With so many products and treatments available for skin care, you may be confused on what works and for which skin conditions. Creams and exfoliation and lasers and procedures you haven’t even heard of – how do you choose the right one? Here are some of the products and procedures to help you sort out the ones that will benefit you most.
Topical creams and serums
There are many different creams and serums available to the average consumer for a variety of issues. How well they work depends on the product:
Depilatory creams are chemicals for removing unwanted hair from your skin. Inexpensive, they work well enough on a temporary basis, but can result in mild chemical burns.
Anti-Aging serums are applied to the surface of the skin. Since the skin does not absorb them down deep, they rarely produce any visible difference worth the expense of buying them.
Wrinkle creams are mostly moisturizers in a fancy bottle. By moisturizing the skin, they do “fill in” very fine wrinkles, but need to be applied daily to maintain the hydrated look.
By scrubbing away dead and damaged skin cells from the skin’s surface, healthier skin cells are revealed, making one’s skin look younger:
- Exfoliating facial washes or body scrubs can be used at home to provide a mild improvement. If you have sensitive skin, you should avoid using these as they can further irritate your skin.
- Chemical peels at a clinic can do it on a deeper level for a more noticeable improvement, but involve risk of infections and have side effects like burning skin and long recovery times.
- Microdermabrasion is another method offered in clinics using a device to rub off the surface layer of skin. While it has a shorter recovery time than a chemical peel, it still has risks and side effects involved.
There are a variety of procedures available using Medical Lasers to treat different skin conditions:
Hair removal – Targeting hair follicles, lasers remove hair for several weeks or longer.
Scar removal – Lasers can reduce or remove scars, depending on how extreme they are.
Sagging skin – Using the laser to heat the cells and encourage collagen growth results in tighter, smoother skin. Works well on mild to moderate sagging.
Wrinkles – Lasers have been used for decades to remove mild to moderate wrinkles. The results are immediately noticeable and long lasting.
Ultherapy is an option for mild wrinkles in the face and neck area. It has not yet been FDA approved for other areas and the results don’t last as long as with laser therapy. The appeal is that it is less expensive and a more comfortable treatment method.
Plastic surgery may be the only option for severe wrinkling, sagging, and scarring. While the risks are higher and the recovery time is extensive, it is also the most effective method when nothing else will work.
A few more notes
Before you seek any treatment, you really should talk to your personal doctor or dermatologist. Discuss your treatment options and associated side effects. Obtain their recommendations for a clinic with a great reputation, then make an appointment.