Monday, November 25, 2013

Removing Summer Skin Pigmentation

 The harsh rays of the summer sun may have left your skin with age spots, freckles and dark spots. This hyperpigmentation of the skin results from excess sunlight without proper protection from sunscreen. If your skin is affected by pigmentation, it’s not too late! Greenville Dermatology provides several treatments that can help even your skin tone. 

Intense Pulsed Light Therapy
Intense Pulsed Light Therapy (IPL) is a facial procedure that treats splotchy pigmentation, brown spots and broken capillaries, enhances new collagen growth, and removes fine lines and wrinkles. It can also be used on dark spots on the arms and legs. IPL uses short blasts of a polychromatic, high-intensity light to penetrate just below the skin’s surface and break up the melanin that causes uneven skin tone. A series of three to six treatments is recommended for best results. 

Light Chemical Peels
Light chemical peels are designed for light to mild cases of skin pigmentation. Chemical peels not only reverse pigmentation, but also firm the skin and fight against aging. These treatments can be used on the face, hands and arms. Most patients see reduced pigmentation after two treatments a year. 

Retinol Products
In the most basic terms, retinol is the whole vitamin A molecule, one of the best vitamins for your skin. Vitamin A is a potent antioxidant that protects your skin from free radicals and generates cell growth. Products with retinol reduce pigmentation from the sun, as well as fine lines and wrinkles. Although you can buy retinol products over the counter, best results are achieved when a dermatologist prescribes a retinol product specifically for your skin. 

There are many treatments and products available to reduce and reverse skin pigmentation caused by the sun. To find out which treatment is best for you, call us or make an appointment today at (864) 242-5872.

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