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The Mean Reds

What’s a girl to do when she’s got redness, hyperpigmentation and broken capillaries that no products can fix? She leaves her skin in an expert’s hands and gets a photo facial, that’s what she does.

And so the search begins to find the magic treatment that will diminish all my hyperpigmentation from breakouts and a few broken capillaries from lord only knows what. This summer I had my first chemical peel. And while the procedure and recovery were painless aside from some major face itching (my Avene Thermal Water spray saved my skin as well as my mental state) I didn’t notice a huge difference in look of my skin. However, it heavily exfoliated my skin, which is always appreciated, and helped the antioxidant, treatment and serum products I use more effective as they can penetrate the skin more easily and make more of a difference. So that was definitely a benefit!

However, I’ve realized that I need a facial that really targets the areas of skin that have me less than pleased. I’ll be honest, I don’t have bad skin, but I want my skin to look perfect without any foundation. Go big or go home right?

My sister told me about the laser treatment IPL (intense pulsed light) and I was immediately interested after doing my research. They are ideal for people with sun damage, age spots, brown spots, facial redness and broken blood vessels.  Like I said, I’m mostly interested in acne hyperpigmentation and red blood vessels, but come on, who doesn’t want their complexion to have an extra glow? Most estheticians say that an IPL photo facial once a year is an easy and wonderful preventative step, but that if you have skin concerns (like me) that you will usually need at least three treatments. I’m hoping to get this done in the next few weeks; I will keep you posted on the results!

And remember, you can find doctors and estheticians in your area in our Expert Directory ! And if you ever have any questions, ask our amazing esthetician Michelle in Ask The Esthetician !

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3 Comments

  1. Carolyn
    Posted September 14, 2011 at 5:09 am | Permalink

    I seam to be all of those only at different times :)

  2. Posted December 4, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

    Well I honestly haven’t heard of the IPL photo facial and now i’m eager to know more about it. Any update on the results?

  3. travis
    Posted February 18, 2012 at 2:28 am | Permalink

    Certainly a very interesting article, IPL to help removing dark spots on the skin. It certainly reinforces the point that we should all be aware of the effects of sun damage and wear SPF containing products and creams when exposed to the sun to minimise the chance of pigmentation.

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