IPL Therapy Can Help Treat Your Sun-Damaged Skin

The answer to the sun is light.

Dry, scaly, discolored patches are telltale signs of sun damage. Maybe you missed a few spots when you were applying sunscreen, or maybe you didn’t apply it all, and now you see the effects. Depending on how severe the damage is, however, some of the symptoms of sun damage can be treated and reduced.


Dr. Michael K. Obeng at MiKO Med Spa in Beverly Hills, California helps his patients with sun damage walk away with noticeably improved skin tone and texture by using intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy. A renowned plastic surgeon and aesthetic specialist, Dr. Obeng skillfully uses IPL to treat a range of skin issues from vascular irregularities to texture and pigmentation issues. Here’s more about how the sun damages your skin and how IPL therapy can help.

How does the sun damage your skin?

How can something so beautiful, warm, and natural like the sun be bad for you? The sun gives us vitamin D, light, and heat. It’s essential for our survival. But like most things in life, too much of a good thing can be bad.


Your skin is your body’s largest organ and its job is to protect everything inside. It’s fairly resilient, but it’s not immune to external things that can damage it, and overexposure to the sun is one of those things.


Too much sun can dry out your skin and rob it of natural oils. This is why you need to keep reapplying lotions and creams. Dry skin also becomes wrinkled skin.


If you stay in the sun too long without protection, you get sunburned, a condition that most people have experienced at some point in their lives. If it’s mild, you have red skin that fades over a few days. In severe cases, you develop blisters and your skin eventually peels. Both types cause damage.


The next level is actinic keratosis, which shows up as rough, scaly, red patches that don’t go away. About 10%-15% of these patches eventually become cancerous

How does IPL therapy treat sun-damaged skin?

It’s possible for you to have sun damage without seeing the signs, but usually, it’s written all over your face, chest, and hands. Some people call them age spots or sun spots, but those are just other names for sun damage.


If you would rather not see those spots, IPL is your answer. This technology uses bursts of bright light that target melanin and capillaries under the surface of your skin and neutralizes them. The procedure diminishes brown and red spots by up to 70% and vascular lesions that cause redness by up to 75%, such as with rosacea. 


The nature of this technology also makes it difficult to use on people with naturally tan or dark skin, because there isn’t enough contrast in the pigmentation. 


Depending on the depth and severity of your skin issues, you can expect to notice some immediate improvement as well as some gradual changes over the next few weeks and months. 


When you come in for a consultation, we can help you decide how many treatment sessions you might need to reach your goals. 


After your IPL treatments, it’s important to prevent any future damage by protecting your skin with sunscreen and clothing as much as possible.

If you’re ready to clear away the signs of sun damage and start over this season with a clean slate, give us a call or request an appointment online.

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