Skin discoloration is a fairly common problem, and there are a variety of procedures to help combat it.
Our team of experts at the Calabasas Dermatology Center can prescribe products to treat this ailment or offer high tech procedures to improve skin discoloration.
Bleaching creams, or brighteners, are applied directly to the trouble spots. Creams contain an ingredient called hydroquinone, which reduces the color-causing melanin that skin produces naturally. (Melanin also provides the skin with UV protection, so be sure to see your dermatologist for the best cream option).
Microneedling uses a small device with extremely small short needles that pierce the skin to create micro-traumas deeper in the skin. We apply topical numbing cream first to make it very tolerable, and sometimes apply a cream afterwards to enhance penetration of pigment reducing chemicals.
Intense Pulsed Light treatment, also known as a "fotofacial", is a great procedure that treats discoloration as well as other signs of aging. Our specialists prep your skin with a cooling gel and send light pulses through a prism onto the target area. IPL is a gradual process; however it has minimal downtime and the results can last for years. Our M22 device by Lumenis offers a dual treatment of IPL with ResurFX laser, if indicated, to help reduce hyperpigmentation even faster than before.
We utilize a variety of chemical peels at the Calabasas Dermatology Center to help revive skin as well. Peels typically combine intense exfoliation with alpha-hydroxy application to fight all signs of aging. The intensity of a peel can be easily altered; the deeper the peel the more dramatic the results. Peels typically increase your skin's sensitivity, especially to sunlight, for a period of time as well.
Most skin discoloration is harmless, but if you notice discolored spots you should consult one of our highly trained dermatologists right away to rule out skin cancer. Click here to learn about the causes and risk factors for skin cancer and whether your skin discoloration puts you at risk. Because of the variety of treatments available with the team of skincare professionals at the Calabasas Dermatology Center, skin discoloration is something you don't have to live with for much longer.
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