In Colorado we are all subject to uneven skin tone, "age spots", "sun spots," post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation, and other discolorations. These are all hallmark signs of sun damaged and premature aging skin. Some say discoloration is the new wrinkle. Brightening your skin can instantly make you look younger and rejuvenated. There are many options for brightening. With the summer months over and with the colder months ahead, this is the perfect time of year to focus on correcting damage caused during the hotter months. Prolonged sun exposure can worsen discolorations and accelerate aging.
There are many options to consider. Talk with your nurse aesthetician to decide what products and treatment are best for your skin type and concerns. Here are several of the common treatments available.
Topical skin brighteners include hydroquinone, vitamin C (Asorbic acid), azelaic acid, tretinoin (rentin-A or retinol), and kojic acid. These usually take around one month to notice a change. I suggest you incorporate one product into your evening routine for maintenance. Remember, not all products are created equal. We would love to help you choose the best products for your skin care goals.
Chemical peels can give you immediate brightening effects with no downtime. There are several different types of chemical peels. Generally I recommend a mild peel for beginners and work you up over several treatments to the stronger options. Work with your nurse aesthetician to decide which peel is best for you.
Light emitting diode (LED) light therapy brightens on a cellular. Will take many treatments to really notice a difference. This is a great treatment to add to other treatments like facials.
Micro-needling works by tricking your skin into healing damaged skin. To get the results you desire 3-5 treatments are recommended. Add PRP more dramatic results.
Lasers are the fastest option. There are many types of treatments but IPL is the treatment that is most well known. The lights in the lasers are designed to target specific colors. These treatments can require a down time. 1-3 treatments are usually required.
There it is friends. A very brief guide to the brightening treatments available. Hope this inspires you to learn more about the different options. We would love to help you decide which option is best for you.