FOR hy­per­pig­men­ta­tion

ELLE (Canada) - - BEAUTY -

WHAT IT IS:

You may have heard of Pi­co­sure from friends look­ing to re­move a re­gret­table tat­too. While that was the laser’s orig­i­nal pur­pose, it is also an ef­fec­tive method for re­mov­ing hy­per­pig­men­ta­tion. The best part: It’s safe for peo­ple of colour. Pi­co­sure works by me­chan­i­cally dis­rupt­ing pig­ment—think of a vi­bra­tion—un­like other lasers that use heat and can ac­tu­ally cause hy­per­pig­men­ta­tion in deeper skin tones. This process sig­nals the cre­ation of new col­la­gen deep in the skin and has been shown to im­prove acne scar­ring, fine lines and over­all skin tex­ture. It’s also a “lunchtime” treat­ment, mean­ing there’s no anaes­thetic used and you can quickly get on with your day post-pro­ce­dure.

WHAT IT FEELS LIKE:

I am prone to red­ness (see right), but that’s not my only af­flic­tion: A life­time of acne has left me with sig­nif­i­cant scar­ring and hy­per­pig­men­ta­tion. Since I have no ac­tive acne, Dr. Diane Wong, owner and med­i­cal di­rec­tor of Glow Medi Spas in On­tario, sug­gests that I start with Pi­co­sure be­fore mov­ing on to in­tense pulsed light (IPL) laser. While both lasers help with hy­per­pig­men­ta­tion and will im­prove the over­all ap­pear­ance of my skin, Wong says that the ef­fects are more sig­nif­i­cant with Pi­co­sure. “One of the few things it doesn’t treat is red­ness, and that is where the IPL can help,” she ex­plains. I ab­stain from all ac­tive skin­care in­gre­di­ents (retinols, acids and the like) for two weeks be­fore my treat­ment. When it comes time for the laser, I am of­fered a hose that blasts a cool stream of air at my face, and I find the ex­pe­ri­ence to be pain­less. Post-treat­ment, I do get a few pim­ple-like bumps, which I’m told can hap­pen with oily skin types, but they re­solve within a few days.

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