Treating irregular pigmentation

Posted on 22 Feb, 2012

The most common cause of irregular pigmentation is unprotected exposure to the sun’s rays. Lighter skins may develop age spots, which can start as freckle-like patches of darkened skin; while darker skins can become uneven in tone with the appearance of lighter or darker patches.

Unfortunately, the areas of skin often most affected by uneven pigmentation are those that are most exposed to the sun, and therefore the most visible. The face, the chest, the hands and the forearms are all areas that are likely to develop these uneven patches.

Concealing age spots can be impractical and time-consuming, particularly as they are likely to worsen with time and continued exposure. IPL offers an effective alternative that will eliminate the signs of sun damage and restore a more youthful appearance to the complexion.

The intense pulses of light are absorbed by the excess melanin contained in the skin, causing the lesions to heat up. Once temperatures reach somewhere between 60 and 70°C, the pigment trapped in the skin begins to break down.

The body is able to remove the fragmented pigment, carrying it away from the affected site. The patch fades away, leaving an even skin tone in its place.