You should be happy with the skin you're in! But sometimes, unwanted pigmentation and discoloration can make it difficult to look and feel your absolute best.
These unwanted skin changes can appear in many different forms from freckles to large brown spots, redness and more. No matter the form these spots may take, if you are bothered by them you are not alone! Skin discoloration and pigmentation changes are among the top cosmetic concerns treated in our clinic.
Full disclosure—managing dark spots can be a bit tricky and there isn’t much that can be done to treat light spots. Why? There isn’t always a quick path to reaching the cosmetic result that you may desire. Melanocytes that cause dark spots can live deep within the layers of skin and be hard to reach. It may take a combination of treatments and products to reach the source of the discoloration. Furthermore, dark spots will likely return if the patient does not commit to a proper maintenance and skincare regimen. As for light spots, melanocytes that have been lost to damage cannot be recovered through any specific product or treatment. However, protective measures may help healthy cells and melanin return to the damaged skin naturally.
Preventing further damage is key when it comes to skin discoloration and pigmentation changes. Aside from the sun, there are many types of light that may damage your skin—including the blue light from the devices that we all use so frequently. We recommend daily use of an antioxidant-rich, non-chemical mineral-based SPF. Pay extra attention to the areas of the skin where spots are present by reapplying sunscreen often and even covering them with protective clothing when you are outside. Next, use a high-quality antioxidant cream or serum each morning. This is just another line of defense to help correct and prevent further damage. Then, we suggest the use of a retinoid cream at night. This will boost cell turnover and promote the formation of healthier cells including melanocytes. Last, there are a number of corrective topical products on the market that have been specially formulated to treat dark spots. Some products can be damaging to the skin if not used correctly. We recommend that you rely on the expertise and attention of a skincare professional before using these products.
Chemical peels are the most common treatment used for skin discoloration and pigmentation at Pure Skin. We offer a variety of peel options from trusted partners like HydraFacial® and PCA® Skin. The beauty of our peel treatments is that they can be customized in varying degrees to fit your particular needs. We will likely recommend a series of three to four treatments delivered at specific intervals. The downtime following a peel treatment can vary. Some patients experience very few outward changes while others may see skin that is flushed, darkened or flaky in the days after.
Laser treatments can be a powerful tool for dealing with skin discoloration and pigmentation. Our most frequent is Intense Pulsed Light therapy (IPL) which works by emitting light that is absorbed by darkened skin cells. This light causes the cell to die and travel to the surface of the skin where it flakes away. The skin may feel warm and be red or discolored for a few days following the procedure. It’s not uncommon to require a series of IPL sessions to achieve your desired result. Some patients choose physician-assisted Laser Skin Resurfacing. There is more downtime associated with this type of procedure but it can reach deeper layers of skin for exceptional outcomes in only one procedure.*
“Annie is wonderful! She is a very skilled provider. Pure Skin is the best. I absolutely love my results. Highly recommend.”* -Pure Skin Patient, Annie Zimmerman
“Madeline is awesome! I love my HydraFacials. Madeline does an amazing job.”* -Pure Skin Patient, Madeline Jewell
“Annie is knowledgeable about injectables. She always addresses my questions. [Single best thing is…] I am very excited about the new program to pay monthly."* -Pure Skin Patient, Annie Zimmerman
We are here to help! If you have questions about skin discoloration and pigmentation changes, our experts will happily assist you. Please call our Grand Rapids, MI office at 616-454-1256 or fill out the form below to schedule a consultation.