IPL Skin Pigmentation Treatments
What is Skin Pigmentation?
Sun spots, liver spots and freckles are examples of unwanted pigmentation and are often associated with skin ageing, or over exposure to the sun or sunbeds.
Age spots start to appear from the age of 40+ when the skin is less able to regenerate. Generally posing no health risk, age spots can be unsightly and adversely affect wellbeing.
Freckling and age spots are effectively and quickly removed or lightened with Intense Pulse Light (IPL) without risk in just a few easy treatments.
At Cheshire Aesthetic Clinic, our expertise, care and technology:
- reduces areas of excess freckling
- targets, removes or reduces specific age spots and patches
- gives you a more even skin tone
How does IPL treatment work on skin pigmentation?
Cheshire Aesthetic Clinic’s Intense Pulse Light (IPL) system releases short pulses of filtered light which is readily absorbed by the high concentration of melanin found within freckles, sun spots or liver spots. This light energy heats the melanin and eradicates the melanin-rich cells.
The treated skin area will darken in the first few days after treatment and then the excess melanin sheds away.
Who is suitable for IPL laser skin pigmentation treatment?
Most people are suitable for treatment. Large, raised and dark pigmentation, dark moles and melasma cannot be treated and may need to be medically assessed.
What does IPL laser skin treatment feel like?
Treatment is mildly uncomfortable and a warm, tingling sensation not unlike sunburn may be experienced afterwards.
What does skin look like after an IPL laser treatment?
The skin may be slightly red and the pigment marks will darken and will darken before fading away.
Mandelic acid is a member of the family of AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acids), its commercial name is revealing of its natural origin, as it is found in bitter almonds (mandel = almond), as well as in apricots and peaches. Mandelic acid normalises the keratinisation process and enhances skin exfoliation.
As a result of its macromolecular structure it has a mild chemical peeling effect, which helps prevent irritations and makes it suitable for all skin types and all prototypes. It hydrates the skin, enhances cellular remodelling and reduces skin discolouration. antimicrobial action makes Mandelic acid is suitable for all skin types.
Glycolic acid is an AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) that is derived from sugar cane. It is one of the most popular anti-ageing active ingredients. Its small molecular structure – it has the smallest molecule of all AHA’s – allows penetration into skin cells.
Glycolic acid cleaves the bonds between keratinocytes on the horny layer and weakens the bonding properties the lipids that retain the skin’s dead cells, thus removing them. This results in the immediate and intense exfoliation of the horny layer, and simultaneous regeneration of cells.
The systematic use of high concentrations of Glycolic acid interacts with the fibroblast receptors, thus significantly stimulating the production of intercellular material (collagen, elastin, fibronectin, hyaluronic acid).
Lactic acid is an AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) derived from sour milk which helps to remove germs, dead cells and toxins and maintain its ideal PH factor. Similar to Glycolic Acid, Lactic is much gentler and therefore an excellent ‘stepping stone’ to stronger peels.
Lactic acid peels are best for people who have very sensitive skin that might not be able to tolerate the slightly more intense glycolic acid peels. Although lactic acid peels are gentler, they usually provide many of the same benefits as the other peels, but in a less intense version.