Hyperpigmentation, aka brown spots, are one of the most common skin conditions we see in clients of all ages. It is best to offer targeted treatments for that specific concern but the first step is to try to figure out what is causing the hyperpigmentation. Once the root is determined we then decide what the right treatment protocol would be for that specific patients lifestyle, budget and timeframe. It is extremely important to teach the client not only how to correct uneven pigment but also how to prevent further development.
Are You Committed to Removing Hyperpigmentation?
Proper home care and SPF are very important when it comes to tackling hyperpigmentation. If you think that just a couple of Professional Peels and IPL laser treatments alone will do the trick, think again.
If you really would like to get rid of your sunspots/brown spots then you need to commit 100% to a combination of home skincare, SPF and professional treatments.
Even after the spots are gone you need to continue using home skincare, SPF and limit sun exposure. If you do not follow these instructions, the spots will come back faster then you can blink an eye, and can also get darker.
We often get clients that come to our office and ask us if there is anything we can do for them to get rid of their hyperpigmentation. They often say they have had an IPL treatment done in the past, or used some sort of product, and their spots just got darker, so they stopped. Every time someone tells me this I shake my head. Why you probably wonder?
Education About Hyperpigmentation
This is why. If the doctor, nurse, esthetician does not educate the client how the entire process works, how should the client know what is supposed to happen? If we as professionals do not tell the client what will happen with the skin the reaction from the client will be “This is not working, it is just making it worse”. If you see that your skin is turning darker on the spots that you wanted to get lighter and they promised the opposite you would think this is not working, right?
The thing is that this is exactly how the skin will react at the beginning of a any type of treatment series. With IPL, the laser brakes up the pigment which gets more prominent in the beginning before getting lighter and disappearing completely. You can expect the darkening to occur within the first 24 hours and then flake off in 7-14 days.
If using lightning products like Retin-A, the skin actually gets thinner as the it stimulates the natural exfoliation the pigmentation gradually lightens over time. This process can take 1-3 months and Retin A is recommended to use as part of a regular skin care regiment.
I can not stress enough how important it is to put SPF on every day. With that I do not mean that the SPF you have in your moisturizer or makeup is enough. Especially if you would like to get rid of hyperpigmentation, keep your skin free from wrinkles and as healthy as possible, use SPF. If you are using lightening products it is a must to use SPF and hats as protection from the sun. If you go out in the sun without SPF the sun will harm you even more as your skin is thinner then normal. The sun-rays will penetrate even deeper, braking down the collagen and can also make your spots darker.