Can IPL Treatment Help Rid Skin of Hyperpigmentation?

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Hyperpigmentation occurs when a small patch of skin becomes darker in color than the surrounding area. If you feel self-conscious about your complexion and are in the Greater Houston area, intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy at Clear Lake Dermatology may help. Also called a photofacial, IPL therapy uses laser energy to target and minimize dark spots.

Clear Lake Dermatology is proud to offer cutting-edge technologies like the Lumenis® M22 to achieve even-toned skin. Call our Webster and League City, TX team members to schedule an appointment and learn how a photofacial can help you achieve a more radiant, healthy appearance.

What are the common causes of hyperpigmentation?

Age spots, freckles, and sun-damaged skin are all forms of hyperpigmentation. These issues occur when excess melanin, the pigment which gives us our natural coloring, accumulates. Sun exposure is one of the most common causes of hyperpigmentation, as it increases melanin production.

Drugstore products may promise to lighten dark spots, but they often contain harsh chemicals that damage sensitive skin. Some creams and serums are not designed for your particular skin type. IPL therapy is a safer and far more effective treatment.

How does IPL treatment address hyperpigmentation?

IPL therapy uses light energy to heat and break up the excess melanin. The heat also stimulates collagen production, which works to help improve your overall skin texture and tone.

During photofacials, our specialists at Clear Lake Dermatology pass a hand-held device over the skin, emitting light pulses. The device is adjusted to the patient’s unique needs, delivering a precise and customized result.

Additional benefits of IPL therapy in Webster and League City, TX:

  • Quick treatment: Photofacial appointments are completed in as little as 30 minutes.

  • Noninvasive: No invasive procedures or incisions are required during treatments.

  • Long-lasting results: Patients achieve and maintain even-toned skin for years with regular touch-up sessions.

When to expect clearer skin

Though there is no recovery time associated with a photofacial, Clear Lake Dermatology may provide post-treatment instructions to help protect your skin from further damage. Minor side effects like redness and inflammation should subside in about a day.

About 2 – 5 days after treatment, small irregularities will rise to the surface of the skin and flake off. It is important not to pick at or scratch these areas as this could lead to scarring. Your complexion should appear brighter and more even-toned once the process is complete.

How to prevent dark spots after treatment

Limiting sun exposure is an effective way to prevent hyperpigmentation and other forms of skin discoloration in the future. When outdoors, wear hats and long sleeves, use sunscreen, and avoid direct sunlight between 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., when UV rays are strongest. A regular skin care routine that includes gentle cleansers and moisturizers can also prevent further discoloration.

We understand that dark spots cannot always be prevented, which is why patients are always welcome to call Clear Lake Dermatology for follow-up care as needed.

Ask about IPL for dark spots

Hyperpigmentation is a common concern for many individuals in the Greater Houston area. If you are interested in an effective, noninvasive way to tackle dark spots and enhance your complexion, our Webster and League City, TX practices can help. Contact Clear Lake Dermatology and discover the many benefits of IPL therapy. We're confident you will love your results!

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.