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How Hydrafacial Can Treat 2 Common Skin Conditions

What is HydraFacial?

The award-winning HydraFacial is globally renowned as the ultimate deep-cleansing and ‘glow-up’ skin treatment. It rejuvenates and immediately refreshes your skin through a personalised combination of exfoliation, active ingredients, lymphatic sculpting, and light therapy.

Offering six treatments in one, HydraFacial reveals healthier, glowing, revitalised, and radiant skin. This beloved treatment is suitable for all concerns and skin types on your face, scalp, and body.

HydraFacial is a treatment that can benefit everyone because nearly every aspect of this renowned treatment can be adjusted and personalised to meet your unique needs. This includes levels of exfoliation, extraction requirements, and the choice of nourishing boosters formulated to address specific skin concerns. Read on to find out how this revolutionary treatment can help those with pigmentation and blackheads.

 

Hydrafacial For Pigmentation

Dark marks on the skin, known as hyperpigmentation, can manifest on various parts of the body, but they are most commonly observed on the face due to the frequent exposure of facial skin to the sun. While not necessarily a cause for concern, excessive hyperpigmentation can impact your outward appearance and potentially have a knock-on effect on your confidence and self-esteem. Amidst the myriad facial treatments available, opting for a HydraFacial that includes a pigmentation-busting booster can be a good choice to effectively reduce the appearance of dark spots in a gentle, gradual, non-invasive manner and without downtime. At The Skin to Love Clinic, we offer HydraFacial treatments to our patients, aiming to rejuvenate and restore a youthful appearance to their skin in as little as one hour.

Hydrafacial Benefits for Pigmentation:

  • Minimised look of pigmentation
  • Visibly brightened, plump and smooth skin
  • Accelerated skin surface renewal
  • Targeted boosters directly help to soften many forms of hyperpigmentation.

 

What Are the Causes of Hyperpigmentation? 

Hyperpigmentation essentially refers to patches of skin that are much darker in appearance compared to the surrounding areas. While exposure to the sun is widely known to cause these dark spots, other causes include:

 

Ageing: As you age, your skin undergoes a reduction in the production of elastin and collagen, which are key proteins for maintaining healthy, smooth, and youthful-looking skin. With the decreased production of these vital skin components and the slowing of your natural skin cell turnover, the likelihood of hyperpigmentation becoming visible increases. These patches of hyperpigmentation that we get as we age are often called liver spots but are officially named lentigos.

Age-related hyperpigmentation marks are often the result of a lifetime of sun exposure and although most pigmentary changes in your skin, such as the development of age spots, are not sinister any changes should be checked by a medical professional to make sure that they’re not something that should be treated or removed.

If you have noticed changes to your skin such as growths, or a persistent flaky patch of skin, or you suspect that there have been changes in your moles, you may wish to self-refer to our private Hertfordshire dermatology service to be seen without a long wait.

 

Hormonal changes: Sudden hormonal imbalances can also lead to the appearance of dark patches of skin on the body; commonly during pregnancy or when taking a hormonal contraceptive.

In particular, rising levels of estrogen and progesterone, especially in women, can stimulate excessive melanin production, resulting in hyperpigmentation. This type of hyperpigmentation is called melasma and should be treated with caution by your practitioner as some hyperpigmentation treatments run the risk of further stimulating melasma, making it more obvious.

At our skin clinic, we have many treatments that are signed off to treat melasma but, in our extensive experience, the safest treatment for melasma is Obagi Nu derm; not only is it really effective in reducing hyperpigmentation caused by melasma, it also has a rejuvenating effect too!

Other hormonal imbalances can be caused by illness, such as Addison’s Disease, an autoimmune disease. Please see your doctor if you have any concerns about your health.

 

Darker skin tones: Darker skin types are the most prone to hyperpigmentation issues; there are more melanocytes (pigmentation-making cells) in brown and black skin, which can easily be ‘excited’, or stimulated, by the sun’s UV rays to create more pigmentation. This excessive production often leads to hyperpigmentation patches. A common misconception is that darker skin types don’t need to worry about wearing sun cream, and whilst it’s true that lighter skin types are more prone to skin cancer because they have less of those skin-protecting melanocytes than darker skin types (yep, that’s why our darker skinned ancestors were from areas of high-sun exposure. The development of a tan on holiday, for example, is a sign that your skin has been damaged by UV rays-it’s trying to protect itself), darker skin types are more prone to hyperpigmentation because they naturally have more of the cells that produce pigment.

