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Coast Dermatology and Laser Surgery Center wishes to welcome you back. We hope you have all been safe and well during this COVID-19 pandemic. We greatly appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate through these challenging times together. As the state of this public health emergency changes from day to day, we will remain focused on keeping our patients and employees safe, healthy and informed.

Our office is currently open and scheduling appointments for your cosmetic and dermatological needs. In addition, we are offering Telehealth appointments for your convenience.

Most importantly we have worked very hard implementing new protocols and additional safety measures to ensure your safety and well-being and that of our employees.

New Safety Protocols:

To welcome you back we are offering monthly specials on many of our cosmetic services through the end of the year. Call today to learn more (949) 301-8019.

Updated Hours:

Monday: 8:00am - 12:00pm / 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Tuesday: 8:00am - 12:00pm / 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Wednesday: 8:00am - 12:00pm / 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Thursday: 8:00am - 12:00pm / 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Friday: 8:00am - 12:00pm / 1:00pm - 4:30pm

Skin Discoloration: How to Treat & Prevent

With the summer season officially coming to an end, you’re probably starting to miss those long days outdoors. Spending a moderate amount of time in the sun (while using sunscreen!) is great for getting our fill of Vitamin D, but too much exposure to UV rays during the summer months can lead to signs of skin discoloration. 

If you overindulged in the sunlight and are starting to see signs of discoloration or ‘hyperpigmentation’, read on for some tips on how to minimize and how to protect from future skin damage.

What Causes Skin Discoloration?

There are several factors that can cause discoloration including hormonal changes and certain medications, but the most common reason comes from sun exposure. This can result in some parts of the skin becoming darker in color than your normal skin tone. These areas usually appear as brown spots and are a collection of pigment called melanin. Melanin is made by cells in your skin to counteract the harmful rays of the sun and is the natural skin pigment that gives us our hair, skin, and eye color.

Ways to Treat & Prevent

There are many different ways you can treat skin discoloration that includes IPL photo facials, or Intense Pulsed Light, and using medical-grade skincare products! 

IPL is similar to a laser treatment but the light is less concentrated. Where lasers use a single focused wavelength, IPL uses a broad-spectrum light source that penetrates multiple layers of skin. This type of light primarily targets the lower layers of skin (dermis) while leaving the top layers of skin (epidermis) unaffected. The light targets brown and red spots in the dermis and causes the pigment to break down into smaller particles, before rising to the surface of the skin to flake away.

When choosing skincare products to help with discoloration, make sure to use products with ingredients like Vitamin C, kojic acid, and arbutin because they are natural skin brighteners. These products will leave your complexion looking bright, even, and unblemished. Here are some of our recommendations:

When it comes to preventing most skincare concerns, including hyperpigmentation, you should always remember our #1 skincare tip: sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen!! It’s important that you always wear sunscreen to not only prevent future damage, but to ensure that your current dark spots don’t get any darker. Usually the reason for this is because when the sun hits skin, the melanin absorbs the harmful UV rays usually resulting in your skin tanning which will cause already dark spots to tan more and become darker. So be sure to invest in a great sunscreen that will properly protect.

We recommend Isdin Eryfotona Ageless Tinted Sunscreen DNA Repairsomes SPF 50: this tinted mineral sunscreen offers broad-spectrum protection. The special blend of peptides and antioxidants repairs existing sun damage and fight signs of discoloration.

As always, if you have any questions about any of the above skincare products, or want to learn more about our other discoloration treatments, give us a call and make your appointment today. Our board-certified dermatologists can assist you with putting together a specialized treatment plan specific to your skincare needs.


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