Blotches, blemishes and sun spots become a reality as we get older. They tend to appear in our late 20s and gradually become more of an issue.
Often referred to as hyperpigmentation or “age spots,” these areas of discoloration are typically results of cumulative sun damage that begins when you’re a child.
They can also appear as a result of hormone imbalance. Abnormal thyroid function, blood sugar levels and adrenal gland function can cause these spots.
Yet there are ways to prevent and to treat these spots so that concealer and foundation aren’t the only weapons in your arsenal. Board-certified physicians can help you find the best solution for your situation.
Your options include:
• Consistent, gentle exfoliation — This will help to slowly remove dead skin cells and expose newer skin.
• Lightening creams — These bleaching agents reduce the visibility of spots within a few weeks. The most common bleaching ingredient — hydroquinone — is available in synthetic and plant-based forms.
• Microdermabrasion — This procedure removes the outer layer of the skin. This method isn’t recommended for individuals with sensitive skin. Results can be seen after only a few sessions.
• Intense Pulsed Light Therapy (IPL) — The “photo facial” procedure utilizes a laser that sends high intensity pulse of light into the skin. The light will break up melanin clusters. Spots will darken and then dissipate.
Of course, you can help your skin by eating well. Take in more antioxidants like Vitamin C. Also make sure you’re eating plenty of dark-green, leafy veggies. Make sure to cut back significantly on your sugar intake.
On the prevention front, it’s important for everyone to always wear sunblock. Darker-skinned individuals can actually be more prone to discoloration following skin issues like sunburn and acne.
Your Laser Skin Care is one of Los Angeles’ top-rated Skin Care offices. We specialize in IPL, Botox, Latisse and laser hair removal, among our many other services that utilize the latest science and technology. To schedule a free consultation or to learn more about our numerous services that will help you achieve the skin rejuvenation that you are searching for, please call us today at (323) 525-1516 or visit us online at www.yourlaserskincare.com.