“SKINFUL” – Skinful is the only treatment you require to get that dazzling look back in your life.Skin Aging makes you look older than what you really are.This treatment comprises of many different treatments in one single package.Lots of people struggle with dark pigmented skin, brown spots, uneven skin tone and melasma. Some hyper-pigmentation can be hard to get rid off, but with a strict regime of topical products including daily use of sun block and in office treatments such as chemical peels, this condition can be controlled. Pigmented lesions are areas of the skin contain especially high concentrations of melanin. They are typically caused by an excess of pigment, commonly due to sun exposure, aging, Post Inflammatory pigmentation from acne or congenital factors.
Whatever treatment you choose to correct your sun damage, a strict policy of wearing sun screen and not spending extended periods of time in the sun should be adhered to so that the pigmentation does not resurface.
Our office has a menu of products that are very powerful in helping treat hyper-pigmentation and sun spots.
An ‘at home‘ routine is recommended and the daily use of products such as hydroquinone, vitamin C, azelaic acid, peptides, anti-oxidants, glycolic acid, Vitamin A or retinol, kojic acid, licorice root extract, and green tea are all powerful aids in reducing pigmentation, repairing and lightening the skin as well as strengthening your skin.
An expert skin analysis will be given by our Aesthetician doctors and recommendation of products that are suited to your skin.
Understanding and Treating Hyper-pigmentation
Hyper-pigmentation is a very tricky issue for both practitioners and clients. Not only does tackling H.P involve doing multiple in-office treatments, it also involves a very strict daily protocol that is necessary for the client to follow to inhibit the hyper-pigmentation from resurfacing.
Melasma and hyper pigmentation is a problem for all skin types ranging from Fitzpatrick 1 (the lightest) to Fitzpatrick 6 (the darkest).
Understanding the role of melanin is essential in order to treat hyper-pigmentation.
The skin is there to protect us against environmental damage and naturally when Solar UV Radiation (UV rays) and heat reaches the skin, it responds by sending melanin to the surface to create a protective cover so we don’t disintegrate under the suns rays.
Melanin is like a coat of armor against solar damage, it absorbs UV rays, it thickens the skin (epidermal thickness) and has some anti-oxidant properties. If it were not for melanin, we could not survive on earth.
Please note that Hyper-pigmentation can also occur due to hormonal changes, medications, birth control and dermatological skin diseases.
So, choosing which treatment or peel to have your practitioner perform on your skin is not enough to solve your problem. Commitment on the part of the client is crucial. Sticking to a daily protocol/routine with the correct at home products is 60% of the battle, 40% is having the practitioner perform the treatments at their office. Protecting your skin at all times from the suns rays and using products to inhibit melanin is necessary to lighten your skin and give you an even tone. It will also slow the skin aging tremendously and that will be the greatest payback for the dedication that you have to transforming your skin.
Let’s talk Treatment Options:
Chemical Peels are a great way to speed up the desquamation process of the skin shedding function. Think of it as peeling an onion. The onions layers are brown on the outside and as you peel them away they are light, bright and the moisture balance is abundant. As we peel away those top, damaged, cornified skin cells, we reveal new, healthy, bright, undamaged hydrated skin. With the use of sunscreen daily, limited sun exposure and a good skin routine we can maintain our healthy, even skin tone.
What the peel is essentially doing is speeding up the desquamation (turn over) of the skin cells and causing just enough inflammation and ‘controlled’ damage that the skin responds by sending a message to produce new skin cells and repair the skin.
The chemical peel dissolves the lipids holding the skin cells together, softens and digests to lift up the top layers of epidermis. The stronger peels at your doctors office go deeper and lift is more layers of skin cells and have a little longer recovery time. It’s the other products that you will use daily that will really help lighten your skin over time, in conjunction with having peels to speed up the cell turn over, removing those top layers of damaged and abnormal skin cells.
This popular in office treatment is cost and time effective in mechanically lifting up the top layers of skin with little to no down time. Once again, multiple treatments spread apart and a prescribed ‘at home’ protocol is necessary for optimal results.
The Latest technology in Microdermabrasion, a non-surgical, sterile and painless technique of exfoliating and mechanically removing the topmost layer of skin. The deluxe treatment adds a specialized mask to give maximum firming benefits.
This procedure removes dead skin by gently exfoliating the skin with natural diamond chips, while also vacuuming the dead skin cells away in a sterile and controlled manner. Removing this outer layer of dead skin cells leaves a smoother texture and promotes the growth of healthy new skin cells.
I.P.L and Lasers
Intense Pulse Light and Lasers are an option. However, this depends on your Fitzpatrick type.
The doctors office or Aesthetician will be able to advise you of your Fitzpatrick and know if you are a candidate for I.P.L or Laser.
It is important that the practitioner make sure you are a good candidate as these options can cause PIH (Post Inflammatory hyper-pigmentation) if not careful.
However, as Indian skin is usually Fitzpatrick type 3 and above, we rarely recommend light-based devices as the chances of hyper-pigmentation are high.
So, to the ‘At Home’ protocol.
Of course, you know I’m going to say it. SUNSCREEN; every day. You cannot go without it, or the sunspots will come back pronto.
Also, wear hats and sunglasses at all times when out in the sun. These are very necessary if you are dedicated to having a milky, evenly toned complexion.
You will want to use agents that lighten your skin and tyrosine inhibitors that you should be using as part of your skin care routine such as :
In the beginning, you can use Hydroquinone but only for a short period of time, as it is potentially mutagenic so it cannot be used for long periods.
Hydroquinone can be obtained at the doctor’s office, up to a strength of 4% (anything stronger is not advised).
Once again, only for a short period of time.
It is wise to start your protocol BEFORE doing any treatment to make sure your skin is prepared for the treatment.
This ensures less risk of PIH. (post inflammatory hyper-pigmentation. )
CAUTION: The use of Hydroquinone, Retinol, and Vitamin C can make your skin very sensitive and if your skin gets too red or irritated just ease off for a few days until it subsides. or initially, you may only want to use it 2 days a week for the first month or so until your skin adjusts and builds a tolerance to it.
It is essential that when using retinol and hydroquinone that you always wear sunscreen as you can make your skin more vulnerable against sun damage and potentially skin cancer as you are INHIBITING the melanin which is there to protect you.