The skincare industry is ever-growing. There are now multiple ways to treat some skin issues, which is good because not everyone’s skin responds the same way to a single treatment. With so many options available to you, it is more important than ever to know what skin treatment you really need. For example, a treatment that is too mild may not be effective, but a treatment that is too invasive may not be right either. Here is a loose guideline to help you figure out how to tell what skin treatment you really need. But keep in mind you must also have your skin assessed by a professional prior to choosing a treatment method.
Creams When You are Not Showing Signs of Skin Damage Yet
If you want to preemptively strike against skin damage that has not happened yet, or at least is not visible yet, at home care might work for you. It may be as simple as regularly cleansing and moisturizing your skin. Applying the proper lotion or cream can help it stay hydrated and healthy.
Light or Sound When You Have Mild Skin Damage to Treat
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) and sound wave therapies are both commonly used to treat mild skin damage. Both are designed to treat all the cells in the target area, including those that make up deeper layers of your skin. They do not affect the surface layer as much immediately, but they can improve your overall skin health over time. There are also some such treatments you can perform at home using store bought devices. However, clinical treatments are likely to yield faster and more thorough results.
Lasers or Peels When You Have Moderate Skin Damage to Treat
Moderate skin damage almost definitely requires clinical intervention. The question is what type of clinical intervention do you need? One possible choice is professional cosmetic-lasers treatments. Lasers are excellent choices for moderate skin treatment because they are so versatile. They can perform such functions as reducing the appearance of wrinkles or performing resurfacing on your skin. However, they can also be used for other tasks, such as lessening the appearance of scars.
You can also opt to treat moderate skin problems with other clinical procedures. For example, microdermabrasion can help you get rid of surface imperfections by using tiny crystals blasted at the skin to dislodge debris. Alternatively, you can accomplish a similar result with the various acid mixtures used for chemical peel procedures. Your clinician can control the strength of the peel by carefully choosing the right chemical mixture.
Surgery When You Are Struggling with Severe Skin Damage
It is important to note that none of the procedures and methods mentioned above are usually one-time processes. For example, you have to apply skin cream diligently and frequently to get the best ongoing results. Clinical procedures like laser treatment also can require several appointments before your skin health improves. However, it is also possible for your skin to reach a point when it is beyond the limits of what the above procedures can fix.
If your skin problems are severe, surgery may be the only way to reverse them. However, you should not enter into the surgical process lightly. You must consider the risks, side effects and costs involved. The time investment is also substantial.