IPL

IPL for Sun Damage

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Do you feel like you’ve tried everything to get rid of that sun damage on your skin — but nothing’s worked?

 

Did you buy the lotions and the serums and work diligently to erase the sun damage – and still – you were left with sun spots, hyper-pigmentation, fine lines/wrinkles and/or melasma?

 

Frustrating, right?

 

We so get that.

 

 

When it comes to a one-size-fits-all approach to skincare, there isn’t such a thing.

 

 

One person may achieve glowing results from certain serums and skincare products, while another person may never see the results they’re looking for with that particular regimen.

 

Add to the mix the fact that sun damage – depending on your skin type – is a skin condition that can be difficult to treat.

 

If you’ve been let down by skin care products or regimens promising sun damage help and not living up to that promise – we have an alternative treatment for your sun damaged skin: IPL (Intense Pulsed Light).

 

 

What is IPL?

 

As mentioned IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light and can also be referred to as a “Photo Facial”. 

 

At RENEW, we use Lumecca™ IPL by InMode, which helps to treat and target skin conditions through selective photothermolysis (also known as laser resurfacing).

 

 

Okay, now that you know what IPL is, let’s take a look at why IPL can be the powerhouse treatment of sun damage…

 

 

IPL Treatment of Sun Damage

 

With skincare, most professionals want to start off slow and/or ease you into treatments for your skin.

 

Sometimes, however, IPL is exactly the skincare tool that’s needed to get in there and treat stubborn sun damage.  

 

IPL treatment can be used for:

• Light and dark skin

• Allows for the potential to treat varying skin types and conditions that could include photo-damage, superficial vessels, rosacea, skin texture and/or facial pigmentation.

 

What to expect from IPL:

1-5 IPL treatments are recommended (around the 3rd treatment is when most patients begin to see results) – with mild downtime around 7-10 days.

 

Keep in mind, post IPL treatment you will notice the pigment (especially the darker/damaged spots) pull to the surface of your skin – that means don’t be shocked if spots on your face look darker in this time period; the IPL treatment is working (but always contact your skincare professional with any concerns and follow-up).

 

Yearly IPL treatments are recommended for maintenance.

 

IPL for sun damage aims to reveal even skin tone, texture and glowing, dewy skin!


In this video Dr. Elijah + Medical Aesthetician, Charmayne Torres-Trujillo demonstrate an IPL treatment, the benefits and how this "photo facial" can help with stubborn sun damage.


To Sum It Up

 

Summer is fun.

Sun damage is not.

 

We feel you, truly.

 

And sometimes, no matter what you’ve done in the past to help erase those dark spots and uneven skin tone, a sun damage ninja is needed: say hello to IPL (Intense Pulsed Light).

 

As always, speak with your skincare professional to make sure IPL is right for you and the best course of action for your skin type.


Resources:

Photo by Artem Kovalev on Unsplash


Looking for a sun damage ninja?

Ready to find out if IPL is right for you?

 

Request an appointment below to get started with Dr. Rochelle Elijah and/or Medical Aesthetician Charmayne Torres-Trujillo – or someone from the RENEW Crew!



Why Me: Your Hyper-Pigmentation Guide

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Was that Labor Day that just happened? 

Your summer heart may be a little sad about the “official” ending of summer — however — your face might just be rejoicing. 

The sun and the sand can be helpful for the soul, but that big ball of sunshine in the sky can also be brutal to our skin. 

A common post-summer issue is hyper-pigmentation. 

If you’ve ever experienced this common skin condition then you may be familiar with what hyper-pigmentation is all about. 

However, if you’ve never heard of hyper-pigmentation, or if you’re looking to know more about it, we’ve created a hyper-pigmentation guide just for you! 


What Is Hyper-Pigmentation?  

Hyper-pigmentation is an area (usually on your nose, chin, upper lip, cheeks, forehead and even the back of your hands and décolleté) that is a dark discoloration. This can be due in part to a melanin increase (which is the substance where the pigment is regulated). 

 

Why Me? 

The hyper-pigmentation culprits can include: 

  • The sun! Dr. Zein Obagi (Beverly Hills Dermatologist & ZO® Founder) says that “…the worst culprit is cumulative sun exposure.” 
  • Hormones from birth control, pregnancy, etc.  -- Melasma “the mask of pregnancy” is also another form of hyper-pigmentation and is thought to be triggered predominately by hormones. However, vascular disorders like Rosacea are also being studied for the role of blood vessels and how they play into Melasma as well.
  • Post inflammation: acne, skin trauma, insect stings/bites, burns, cuts, and bruises. 

 

What Are My Options?  

We don’t think you’re ever too young to start prevention and a quality skincare routine. The options we give you below are what we highly recommend to our very own clients, so please let us know if you have any questions. 

With early prevention of skin damage with the use of sunscreen along with the addition of laser treatments (IPL) and/or a Hyper-pigmentation skincare system — you and your skin shall be happy in and out of the sun. 

  • Early prevention: apply sunscreen every two hours. 
  • IPL (Intense Pulse Light) — this laser resurfacing treatment helps varying skin types and conditions (especially hyper-pigmentation). We use Lumecca™ IPL by InMode and the benefits include total photo rejuvenation in 1-2 treatments versus 4-6 with standard IPL’s and patient comfort and safety that is supported by a strong sapphire cooling tip.
  • ZO Non-Hydroquinone Hyperpigmentation System — this system treats the discoloration without potential risks and side effects of using hydroquinone. This system includes 5 potent products that work synergistically to even skin tone, rejuvenate skin and improve texture. 
  • ZO® 3-Step Peel™ — An in-office treatment, followed by at-home treatment which produces longer lasting results than most peels —very little downtime and only two days of full peeling. 
  • Brightenex™ 1.0% Retinol — the first line of defense for hyper-pigmentation; helps even skin tone and color. This product can be used as maintenance post prescription treatments.