Tone and Texture
Radiance. Evenness. Brilliance. We may not know the science behind tone and texture, but we know it when we see it. At first, when we’re younger, we struggle with acne or eczema. As we age, texture may still be a problem, but it is joined by issues of discoloration and dullness—issues of skin tone. Skin becomes rough, lackluster, lax, uneven in pigmentation and brightness. The result of uneven skin tone is skin that looks older and less healthy than it may actually be.
One of our first steps in improving tone starts with prevention. “Once your skin experiences pigmentation, you’ll always have a tendency for it to occur, especially with things like melasma,” says Dr. Patricia Wexler.
From personalized sunscreen recommendations to lifestyle guidance, we counsel our patients on what they need to know to keep pigmentation at a minimum.
To improve both tone and texture, there are several different procedures we offer depending on our patient’s skin color and degree of damage. To return photodamaged skin to a place of brightness and radiance, we use a combination of product recommendations and topical prescription treatments. “We can address [lackluster complexions] with topical products such as retinol, hydroquinone, vitamin-C serums, and peptides,” Dr. Wexler says.
Exfoliation and microdermabrasion are other excellent methods we use to improve both tone and texture, as they remove dead skin while promoting collagen production.
For those with more severe cases of tone and texture difficulties (melasma, sun spots, port-wine stains, broken blood vessels) the best options we have are more invasive: “In-office procedures include intense pulse light therapy or Fraxel® DUAL laser, microdermabrasion, DermaSweep and acid peels. All of these therapies could include the use of infusion therapy with bleaching agents,” recommends Dr. Wexler.
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