Everyone wants a flawless complexion. But getting it is challenging, especially for those that have to deal with skin issues like acne.
But challenging doesn’t mean impossible. Here are 4 skin treatments that will help put your skin on the right track.
Microdermabrasion is a less invasive version of its original treatment, dermabrasion.
It’s done with a specific tool called a microdermabrasion machine which is used to physically exfoliate the skin. This device consists of a spinning ring with a rough surface and a hole in the center of it that is actually a suction tube.
The ring rotates and scrapes the skin’s outermost layer while simultaneously sucking in all that was buffed away, clearing the pores’ contents.
Microdermabrasion has 2 forms – diamond microdermabrasion where the tip of the device is covered in the diamond grid, and a bit older version, crystal microdermabrasion where aluminum oxide crystals are released first, after which the tip rubs them against the skin similarly to any other scrub.
Microneedling is a skincare treatment that purposely creates micro wounds so that the body’s natural healing process gets triggered. It accomplishes this by inserting hundreds of tiny needles into the skin triggering the body to start producing more collagen and elastin, which help regenerate new skin cells, healing the injury.
This is why microneedling is also referred to as collagen induction therapy and is frequently connected to anti-aging.
This treatment is done either with a derma pen or a derma roller. Dermapen is a bit superior so it’s usually a go-to for professionals. A derma roller, essentially a wheel with needles that are then rolled onto the skin, is a device used for an at-home version of the treatment.
Microneedling can be done on any surface, including the hands, back, scalp (where it also addresses hair loss), and any other body areas.
A dermaplaning treatment is done with a surgical scalpel that is used to gently scrape the surface of the face at a 45-degree angle. It removes up to 2 weeks of dead skin, grime, and excess oils.
But this procedure also removes facial hairs which is why it’s often comparable to shaving. Although that more so applies to the at-home version of this treatment.
Dermaplaning also goes by other names like dermablading and microplaning. It’s a completely non-invasive process and so it’s frequently combined with other cosmetic treatments to help treat the newest skin layer it uncovers.
A chemical peel is a pretty self-explanatory treatment – it uses chemicals (acids) to peel away the old layer of skin and reveal a new, fresher one.
The goal is similar to the goal of microneedling – deliberately harming the skin’s surface and forcing a new layer of skin to emerge when makes certain flaws become less noticeable as they get taken off with the old skin layer.
Chemical peels are highly customizable treatments as each client’s skin needs and type are taken into consideration. So, depending on the level of severity needed to treat the condition, there are 3 categories of chemical peels divided into light, medium, and deep peels.
The more intense peels offer more dramatic results, but they also take longer time to heal from and require more strict aftercare.
How to Choose the Right One for You?
These are all exfoliating treatments as they’re all focused on removing the layer of skin that is continually exposed to external factors that harm it and make it dull.
But the way they do so varies. And some might be more suitable to certain skin types than others.
For example, dermaplaning is a gentler treatment compared to microdermabrasion, making it a better option for sensitive skin. So even if it requires a few extra sessions to treat the problem, at least it won’t heighten the skin’s sensitivity and make the subsequent treatments riskier. This is particularly true for chemical peels.
The best way to decide which treatment to get is to consult a professional and let them assess the situation.
Keep in Mind…
While all of these procedures offer similar benefits like reducing redness, boosting radiance, and controlling acne, one session will not achieve miraculous results – especially if you’re dealing with a specific skin concern you want to alleviate. You need to be consistent and book a few sessions to get the results you desire.