Going to the beach can be an emotional dilemma for many people. While they want to spend a day soaking up the summer sunshine and swimming in the water, they don’t want to wear a bathing suit in front of so many strangers. The situation brings out deep-seated insecurities and anxieties. The negative feelings can be so overwhelming that it ruins the entire experience.
If you find that you spend most of your time at the beach hiding underneath layers of thick clothing or counting down the minutes until you can leave, you should check to see if laser skin treatments can make beach days easier to enjoy. Read below to find out how laser skin treatments can alleviate physical conditions like rosacea, adult acne and excessive body hair.
Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that affects the face. At first glance, a mild case of rosacea can look like the person is blushing. More severe cases will have pus-filled pimples, enlarged blood vessels, irritated eyes and dry patches of skin. Common symptoms of flare-ups are itching, burning and stinging.
If you have rosacea, you might have a hard time planning a trip to the beach because the location could trigger a flare-up. For one, sun exposure can stimulate the blood vessels and cause the skin to flush within minutes. To prevent a flare-up, you should wear sun protection like a gentle fragrance-free sunscreen and a wide-brimmed sun hat.
The summer heat can be another trigger. Plan your beach day when the weather isn’t overly hot. Stay in the shade of a beach umbrella and drink plenty of water to stay cool.
You can also go to a laser skin clinic in downtown Toronto to treat the dermatological condition with a VBeam Laser. The treatment is quick, painless and much more cost-effective than treatment methods like IPL photo facials. The laser destroys excess blood vessels, making the skin appear noticeably clearer after a single session. The average patient goes through three to four sessions until they get the desired results.
Summer is also a rough time for people who suffer from acne. The hot temperatures cause you to sweat more than usual, which traps oil in your pores and influences more breakouts. You may feel reluctant to wear a bathing suit that exposes every bump and scar.
You can’t control the summer weather, but you can try to reduce the amount of oil that gets trapped in your pores. Use blotting paper or a clean towel to dab away sweat. When you wash your face, use a gentle cleanser and warm water.
If you’re worried about sunscreen causing an acne flare-up, don’t skip it. A sunburn won’t make your acne feel any better. The Canadian Dermatology Association has a list of recognized sunscreens that have a low chance of causing irritation. So, you can protect yourself from harmful sun damage without worrying about breakouts.
A long-term solution for your chronic acne is laser and light-based treatment. You can click here to find out how we can help alleviate the signs and symptoms of your stubborn skin condition. Many of the patients that come to the clinic have spent years using cleansers, creams and medications on their skin without satisfying results.
Excessive Body Hair
You might not have an issue with your body hair until summer rolls around. It’s hard to hide body hair when you’re wearing shorts, t-shirts and sandals — and even harder when you’re wearing a bathing suit. Most swimwear will put the hair on your back, stomach, chest and shoulders on display.
If you’re insecure about your body hair, you can try hair removal. Every hair removal method has its own unique benefits and problems. Shaving is popular because it’s cheap, quick and relatively painless. The problem is that the smooth results only last for a few days, depending on the person’s hair growth. It takes routine shaving to keep the stubble at bay. It can also come with some unpleasant consequences like ingrown hairs and razor burn.
Depilatories will have slightly longer results than shaving, lasting a week or so. Waxing results tend to last for three to six weeks.
If the body hair is easy-to-reach and you don’t mind the routine maintenance, then these at-home methods will be fine for you. They’re not as convenient if the hair is in a spot that’s hard to reach or see, like your back.
If you want long-term results, the ideal option is laser hair removal. With enough sessions, you can stop the growth of stubborn body hair so that you don’t have to worry about razors, creams and wax strips again. The average patient is happy with the results of the treatment between five and seven sessions.
One of the myths of laser hair removal is that it’s not as safe as other hair removal methods like waxing and plucking. Laser hair removal is approved by Health Canada and the FDA. As with any medical/cosmetic treatment, it should be performed by trained and trusted professionals. Baywood Clinic is owned and operated by licensed physicians and surgeons. Our experts have performed thousands of procedures since we opened in 2001.
Another misconception about laser hair removal is that it is too expensive to get. While a treatment session will not be as cheap as a razor, the cost is not out-of-reach. We have affordable prices for high-quality results. If you’re interested in undergoing laser hair removal, schedule a complimentary consultation to get your questions answered and discuss the details of your treatment plan.
We can also help with other problems that could bother you during beach trips like excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) or unwanted tattoos. Look through our website to learn more about the services that we offer so you can find the right treatment for your skin and get the outcome you’re hoping for.
Don’t let discomfort and insecurity ruin your trips to the beach anymore. You should be spending your day swimming in the water or relaxing on a lounge chair, not hiding your skin from onlookers or worrying about flare-ups. Here at Baywood Clinic, we can help you enjoy your vacation — as you should.