By THANISORN THAMLIKITKUL MD
Special to The Nation
Even the most vigilant among us can end up with a few unfamiliar sunspots or discoloration. Uneven skin tone occurs because frequent and prolonged exposure to sunlight causes the skin to produce more melanin, which is our skin’s defensive against the sun. The more melanin is produced, the darker your skin will become. Skin discoloration might sound harmless but it can add years to your face.
Now that the rains have started, it’s time to think about repairing the damage and enjoying some well-earned pampering.
Bleaching cream, chemical peel, lightening agent injection and lasers can do much to minimise or lighten the appearance of blotchy skin. The good news for those who are seeking a gentler and more wallet-friendly approach to the problem is the totally non-invasive cooling treatment known as the Ice Brightening Programme. The procedure involves no lasers but cool mesoporation combined with light therapy. The Ice Brightening Programme is a needle–free injector that uses safe pulses of electricity to create temporary pores that allow for vitamins and lightening agents to be transferred directly and deeply into the inner skin. The technique increases the absorption of vitamins and drugs, leaves no swelling or bruising, and is pain-free. The vitamins and drugs will also inhibit the enzyme tyrosinase, which is responsible for converting tyrosine into melanin, hence less melanin is produced. This process helps fade the dark spots and brightens skin tone.
The device is also equipped with a cooling treatment hand piece that’s applied to the skin to soothe it. The cooling system helps maintain and stabilise vitamin quality, thus enhancing the efficiency of the lightening effect. At the same time, the device delivers a specific wavelength of light to target the melanocytes, the cells that produce melanin, eventually stopping them from creating excessive pigments and bringing a youthful glow to the face.
To achieve a significantly more even skin tone, a series of treatments – twice a week for about a month – is advised. To maintain a radiant complexion, daily use of sunscreen is recommended to protect skin when you go out in the sun, especially between 11am and 3pm.