Please note that ALL skin types can develop skin cancer and ALL skin types can experience hyperpigmentation issues. The bottom line is we should all wear SPF.

 

Inflammation or trauma: Skin damage or injury resulting from inflammation or trauma can also stimulate your skin cells to produce more melanin, leading to the development of dark patches of skin. Over time, this type of hyperpigmentation can reduce naturally on its own, but it’s not an overnight process you’ll know if you’ve experienced this.

 

Medication: Certain medications, such as some chemotherapies, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and tetracyclines, can cause dark spots to appear. Please discuss this with your consultant who prescribed medication for you.

 

Hydrafacial for Hyperpigmentation

HydraFacials utilise a combination of various active ingredients, serums, and other solutions to cleanse, exfoliate, hydrate, and rejuvenate your skin. The initial step in addressing hyperpigmentation with HydraFacial typically involves thoroughly cleansing and gently exfoliating your skin to allow the active ingredients applied throughout the treatment to effectively penetrate your skin, rather than sitting on top of a layer of dead skin cells and unwanted debris such as a build-up of makeup.

The gentle exfoliation provided by the HydraFacial will also help the turnover of your skin cells; this is important when it comes to pigmentation because one of the ways we can help to soften some forms of hyperpigmentation is to allow those hyperpigmented cells to make their way to the surface of your skin and naturally shed.

During the exfoliation process, dead skin layers are very gently removed, revealing the radiant skin underneath, while debris is gently extracted from your pores with the specially designed HydraFacial treatment tip. Subsequently, specialised serums are applied to your face to promote skin hydration and help to break down the clusters of hyperpigmentation that amount to your dark marks. Depending on the severity of the hyperpigmentation, additional treatment types may be recommended alongside HydraFacial or, in some cases, instead of HydraFacial depending on your skin type, the depth of your hyperpigmentation, and how quickly you want to see results.

When it comes to safety, HydraFacial is highly recommended for addressing a variety of skin conditions due to its gentle and non-invasive nature, especially when compared to other facial treatments. Furthermore, HydraFacials can be safely administered on any skin type, regardless of age or specific skin concerns you may have. Consequently, the likelihood of experiencing side effects is reduced, and there is no need for downtime or recovery.

 

Hydrafacial for Blackhead Removal

Do Hydrafacials Eliminate Blackheads?

Yes! The good news is that Hydrafacials do eliminate dirt and bacteria trapped in the pores. Hydrafacials have the dual benefit of removing grime and deeply cleansing your skin’s pores. One might consider Hydrafacial treatments as one of the most effective skin care therapies for addressing blackhead removal because the exfoliation stage softens the top, dead layer of your skin which often can be found blocking your pores and then the extraction phase of the treatment does what it says on the tin-extracts debris found within your pores. With a professional HydraFacial skin treatment for blackheads, you will experience immediate results and one of the most satisfying parts of your HydraFacial treatment, besides the beautifully glowing skin, is seeing the ‘Gunkie’ at the end-all of the dead skin cells, blackheads, and build up that was on your skin before your treatment.

Check out the Gunkie at the end of this video.

 hydrafacial for blackheads

Hydrafacial Benefits for Blackheads: 

  • Top-notch exfoliating, extracting, and deep-cleansing treatment.
  • Smoothes and uneven complexion.
  • Brightens dull-looking skin with the removal of pore-blocking dead skin cells.
  • Boosters can help address oily, acne-prone skin (yes, persistent blackheads are considered an aspect of acne).

 

Want to Take the Next Step?

Don’t let pigmentation or acne hold you back. With the HydraFacial™ treatment, you can achieve smoother, healthier-looking skin, with a more even tone; this may be either on its own or in combination with other appropriate treatments. Our team of experts at The Skin to Love Clinic are here to guide you through this transformative journey and offer their recommendations for you to consider.

 Book your skincare consultation and we can discuss how we can help you on your journey to revitalised skin and a regained feeling of confidence.

Disclaimer: This blog is not to be used for diagnostic purposes. We are all unique which means that our results, recovery and suitability for any type of treatment will vary. Always seek the advice of a professional should you have any health or cosmetic concerns or to discuss treatments specifically for you.

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