With just the right type of laser or Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) technology, suitable hairs can be superheated and permanently removed. The target of the light is the pigment in the hair. The ideal candidate is a patient with fair skin and dark, coarse hair. With the latest technology, all skin types can be treated; however, more treatments may be required for patients with darker skin. Removing hairs that are white, gray, blond, or that are fine is a challenge.
Ethnic skin is a term used to indicate a person with olive or darker skin who tans easily. Patients with dark skin often display fewer signs of aging than similarly sun-exposed whites and, therefore, may require a different approach. Medical advances in dermatology have made it possible for people with darker skin types to benefit from many cosmetic procedures that were formerly only available to lighter-skinned patients.Some of available procedures that can be done for ethnic skin are as follows:Botulinum toxin injection (Botox®) Microdermabrasion Chemical peels Injectable fillers Many laser treatments (eg, laser hair removal)
Pseudofolliculitis barbae is commonly known as razor bumps or shaving bumps, and it is a more severe form of the condition known as razor burn. Razor bumps tend to affect men with curved or curly facial hair; when the facial hair is cut off at the surface during shaving, it may curl back into the skin as it grows out, causing a small, tender bump. The bumps are not infected (if the bump becomes infected, it is called folliculitis barbae), but they are irritated. Treatment of razor bumps involves allowing the inflammation to settle down, which may simply involve not shaving for a while to allow the bumps to go away. Your doctor may also be able to prescribe a cream to help the inflammation. A "close shave" increases the risk of getting razor bumps, so if you are prone to this condition you should minimize frequency of shaving and avoid close shaving. Allowing razor bumps to go untreated may result in scarring, which is difficult to treat.
Despite our best efforts, there are some skin conditions that invariably get worse in the summer. I fully understand why many of my patients come to dread the summer as a time of frustration. Maybe you can relate? They spend fall, winter, and spring clearing their skin and then watch it worsen during the summer despite their best efforts to wear hats and sunscreen. Part of the problem is due to our busy lifestyles and the increase in sun exposure during the summer months. I tell my patients they don’t have to despair; there are actions they, and you, can take beyond sunscreen and hats that will help minimize the effects of skin conditions that worsen in the summer.
Unwanted hair can put a damper on your holiday fun. Laser hair removal is the gift that keeps on giving. Be sure to consult your dermatologist before deciding on this procedure.
Earlier this year I wrote posts that addressed the various options available for treating hyperpigmentation (chemical peels, microdermabrasion, and over-the-counter products). My last post, Laser Therapy 101: Cleaning Up Summer Fun, described laser therapy as an option for treating skin with dark spots and scars made worse by sun damage. But what about dark spots caused by hair growth and our attempts to remove unwanted hair? My next big topic for Laser Therapy 101 is using lasers to remove unwanted or excess hair as well as treat hyperpigmentation and scarring from ingrown hairs caused by shaving (pseudofolliculitis barbae).
Over the past 5 years, I’ve watched laser hair removal increase in popularity. As laser hair removal becomes more common, there are some important things about this procedure I feel you should know.
The right laser has the ability to treat dark spots, remove hair, smooth your complexion and even erase visible facial blood vessels. Lasers are usually non-invasive so there is minimal wound care and no down time. With all the beneficial features laser therapy offers, it’s not surprising that there continues to be an exploding consumer demand for the technology. Yet many people don’t realize that whenever you have any type of laser therapy, there is always a risk of developing complications such as burns, scars, discoloration, or an infection.
Imagine the carefree feeling of being beach-ready all year. With the information I shared last year on laser therapy and the information I’m about to share here on summer skin, that carefree feeling is definitely possible for you to achieve this year! Last November I wrote the second in a series of posts on laser therapy. The beginning of summertime and warmer weather provides the perfect opportunity to wrap up the series on laser therapy and at the same time introduce a new series of posts I call Summer Skin Fitness.
The holiday season is upon us! Twelve Days of Dermatology. This year we at Skinsight would like to bring you the Twelve Days of Cosmetic Products & Procedures. Each day we will be discussing a different procedure that you may or may not have heard of. You may even want to put these on your cosmetic wish list for Santa! Seasons Greetings from the Skinsight Team.
Even though summer is over, chances are your skin still shows evidence of summer fun. Autumn is the ideal time to do some housekeeping for your skin. In the spirit of the new school year, I am going to explain various in-office laser procedures capable of cleaning up the effects of summer sun. Think of this post as Laser Therapy 101.