Articles Tagged: IPL Treatment

Sunburn: How It Can Affect Your IPL Treatments

Posted on September 12, 2014 by Ella Fedonenko

Sometimes it hits you —today is a beach day, you say. And in your frenzied excitement to get out the door, fuzzy beach towel in tow, you forget to apply sunscreen. Or maybe you remembered, but you failed to grab the bottle on your way out. Once you hit the beach, boiling sand quickly devouring your toes, those cool breezes sweeping in off the water lie to you. You forget about the intensity of the sun’s UV rays and fail to reapply sunblock a couple of hours later.

The result: an inflamed skin reaction otherwise known as sunburn. (And if you’re sunburned, you won’t be able to go forward with your IPL treatments in Los Angeles at the Your Laser Skin Care offices. But we’ll get to that later.)

Sunburn in and of itself is rarely a serious event. But it’s extremely uncomfortable. Your new concern, besides managing the symptoms, should be how it has increased your risk for non-melanoma and melanoma skin cancer. Younger individuals with pale/fair skin tones are at the greatest risk for such cancers. However, any skin tone can eventually succumb to sunburn with enough exposure.

Altitude, cloud coverage, ozone levels and, at least mentally, those deceiving beach breezes affect the intensity of UV rays. Sand and snow can reflect UVs back onto your skin.

Other sunburn facts to keep in mind:

• UV rays are most intense during 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., especially during the summer months.

• Sunburn severity can range from mild redness to annoying and uncomfortable blisters.

• Various medications can increase your sensitivity to UV rays and can heighten sunburn risk. Check with your pharmacist when picking up new medication to see if you should have minimal sun exposure while taking the drugs. Common medications that can increase your risk include diuretics, heart medications and antibiotics.

• Being “tan” just means your skin has increased skin pigmentation. It’s a result of more melanin production thanks to UV exposure.

• Reduce the risks of UV exposure by covering up with clothing and using waterproof sunscreen with appropriate sun protection factor (SPF). At least 30 SPF is recommended.

• Cool water/compresses and oatmeal soaks can help alleviate some of the discomfort involved with sunburn. Taking NSAIDs (pronounced “en-saids”), or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin or ibuprofen, immediately before or after sun exposure can reduce redness. However, their helpfulness decreases after sunburn has developed.

• At this time, corticosteroids and antihistamines are not recommended in treating sunburns due to their ineffectiveness, as in the former, and their possible toxicity, as in the latter. Current studies reveal little benefit to using aloe vera, as well.

Having a sunburn can also affect your Los Angeles IPL (or intense pulsed light) treatments, which are meant to combat blemishes originally caused by sun exposure. In fact, you should avoid any sunbathing for two weeks prior to the beginning of your treatment.

Your Laser Skin Care’s IPL PhotoFacial treatments diminish UV-related sun/age spots and premature wrinkles, as well as spider veins, rosacea, under-eye bags and large pores on the face, as well as other areas of the body. IPL treatments help prevent and fix these surface blemishes.

The intense pulsed light is emitted from a laser that penetrates the lower layers of the epidermis. The light is absorbed in higher amounts by darker pigments; therefore, normal skin is not affected. Treatments cause dark spots to crust over while they heal. The light also targets small capillaries in spider veins, which are heated to the point of coagulation. They are then absorbed by the body’s natural cleansing system.

Ultimately, our Los Angeles IPL treatments help kick-start the production of new collagen and other connective tissues in the skin, resulting in clearer, younger-looking skin.

To learn more about Your Laser Skin Care’s IPL treatments in Los Angeles, visit our website’s F&Qs page or call (323) 525-1516 for a free consultation. We also offer multiple skincare services, like Botox, Latisse, laser hair removal and skin tightening, among other procedures. Call us today to see how we can cater to your unique skincare needs.

IPL May Fill the Bill to Clearer Skin

Posted on September 10, 2013 by Ella Fedonenko

While BOTOX and derma fillers seem to get all the good press, we shouldn’t forget about another non-invasive procedure that might be just the choice for you. IPL, or intense pulsed light, is another popular treatment for several specific conditions. In fact, IPL may treat several conditions at the same time.

Vascular conditions, such as broken capillaries (spider veins), sun or age spots; rosacea; some loss of firmness; and enlarged pores are all treatable with a series of IPL sessions. This treatment is not the same as the laser but it does use high-intensity light and heat to penetrate below the outer layer of skin and, actually, damage the melatonin that causes brown spots or the blood vessels that create broken capillaries.

Then when the skin repairs or rejuvenates itself, the brown spots or broken veins disappear leaving the new skin clearer and more even-toned. Additionally, the IPL process may also stimulate the production of your body’s own collagen and create a firmer, tighter connective structure for your skin.

IPL is a process and the greatest success comes over a period of three to six treatments, at three to four week intervals. Each procedure, lasting about 30 minutes, reveals more and more noticeable results and you can decide when you’ve attained your optimum outcome.

Another consideration in selecting intense pulsed light treatments is affordability. Because IPL performs several different functions it’s usually less costly, overall, than the laser and, therefore, a good procedure to explore first.

As with all cosmetic dermatology treatments, every patient has different tolerances for discomfort. A cooling gel will be applied to the area, during the process.

As for side-effects, they are, usually, minimal and may include some temporary redness and minor swelling which may be covered with make-up.