It seems like summer is the time of year when people start to notice their sunspots because they are spending less time in makeup and more time outdoors soaking up the sun. And although a freckle here and there is kind of cute, having a face full of sunspots can make you feel a lot older than you may want to. Luckily, Dr. Toni Stockton has a variety of treatments and products that can help to lighten your sun spots and give you back your pre-summer skin, including IPL.
How Does IPL Work?
Intense pulsed light or IPL is a common procedure that Dr. Stockton recommends for patients with a variety of skin concerns including sunspots. By using precise beams of light, PL targets the pigment in the sunspots to break them up and leaves you with more blemish-free looking skin.
Will Sun Spots Come Back?
Depending on your lifestyle — aka how much time you spend outside— your sun spots may or may not come back. We encourage all of our patients to never go outside unless they are wearing a sunscreen that is at least an SPF 30 and that contains ingredients like either titanium dioxide or zinc oxide. Additionally, we also encourage our patients to get IPL done on a fairly regular basis to help combat sunspots and other skin concerns.
When Should I Get IPL Done?
If you have summer plans to be outside all summer long or if you’re headed out of town on a beach vacation, then we may recommend that you wait to get IPL done until the end of summer. The more time you spend in the sun, the more likely you are to get more sunspots, which is why we encourage some of our patients to wait.
Regular Treatments Help
As we previously mentioned, getting IPL done on a regular basis can be a real lifesaver (and skin saver). During your initial consultation, we can help create an IPL schedule to ensure that your skin stays consistently sunspot free and smoothe.