Skin care and a healthy lifestyle go hand in hand. And some things as little as sun protection and gentle cleansing can go a long way. Below are various skin problems and treatments that can give you instant results.
Time and the elements take their toll on your complexion, causing some to experience rough, uneven skin by the time they reach their 20s or 30s. And returning skin to its original state can be achieved with the latest technology recognized as ablative fractionated laser resurfacing.
Ablative fractionated laser resurfacing produces tiny beams of light in a grid pattern that vaporize skin cells. The destruction of cells in small tunnels through the skin helps smooth the texture of the skin. The laser treatment generates heat and induces repair mechanisms that stimulate collagen production to tighten and firm
For darker complexion, the ProFractional option utilizes decreased heat which reduces the risk of hyperpigmentation. Those with lighter skin can go for the CO2 laser, which generates a little more heat and prompts greater collagen production.
For people with visible pores, the latest in treatments include the use of Botox, Dysport and Xeomin. Yes, fillers aren’t just capable of smoothing out wrinkles; they’re also great for shrinking down enlarged pores— common in people with oily skin, acne, and rosacea.
“Neuromodulators like Botox can be injected into large pores to contract their girth, suppress sebum, and control breakouts,” says board-certified Dermatologist Dr. Zein Obagi. “Microdermabrasion is also helpful for large pores and generally refreshing the skin, since it involves a deep exfoliation of the surface layer.”
Dr. Obagi also recommends augmenting treatments with topical products: “Daily use of mechanical (such as scrubs) and chemical (like lactic acid) exfoliants [is] preferable for longer-lasting results.”
Active breakouts are a serious problem and require sound treatment. Enter: intralesional triamcinolone injections.
“I typically perform the injection directly into the pimple,” Dermatologist Dr. Michael Lin says. “It quickly flattens the pimple within 24 hours and reduces redness.”
But this treatment requires thoughtful consideration because the biggest side effect is that sometimes an indentation can occur after the injection. The chance of this occurring is related to the concentration, amount of, and frequency of the triamcinolone injected.
Dr. Lin also stresses the importance of at-home treatments, “Apply a generous amount of a benzoyl peroxide-based over-the-counter product, like Dr. Lin’s Acne Spot Corrector, directly on the pimple and leave it on overnight,” he says. “As a natural remedy, try using egg whites, which contain egg proteins to dry the pimple and lysozyme to kill acne bacteria.”
No matter how much sunscreen you use, years of sun exposure may eventually catch up to you in the form of brown spots on your face, hands, neck, and chest.
“These spots become very common as we age, and are secondary to thinning and weakening skin,” says Dr. Obagi.
But something known as Clear + Brilliant — a gentle, non-invasive fractional laser treatment that helps with discoloration — is the answer to eliminating these spots. This is how it works: “Low levels of laser light penetrate your skin, triggering collagen formation and new skin-cell production,” says Dr. Obagi. “The result is improved tone and texture.”
Because the treatment doesn’t do too much damage to the top layer of your skin and surrounding skin, it also doesn’t require much downtime. “Your skin may be red with a sandpapery feel for a few days, but you can resume all regular activities,” says Dr. Obagi. “Results typically take four to six sessions spaced about a month apart, but many people notice improvement after one or two.”
You can count prolonged redness, swelling, and blistering among the possible side effects, but for the most part, Clear + Brilliant is known for allowing you to quickly return to your regularly scheduled programming.
Parentheses wrinkles, or smile lines are those creases surrounding your mouth that seem to not be going away anytime soon. In fact, they usually become much more pronounced over time.
“We lose the tone in our skin as we age and the fatty layer becomes less robust,” explains Dr. Obagi. “The tissues in the face drop to a degree which causes folds to form from the nose to the mouth — and get deeper as we continue to age.”
The quick fix? “Because these lines occur due to loss of volume in the underlying tissue, soft-tissue fillers — like Sculptra — can be used to replace the depleted mass and elevate overlying skin,” suggests Dr. Obagi. Other options include hyaluronic acid-based Juvéderm or Voluma, which is in the Juvéderm family but has been specifically approved to restore volume in the cheek area. All of these fillers can help restore and correct the loss of volume, though the outcome varies depending on the treatment and your individual metabolism. Expect results to last anywhere from approximately six months to several years.
– The source of this article was Refinery29, a modern woman’s guide to news, beauty, health and more.
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