Comparing Ways to Treat Skin Problems
There are few things more disturbing than imperfect skin. There are, of course, more serious problems in the world. Yet, the slightest wrinkle or blemish can completely ruin your mood. Dealing with major skin problems on a daily basis can be even worse. There are many ways to treat skin problems, whether they are minor or major. Comparing them is important because it can help you to figure out which treatment you really need.
Treating your skin using non-laser peels
There are several types of non-laser peel procedures that can rejuvenate the skin and remove wrinkles and imperfections. The type of procedure you need will depends on the severity of the problem and how deep those wrinkles, scars or other blemishes go.
One peel option you have is dermabrasion, which is a process by which the skin is essentially sanded to remove debris and unclog pores. Microdermabrasion is a more intense form of dermabrasion, which can perform a deeper treatment when needed. Both forms have the goal of allowing healthy skin to shine through once dead cells and other materials are removed.
Another type of non-laser peel option you can try is a chemical peel, which involves the use of acid to perform the same function as dermabrasion. Different types of acid mixtures are used depending on the severity of the skin problem that is being treated. Some chemical peels are very mild. Others are so intense that they can require a week or more of recovery.
Using lasers to correct your skin problems
Lasers are pieces of skincare machinery that use specific levels of light and heat to produce healthy changes in the skin. Some forms of laser therapy produce immediate peel-like results. Others show very few immediate results, but after repeated treatments the skin’s over all health can improve.
The difference between one laser treatment and another often comes down to intensity level. The strongest lasers are commonly called “ablative,” and they can produce faster results, but the treatments can be a bit more uncomfortable and may cause mild side effects. Non-ablative treatments focus more on improving total skin condition by mildly stimulating the body’s own natural processes for repairing skin damage.
Undergoing sound or light-based skincare therapies
It is possible that you may only need a mild form of skincare treatment, but non-ablative lasers may not be right for you. Based on the state of your skin, your clinician might say that you are a good candidate for intense pulsed light (IPL) or sound wave treatments like ultrasound or radio frequency. The purpose of any of those is to direct specific forms of sound wave or light down into the skin, causing it to start repairing itself by making more collagen, elastin and other cellular “building blocks.”
Using Dermarollers to clear up your skin
While most of the procedures above are low-risk if they are done properly, they can all have hefty price tags. If you are looking for more economical ways to clear up your skin, then you might prefer Dermaroller treatment, which can actually be done in your own home using a kit you can buy online or at some stores. Dermaroller is a process where tiny needles are used to do just enough skin damage that your body should start working to correct that new damage. In the process, it will inevitably correct some older damage, too.
There is nothing “wrong” or “right” about any of the procedures above. That is to say that no one of them is universally better or worse. You have to weigh all the facts about them and then choose which one you think you need. If you aren’t sure how to narrow down your options then just ask your local clinic for recommendations.
Article by Tim Hamilton