Is my photofacial treatment making my burn worse?
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Dark spot after burn from lip waxing
It is common for an area of the skin on which there is trauma to leave a dark spot. This is called post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH). PIH is when the skin gets darker after inflammation. And inflammation can occur from a variety of triggers such as cuts, burns, sun exposure, chemical peels, laser treatments, etc. People with darker skin are more susceptible to PIH. Sometimes PIH can trigger melasma, a condition when the skin gets darker very easily in response to sun exposure. It is best to talk to your doctor so he/she can give you specific recommendations. The use of topical products such as sunscreen, hydroquinone, vitamin C, and hydroxyl acids can help with both PIH and melasma. I recommend applying sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 with broad spectrum protection every day. Ingredients to look for include zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Good luck!
IPL and Hyperpigmentation
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- IT is hard to say without pictures. Are you dark skinned? If you are, lasers, any trauma or heat can worsen pigmentation, in this case you should use sun screen, topical hydroquinone or gentle chemical peels to remove the darkness. If you are fair, IPL will erase the spots in a few sessions, but the dark spots always get darker first before flaking off. Lastly, make sure you don't have melasma, a common cause for lip hyper pigmentation, in which case you should NEVER have any lasers. Best of luck!