration. The IPL treats hyperpigmentation by targeting the cells that contain extra pigment or melanin. The light wave penetrates the dermal layers helping to break up the overly pigmented cells and are absorbed within the skin which reduces the appearance on the external layer.
Does IPL Work?
Addressing hyperpigmentation will likely take a series of photofacials, but yes, IPL works wonders on sun-damaged skin. Not only can it balance the color, it can address the texture and help smooth wrinkles and fine lines!
Is IPL Uncomfortable?
Photofacials are quite painless and most only experience a mild discomfort. Because light is being pulsed, it can be attributed to a slight stinging feeling or being snapped by a rubber band. Patients have reported that it feels and looks like a moderate sunburn afterward.
Can I Return to Work Afterwards?
While the photofacial is a quick in-office procedure, your face will be red after the treatment. There is no downtime required, so you can return to your daily activities after the appointment. The only side effects include:
- Mild swelling
- Dark spots (this is normal and a part of the process)
- Minor scabbing
As we’ve broadened our understanding of the IPL treatment we’ve addressed how hyperpigmentation is caused and how IPL can effectively treat it. Likewise, we examined is photofacials are uncomfortable (they’re not) and what the side effects are.
If you love the sun and have been permanently kissed with hyperpigmentation, schedule an appointment with Rejuvenate Image Restoration, and restore a more balanced and smooth skin complexion.