Pigmentation Changes Caused by Acne
Pigmentary changes or discoloration of the skin following a healed acne lesion or a healing acne lesion are different than acne scars. This pigmentation change is caused by an overproduction of melanin (produced by melanocytes) as a reaction to the inflammation (acne). In some cases, the pigmentary change may fade unassisted. In other cases, it persists, and individuals tend to seek treatment.
WHAT PEAU CAN DO FOR YOUR PIGMENTATION CHANGES
IPL (Intense Pulsed light) for Pigmentation
Laser Resurfacing for Pigmentation Changes: Laser Skin Peel
Pulsed Dye Laser for Pigmentation Changes (VBEAM Perfecta)
Microdermabrasion for Pigmentation Changes
IPL is an innovative, non-invasive rejuvenation technique which involves pulsations of light passing through the skin. It is non-ablative; meaning no skin is removed.
- The treatment involves directing energy to the over-producing melanocytes thereby “disabling” them and resulting in “normal” production of melanin.
- The light penetrates the skin without harming the surrounding tissue and without disruption on the skin’s surface.
- The treatment provokes the production of collagen which stimulates a healing response and a new foundation for the skin.
- Benefits include the smoothing of fine lines and wrinkles, a smoother, more refined complexion, and a reduction in pore size.
PEAU’s laser skin resurfacing technology has become the Gold Standard within the cosmetic dermatology field. The procedure is a very precise, controlled, dermatologist administered treatment where thin sections of skin are removed, layer by layer.
- The physician uses a controlled beam of energy allowing for exact penetration of depth into the dermis in a safe and predictable manner.
- The treated areas begin a regeneration process, resulting in re-growth, healing, and smoother, more even skin.
- This treatment is highly technique dependant; it is the specialist dermatologist’s skill and experience that are fundamental to its safety and success.
- It is most widely used as a treatment for the face but can be done on the neck, chest and back as well.
Cosmetic enhancement with a Pro-Fractional laser treatment can dramatically improve pigmentation changes caused by acne with little-to-no downtime thanks to its revolutionary fractionated technology:
This great advancement allows for just a few days’ healing time and produces excellent results.
- The fractional laser technique is designed to target specific portions of damaged tissue.
- By creating microscopic “wounds” within the targeted areas, the treatment triggers the body’s natural healing process accelerating the production of collagen and new, healthy skin cells.
- The fractional laser resurfacing technology leaves the surrounding tissue unaffected and intact allowing your skin to heal much faster than if the entire skin surface were treated at once.
Essentially, the discoloration of the skin following an inflammatory wound (acne in this context) is an excess of skin pigment melanin (the protein in skin that gives it its color). It is a flat area of discoloration on the skin.
- The revolutionary pulsed dye laser works by producing a bright beam of light which is selectively absorbed by the pigmented skin.
- The beam of light targets the pigmented spots without damaging the tissue surrounding them.
- The cooling enhances patient comfort. It also enhances patient safety by reducing the risk of pigmentary changes, blistering and purpura.
Skincare Regime for Pigmentation Changes Caused by Acne
There is an array of over the counter and prescription creams, ointments, and medications available for the treatment of pigmentation changes caused by acne. Following a consultation, a skin care regime will be recommended by the dermatologist, possibly in conjunction with one or more treatments.
- It is crucial to use protective sunscreen to avoid further darkening or discoloration.
- There are a number of lightening and fading agents available on the market; it is strongly recommended that you consult with a specialist dermatologist before initiating treatment.
Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive technique that works on the top layer of the skin (the epidermis). The procedure exfoliates the skin by essentially removing dead skin cells with an ultrasonic applicator. Accumulations of pigment and can be smoothed and evened through a series of sessions.
PEAU’S technology is painless and safe, and does not require a topical anaesthetic. It is suitable for all skin types and colors. PEAU’s state-of-art equipment is a technological advancement, a wet peel, that is not abrasive and works well on sensitive skin.
- It does not use messy and harsh crystals or other particulates.
- The technology is gentle enough for all skin types, including inflamed, sensitive, rosacea, couperose and acneic skin.
- The procedure delivers an even exfoliation.
- The moisturizing function, specific to this technology, boosts hydration levels and leaves the skin soft and supple.