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By Dawson Dermatology
September 07, 2018
Category: Skin Condition
Tags: Rosacea   Sunspots   Hyperpigmentation  

Irritated SkinYou see sun spots on your face, or are they age spots? Either way, you want them gone. Your board-certified dermatologists in Honolulu, HI - Dr. Kevin Dawson, Dr. Douglas Chun, and Dr. Sarah Grekin - treat skin issues such as hyperpigmentation with the innovative IPL laser. Using comfortable, quick photorejuvenation treatments with no downtime, the team at Dawson Dermatology helps people achieve a renewed, refreshed, and spot-free facial appearance.

Causes of hyperpigmentation

Sun, acne, and age are all factors in hyperpigmentation on the face and neck. Unfortunately, other conditions, such as excessive hair and the redness and broken blood vessels characteristic of rosacea, produce additional skin mottling.

At Dawson Dermatology in Honolulu, your dermatologist will carefully examine your skin to determine the exact nature of your dark spots. People of all ages, skin colors, and walks of life are often good candidates for IPL treatments. Removing unwanted hair, pigment spots, redness, spider veins, and more, the IPL laser produces amazing results in a series of simple, in-office treatments, and the results last.

How IPL laser treatments work

IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light. Using a handheld instrument, Dr. Dawson, Dr. Chun, or Dr. Grekin deliver short bursts of focused light to targeted areas of the skin. There's a slight feeling of heat, and patients may experience a mild stinging sensation. These discomforts are very mild because the doctor first applied an anesthetic cream to the skin before beginning treatment.

Patients resume normal activities of daily living right away, seeing only some mild redness and/or bruising for a few days afterward.

The areas of hyperpigmentation take a few days to a week to fade and peel off. However, makeup can be worn right away, and people should avoid excessive sun exposure.

Newer, smoother, beautiful skin

It can be yours with innovative IPL skin treatments from your friends at Dawson Dermatology. Voted Honolulu Magazine's Top Doctors, Dr. Dawson, Dr. Chun and Dr. Grekin will help you feel good about your skin again. Call the office today for your personal consultation: (808) 599-3780.

By Dawson Dermatology
August 01, 2017
Category: Skin Condition
Tags: Rosacea  

Rosacea is a chronic skin condition of the face that affects an estimated 16 million Americans. Because rosacea is frequently misdiagnosed and confused with acne, sunburn or eye irritation, a large percentage of people suffering from rosacea fail to seek medical help due to lack of awareness.  It’s important to understand the warning signs of rosacea and need for treatment to make the necessary lifestyle changes and prevent the disorder from becoming progressively severe.

Although the exact cause of rosacea is unknown, you may be more susceptible to rosacea if:

  • You are fair-skinned
  • You blush easily
  • You are female
  • You have a family history of rosacea
  • You are between the ages of 30 and 50

A frequent source of social embarrassment, for many people rosacea affects more than just the face. Rosacea is a chronic skin disease, which means it lasts for a lifetime. Learning what triggers your rosacea is an important way to reduce flare-ups and manage symptoms. This may include avoiding stress, too much sunlight, heavy exercise, extreme temperatures and certain foods or beverages.

What Are the Symptoms of Rosacea?

Rosacea frequently causes the cheeks to have a flushed or red appearance. The longer rosacea goes untreated, the higher the potential for permanent redness of the cheeks, nose and forehead. Symptoms of rosacea will not be the same for every person. Common symptoms include:

  • Facial burning and stinging
  • Facial flushing and blush that evolves to persistent redness
  • Redness on the cheeks, nose, chin or forehead
  • Small, visible broken blood vessels on the face
  • Acne-like breakouts on the face
  • Watery or irritated eyes

If you recognize any of the warning signs of rosacea, visit your dermatologist for a proper diagnosis. A dermatologist will examine your skin for common warning signs and tailor a treatment plan for your unique condition. Treatment will vary for each individual, ranging from topical medicine, antibiotics and lasers or light treatment. While there is currently no cure, with proper management patients can learn how to avoid triggers, prevent flare-ups and manage their condition to live a healthy, active life.