Discolouration / Pigmentation Changes Caused by Acne
Pigmentary changes or discolouration of the skin following a healed acne lesion or a healing acne lesion are different than acne scars. This pigmentation change is caused by an overproduction of melanin (produced by melanocytes) as a reaction to the inflammation (acne). In some cases, the pigmentary change may fade unassisted. In other cases, it persists, and individuals tend to seek treatment.
IPL (Intense Pulsed light) for Pigmentation
Photorejuvenation / IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) for Acne
IPL or Intense Pulsed Light, also known as photorejuvenation, is an innovative, non-invasive rejuvenation technique which involves high intensity pulsations of light (not lasers) passing through the skin. It is non-ablative, meaning no skin is removed. Its benefits include, smoother, more revitalized skin, improved texture and a reduction in pore size.
This breakthrough treatment involves directing energy to the treatment area. The energy is delivered to both superficial and deep layers of the skin, sparing the epidermis (top layer).
The result is an exfoliation of damaged skin coupled with the stimulation of collagen production on the skin's surface.
The treatment can be used effectively on the face, neck, chest and hands.
It does not contain harmful UV light and is a very safe, effective and established treatment for a number of benign skin conditions.
ProFractional™ for Acne Scars
The ProFractional ™ resurfacing technology has revolutionized treatment for acne-scarred skin. Cosmetic enhancement with a ProFractional™ laser treatment can dramatically improve pigmentation changes caused by acne with little to no downtime, thanks to its revolutionary fractionated technology.
The fractional laser technique is designed to target specific portions of damaged tissue. It creates tiny channels reaching depths appropriate for correcting acne scars. The treated areas stimulate the production of collagen, plumping up the skin and smoothing the scars and irregularities in the skin.
By creating microscopic "wounds" within the targeted areas, the treatment triggers the body's natural healing process accelerating the production of collagen and new, healthy skin cells.
This technology leaves the surrounding tissue unaffected and intact, allowing your skin to heal much faster than if the entire skin surface were treated at once.
This great advancement allows for just a few days' healing time and produces excellent results.
Skincare Regime for Pigmentation Changes Caused by Acne
There is an array of over the counter and prescription creams, ointments, and medications available for the treatment of pigmentation changes caused by acne. Following a consultation, a skin care regime will be recommended by Dr. Ebrahim, possibly in conjunction with one or more treatments.
It is crucial to use protective sunscreen to avoid further darkening or discoloration.
There are a number of lightening and fading agents available on the market; it is strongly recommended that you consult with Dr. Ebrahim before initiating treatment.