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Lets talk about PIGMENTATION

Updated: May 15

Sun damage is caused by exposing unprotected skin to the sun for too long. We need some exposure to sunlight as it is an important source of vitamin D, but overexposure to UV rays (ultraviolet radiation) damages the skin’s cellular DNA and can cause pigmentation, wrinkles, dryness, sunburn, leathery texture – and even cancer.

Pigmentation or solar elastosis, are small patches of hyperpigmentation (darkness) on the surface of the skin, usually areas of the skin that experience the most sun exposure. They are not dangerous but are a sign that the skin has had a lot of exposure to UV radiation.

Luckily we can easily reverse this damage with the use of medical-grade treatments and products. My go-to treatment is IPL, as it is an excellent way to safely and effectively treat sun damage, age and brown spots, freckles, rosacea, and wrinkles in one comprehensive treatment. Although you will notice an improvement with just one treatment, I always recommend a minimum of three treatments for more significant results.

IPL uses light energy to target accurately and remove pigmented or damaged skin cells. The device will emit multiple wavelengths of light onto the skin. This light heats cells in the skin and breaks them down. The body then removes the damaged tissue naturally.

IPL unfortunately, isn’t suitable for every skin type, as the chromophore for the laser is melanin (meaning it's attracted to colour). For Fitzpatrick skin types 4-6, micro-needling and peels are the safer options.

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