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Skin Discoloration

Looking to brighten up your skin this winter? One mode of treatment may not be enough. Effective treatment for hyperpigmentation includes clinical procedures combined with a daily skin care regimen at home. Over time, this combination will reduce the appearance of discoloration and minimize its reoccurrence.

Types of hyperpigmentation:

Freckles: genetic condition. Appears anywhere on body, predominately on face.

Melasma: hormonally-induced. Most commonly occurs on face and is generally symmetrical with defined edges. Sometimes called butterfly mask.

Actinic keratoses: occurs on any part of the body where skin has been overexposed to UV and is considered precancerous. May be flat or raised, red or brown in color.

Sun spots/Solar lentigines: Occurs anywhere on body that has been exposed to UV. May be flat and irregular.

Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH): Caused by post acne marks.

We provide chemical peels in office. Chemical peels reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, smooth skin texture and improve the overall tone. A solution is applied to the skin to resurface the outer layer. Over the next week – post treatment, your skin may begin to slough off, revealing a brighter complexion. Chemical peels vary in strength and which one used will be determined by a skin care professional. The number of treatments will vary based on your skin care concerns.

Daily regimens may be long and require continued use, but when compliant, studies show noticeable results within 12 weeks. SkinCeuticals antioxidants provide broad-range environmental protection against UVA/UVB and pollution. Phloretin CF is our antioxidant of choice for hyperpigmentation. Found in the peel of green apples, Phloretin CF inhibits excess melanin production, so it gives you that extra protection alongside your broad spectrum SPF. This treatment is to be used in the morning after cleansing your face.

With SkinCeuticals newest product, Discoloration Defense, you may see results in as little as 2 weeks. This treatment is hydroquinone-free and formulated for hard-to-treat discoloration, including post-acne marks and melasma. Its active ingredients provide a multi-mode mechanism of action to address multiple triggers of hyperpigmentation within the skin. With continued use, Discoloration Defense minimizes the reoccurrence of discoloration. This treatment is to be used in the morning and evening after cleansing and antioxidant.

Topical retinols are recommended to improve visible signs of aging and dark spots. SkinCeuticals Retinol creams utilizes a time-released system which minimizes erythema, commonly associated with retinol use. The soothing, anti-inflammatory cream eliminates the need for additional moisturizer in the evening. This formula will not clog pores and helps prevent formation of whiteheads and blackheads. This treatment is to be used in the evening, after cleansing and before your nighttime antioxidant. You will need to titrate incorporating a retinol into your skincare regime. Start using twice weekly, then progress to more as you become more tolerant to the product. Light peeling/flaking and temporary redness is normal.

It is imperative when beginning an effective discoloration regimen, you use a broad spectrum 30+ SPF. We have sunscreens available for all skin types for daily use.

Plan Your Fall Chemical Peel

Summer is a fun, favorite time of year for all of us. From beach vacations, pool parties, backyard barbecues, and simply having more hours of daylight to enjoy the outdoors are some of the wonderful ways we enjoy summer and make wonderful memories. Try as we might to load up on sunscreen, wear large brimmed hat and sunglasses, our skin can still experience cellular damage. UVA rays can cause damage to the skin membrane, UVB rays damage the DNA of the cells and IR-A damages the mitochondria. Unfortunately, the SPF (sun protection factor) number of a sunscreen indicates only the level of protection from the UVB rays and UVA rays are 50 times more prevalent than UVB rays. They penetrate deeply into the skin cell layers damaging collagen and cells. It is very likely that some of these dangerous rays took a negative toll on our skin over the course of the summer months. Thankfully, there are ways we can correct some of the damage and prevent the unwanted photo-aging. The use of topical cosmeceuticals can rejuvenate the skin, growth factors help support the skin’s natural ability to support itself and anti-oxidants are free radical scavengers and help fight the signs of aging. In-office chemical peels are a must for reversing the damage and photo aging process. I recommend that all of my clients have a single chemical peel or series of peels at this time of year to correct sun damage. Chemical peels come in several different strengths. A treatment plan can be customized for each person based on their skin type, concerns, level of damage and desired outcome. Sometimes results can be achieved with a single peel, other times a series of two to three peels are necessary to work on more stubborn or deeper issues. I would encourage everyone to start planning now for their chemical peels. Minimal downtime can be expected post procedure. The skin will start off pink the day of the peel and will be very tight until peeling starts, generally 48 to 72 hours after the procedure, and can last 2 to 5 days. I would recommend looking ahead at your schedule and setting up a time to accommodate this process since it’s not too early to plan your fall skin rejuvenation. If you are unsure what your skin needs, please call 865-218-6210 to set up a complementary consultation.

DERMAPLANING BLOG

By Rebecca Ludwig

Dermaplaning is a client favorite as well as a personal favorite of mine for many reasons.  I call it an instant gratification service, and recommend it before any special event.  The main intention for dermaplaning is to allow better penetration of products, masks, treatments, or peels.  For this reason I perform dermaplaning as part of a full facial treatment.  The technique of dermaplaning involves using a surgical scalpel to ablate the surface layers of dead skin cells and vellus hair. All of the accumulated dry dead flaky skin cells are removed, improving the texture of the skin.  The vellus hair is the peach fuzz that many of us experience in certain areas or all over our faces.  By removing this fuzz the skin looks dramatically brighter.  Dermaplaning is a great option for many clients who are unable to use other methods of hair removal, such as waxing or depilatory creams, due to contraindications from topical cosmeceutical products, such as tretinoin, retinoic acid, retinal, etc. Dermplaning can be performed prior to facial peeling to improve the outcome of the facial peel.  Moisturizes, antioxidants, and humectants are easily absorbed post dermaplaning, leaving the skin feeling baby soft. Treatments are typically repeated every four weeks.  Step it Up with The Lucas Center, give us a call at 865.218.6210 today.

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