Skin

Blotchy skin is a term that is used to describe uneven skin. It can be caused by sun damage, acne, rosacea, melisma, scarring or other pigmentation issues. All of these issues can result in skin that is not blemish or pigment free.

23MD Clinic has been treating blotchy skin for many years and uses a variety of treatments to clear your complexion and give you glowing healthy skin that looks and feels good.

Regardless of the cause, it is tricky condition to treat for the millions of people who suffer from it.

Historically, the gold standard for treating hyperpigmentation has been prescription strength hydroquinone, a skin-bleaching agent, which is not recommended for long-term use. There are several new botanicals in topical products that have proven effectiveness. Some of these are now found in the iS Clinical range of products that we stock –

Niacinimide

This is an ingredient used in some “cosmeceuticals,” particularly in moisturizers. It prevents small melanin particles (what turns your skin brown) from moving from the bottom layer to the top layer of the skin. It is a form of vitamin B3 that blocks the pigment pockets from moving to the skin’s surface.

Ellagic Acid

The name sounds scary, but it is actually derived from strawberries, cherries and pomegranates. It works like an antioxidant and decreases melanin production by inhibiting production of a crucial enzyme. Studies show it is better at lightening skin than some of the older known ingredients that fight hyperpigmentation like, Kojic Acid and Arbutin.

Lignin Peroxidase

Another complicated name, but this one is derived from a fungus that can break down melanin already visible on the skin. This one is not FDA approved yet, but is commercially available in over the counter products found in beauty supplies.

It’s an interesting ingredient because it uses the same technique used to lighten wood pulp to create paper. That is actually how the ingredient was discovered. Lignin is found in wood pulp and when it breaks down, it lightens wood pulp, which is also what it does to skin.

Newer methods of treating skin pigmentation include (please hyperlink those highlighted in red to the appropriate medical technologies pages)

Chemical Peels

A chemical Peel treatment uses different solutions of varying strengths to create controlled damage to the outer layer of skin. This eventually causes it to peel off, removing with it some excess oil and dirt.  For a safer and more reliable treatment, it is best that you get this professionally done under the care of a reputable clinic or doctor because certain chemicals require very careful handling.

Dermapen®Microneedling

This is a treatment where miniature crystals are sprayed all over the skin to buff it up from dried skin cells that can get lodged within the pores making it appear enlarged. A vacuum suction will then remove the dead skin cells, oils and other particles on the skin that have been sloughed off. Regular sessions will eventually result in finer pores and a more rejuvenated complexion.

Regular Maintenance and Bespoke Facials

Our specially formulated Hydrate and Glow maintenance facial has been specifically formulated to resurface and encourage cellular renewal with brightening and hydrating effects. It is especially effective when used as a maintenance facial every 4-6 weeks.  We use a mixture of IS Clinical® botanical ingredients. Our Hydrafacials have proven to be highly effective in reducing uneven skin tones and blemishes. For those who know about Hydrafacials® , 23MD has fast become know for being “the best Hydrafacials® in town”. Because of its effectiveness, many of our clients choose this as their maintenance facial every 4-6 weeks.