If you want your skin to be flawless and glowing, you are not alone. Millions around the world want the same. However, if you have small skin issues that ruin the perfect look, you are once again a part of group of millions that suffer similar trouble.
Pigmentation is one of the most common skin troubles that people all over the world face. It is related with melanin, the natural pigment that skin gives it color. To correct pigmentation issues, there are a host of options. We shall take a brief look into the pigmentation issues as well as the treatment options that are available for correct them.
A look into pigmentation
Pigmentation issues are generally caused by too much or too little production of melanin. The common skin conditions associated with pigmentation are vitilgo, albinism, Melasma and freckles. These are generally present all around the globe though some issues may be more persistent in certain demographics than others.
There are numerous factors that aid these pigmentation issues. These factors include too much exposure to the sun without any protection, imbalance in the hormonal levels which is very common and some kind of trauma to the skin like an accident.
Treatments for pigmentation
There are numerous treatment options which we shall briefly look into in the following lines.
These are quite often the first kind of treatment that many doctors recommend. The creams works on the principle of inhibiting the production of melanin so that the pigmentation can be controlled. For this purpose, numerous different ingredients may be used. These creams commonly include azelaic acid, kojic acid and hydroquinone amongst others.
The creams mostly have very little side effects. Results take time and the treatment may be continued for months to get the eventual outcome. It is important that a dermatologist prescribes these creams since not all creams work the same way and difference in skin types too need to be kept in mind.
Laser treatment for pigmentation works by breaking down the pigmentation into smaller bits to allow the body to remove it. This works by setting the laser at specific wavelengths where is bypasses the top layers of the skin and works at a deeper level, heating and breaking down the pigmentation. It is a highly effective treatment option.
A cooling gel is applied to counter any discomfort felt during the procedure. Side effects are limited to redness, itching, swelling and photosensitivity. There is no downtime and routine can be continued. Since the treatment is noninvasive, it has to be repeated a few times to achieve the intended outcome.
The treatment uses tiny crystals that are sprayed on to the skin for the purpose of exfoliating it with the help of a handheld device. The skin gets injured and the healing process starts right away. The new skin that comes up on top has lesser presence of pigmentation. Collagen levels are also boosted which make the skin better by firming it up.
To completely get rid of the pigmentation, several microdermabrasion sessions are needed. Side effects are mild and temporary and there is no downtime involved. There is very little sensation of pain and it can be countered by applying topical anesthetics before the treatment.
These are acidic solutions that are available in drugstores without a prescription. These are applied to the cleansed skin and left in place for some time. It resurfaces the skin and helps in getting rid of the pigmentation. The collagen levels also get a boost and skin gets suppler.
Peels come in different strengths and their side effects and downtime vary depending on the strength. Superficial and medium peels have little issues though deep peels are very severe and can have serious side effects and downtime. The treatment is performed under topical or local anesthesia.
While it is quite possible to apply these chemical peels at home, it is better to leave the job to the professionals at a proper setting. There is always a risk of skin burning if the job is done by an amateur and it is best not to take the chance.
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
IPL uses a broad spectrum light in very specific wavelengths for the purpose of correcting the skin issues including pigmentation. The light heats up the melanin and breaks it down for the body to remove it on its own. It is a highly effective treatment. Since the light is set at specific wavelengths, the skin in the nearby area is left mostly unaffected.
The treatment has to be repeated a few times to completely get rid of the pigmentation. Cooling gel is applied to take care of any pain caused by the treatment before starting it. Side effects are minimal and there is no downtime with this noninvasive treatment.
To learn more about the Pigmentation Treatment in Dubai or to schedule a procedure, please visit us at Laser Skin Care. Alternatively, you can set up for a free online consultation simply by taking a minute to fill in the form given below.
Please note that we advise cosmetic procedures to be availed only for therapeutic or reconstructive reasons. If you have any symptoms of pain that persist after the treatment, we strongly advise that you see your doctor.