If you have pigmentation on your face from sun damage, acne scars or other skin issues, you have options when it comes to correcting it. From topical products to medical-grade skin treatments like microdermabrasion and IPL (intense pulsed light) therapy, there are so many great products, peels, and skin procedures to help treat pigmentation on the face.
Topical Treatments for Pigmentation on Face
Hydroquinone is a prescription ingredient that helps to eliminate pigmentation on the face and works by suppressing the melanin in the skin – or the pigment that causes unwanted pigmentation. It has been the most effective ingredient to combat pigmentation for the last five decades and has withstood controversy to prove its effectiveness.
The Obagi Nu Derm system is an amazing product line with hydroquinone at its center. You can get hydroquinone in various strengths, and it is safe for all skin types. Since it does not pull all of the pigmentation out of the skin, it will not affect the shade of darker skin tones.
If you are opposed to using hydroquinone, Kojic acid is a natural alternative. It derives from mushrooms, and while it is not quite as effective as hydroquinone, it can still help to reduce pigmentation.
WIFH Skin Procedures to Treat Pigmentation on Face
Peels and microdermabrasions can also do a great job in reducing pigmentation, as they both remove the outer layers of the skin, leaving behind fresh and less pigmented skin. There are multiple types of chemical peels you can try. One of our most popular peels for pigmentation is the VI Peel with Precision Plus. It is a medium depth peel and does an amazing job of removing hyperpigmentation along with improving the skin’s overall tone and texture. If you aren’t in to peeling, microdermabrasions also work well to reduce pigmentation.
At WIFH we use DermaSweep for microdermabrasion. It utilizes bristles to abrade the skin, removing the outer layer of dead skin revealing the healthy bright skin below. The final step in our microdermabrasion is the infusion and polishing of the skin with treatment serums. When we are addressing pigmentation concerns a lighting serum combination with be infused back into the skin. With any corrective skin procedure, you will need several treatments to achieve the best results.
IPL/PhotoFacial is also a very effective skin treatment for pigmentation but is only safe for skin types I-III. IPL stands for “intense pulsed light,” and with this treatment, each pulse delivers light into your skin to target issues like brown spots, sun damage, and vascular lesions. When treating benign pigmented areas, the light is absorbed by the melanin, damaging the tissue to get rid of pigmentation. Over the next several days and up to a week after your IPL PhotoFacial, you will notice the brown spots darken in color and eventually flake off. If you have facial vessels, they should show immediate improvement with continued results over the next few weeks.
*Keep in mind that you should have a visit with your dermatologist prior to getting an IPL PhotoFacial to make sure all dark spots are benign.
It’s important to remember that part of maintaining healthy skin is using high quality, corrective skin care products and always use sunscreen. Having routine therapeutic/corrective skin treatments will also go a long way in eliminating unwanted pigmentation as well as helping to stave off the aging process. Visit WIFH today or call for a free skin care consultation to find out which treatment will work best to help you reduce your unwanted pigmentation on your face. As you can see, you have many options, and our skin specialists will work with you to create a treatment plan to meet your individual skin needs.