Updated: Apr 14, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major effect on our lives. Many of us are facing challenges that can be stressful and overwhelming which can negatively affect our health and wellbeing.
Stress, in particular, can have a myriad of negative effects including causing significant skin-related issues. Physiologically, when you feel stressed, your sympathetic nervous system releases stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline into your body. Cortisol causes increased oil production in your skin glands, which can lead to clogged pores and acne breakouts. Stress can also increase inflammation and dry out the skin.
We have all heard the saying when you feel good you look good, but one of our focuses at Skin Wellness is to use our medical experience to take a tailored approach to this idea, helping our patients make informed decisions on procedures that treat the skin from the inside out.
One of our favorite ways of treating the skin from within is with the BroadBand Light Laser we’ve nicknamed the BBL treatment. BroadBand Light (BBL) is the world’s most powerful intense pulsed light device on the market and we use it to treat many stress-related skin concerns. BBL treatments eliminate acne-causing bacteria, reduce inflammation and redness associated with acne and acne scars. It can also correct sun damage and sunspots, minimizing the appearance of wrinkles and blood vessels, and reducing the evidence of scars.
The BBL laser pulses through the skin’s surface, targeting a specific area in the underlying tissue. In the treatment of pigmentation, the laser causes the pigment to break down into smaller particles, before rising to the surface of the skin to flake away as part of the body’s natural healing process. As an acne, redness, and rosacea treatment, it works by using light energy to target blood vessels underneath the outer layer of skin. This triggers the body’s natural healing response, which breaks down the damaged tissue and forms new cells, resulting in clearer, more refreshed, stress-free-looking skin!
BBL Laser is a non-surgical, FDA-approved treatment that will help combat stress-related skin issues, giving you back confidence in the beautiful and supportive organ that is your body’s skin. BBL procedures should always be performed by a professional, as the treatment requires controlled amounts of intense light that could damage your skin if not administered properly. Our practitioners* at Skin Wellness MD in both Annapolis and Southern Maryland have received extensive training in the use of cosmetic lasers.
*Note: Kelly Sutter, RN, CANS, CEO and Founder of Skin Wellness MD and the lead practitioner in our Annapolis office is a Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist and holds a certification in Laser Physics. She is a member of the American Society of Lasers in Surgery and Medicine as well as the International Society of Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery Nurses.
Before & After BBL Treatment: