One of the major factors that contribute to skin ageing is uneven pigmentation. With our modern lifestyles, we are often exposed to many external factors that lead to free radical damage, causing our cells to weaken and produce excess melanin.
What Causes Pigmentation?
When melanin, the pigment found in the skin that gives it colour, is excessively produced it leads to dark spots or darkened areas of skin. There are many causes of pigmentation including excessive sun exposure, artificial lighting, hair removal such as depilatory creams or shaving, hormonal changes and pregnancy.
The depth of the pigmentation can vary, with the excess melanin being formed in either the epidermal or dermal layer of the skin. When the pigmentation is in the epidermal layer, it is much easier to treat as it is close to the surface. However dermal pigmentation has the melanin in the deeper layers of the skin and requires more intensive treatments.
Intense Pulsed Light Skin Rejuvenation is a form of light-based skin therapy using the most modern technology to treat pigmentation and repair the damaged cells resulting in an even complexion.
Using pulses of light, this technology delivers a variety of wavelengths (or colours) to target damaged skin cells. The light energy is then absorbed by the tissue and converted to heat, which destroys the melanin (dark pigment) and haemoglobin (the red colour in blood vessels) in the targeted damaged cells, triggering the healing response to rapidly produce new cells in the treated area to promote clearer, healthier skin.
IPL is a highly effective form of skin rejuvenation as it emits a higher frequency and intensity of focused light, allowing the treatment area to be specifically targeted without surrounding areas and the skin surface being disrupted. The treatment is non-invasive and for this reason it is the safest option for all skin tones and types, also having the benefit of requiring no down-time after treatment.
What can be treated by IPL Skin Rejuvenation?
- Flat pigmented skin spots such as freckles, sun and age spots and general pigmentation.
- Vascular lesions including spider veins, red spots and broken capillaries.
- Redness, rosacea and red coloured scarring.
- Uneven skin colouring
- Sun damage
When considering IPL Skin Rejuvenation it is important to verify if you have any contraindications to the treatment as it may not be suitable for the following reasons:
- Use of ROACCUTANE or medication that makes the skin photosensitive within the last 6 months
- Recent sunburn
- Unprotected sun exposure or use of a solarium within 4 weeks
- History of seizures
- Dermatitis or eczema in the treatment area
For any of these reasons, it is best to postpone or avoid IPL treatment. Other options that may be suitable depending on the contraindication include Microdermabrasion or the Renewal Program Peeling Treatment.
- Avoid sun exposure prior to your appointment
- Avoid self tanners
- Use sun protection on a daily basis
- You must apply sun protection on a daily basis
- Do not exfoliate the skin for one week
- Use aftercare products recommended by your skin therapist to boost your results and ensure your skin does not become irritated.
IPL skin rejuvenation can be performed on any areas of the face and body and repeated series of 6 to 14 sessions are recommended for best results.
When actively treating pigmentation, protection is the key to achieving the best results. Always wear a sun protection cream with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 on a daily basis. Exel High Sun Protection Crème SPF 30 provides everyday sun protection and is suitable for the face and body. For a tinted Sun Protection Cream for the face, Exel XL Urban Face Protection SPF 31 gives light coverage, best suited for medium to dark skin tones, while Renewal Sun Protection Crème SPF 37 is best for light skin tones.
When outdoors or exposed to direct sunlight, Exel High Sun Protection Crème SPF 60 (for light skin tones) and XL Urban Face Protection SPF 60 (for medium to dark skin tones) block the harsh UV rays and are the perfect options for extended sun exposure.
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