An Examination of Skin Rejuvenation Techniques

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Last Updated on December 7, 2019 by

If you are wondering what skin rejuvenation is, it is simply the revitalization of the skin. Unlike skin resurfacing, which involves specific changes to the surface of the skin for the better, skin rejuvenation can involve any or all skin layers.

Woman receiving laser treatment photo by Olena Yakobchuk courtesy of Shutterstock

To choose a method of skin rejuvenation you must understand how your skin works. You must also explore the intricacies of each type of skin rejuvenation method.

Why Skin Needs to be Rejuvenated

The first thing you need to know is why skin needs to be rejuvenated. The causes of skin damage are many and varied. However, most of them come down to the fact that your skin is on the outside of the body. Therefore, it is exposed to many things throughout your lifetime. Sun, weather, pollutants and chemicals are just a handful of the things that can easily cause skin damage. That damage may be in the form of fine lines, discolored spots, or deep wrinkles, among other physical manifestations that come with age.

Fighting Back Against Skin Damage with Lasers

Lasers are among the best clinical skincare tools used in the battle against skin damage. The skincare industry has used cosmetic lasers for better skin health for decades. Some lasers are ablative, meaning they impact the outer layer of skin. They are often used to perform skin peels, removing refuse like dead skin cells from the surface of the skin. However, some ablative treatments can treat multiple skin layers.

Non-ablative laser treatments are also available. They are treatments that do not have a direct impact on the surface, but they can still rejuvenate and revitalize your skin. They do so by helping existing substances that keep the skin tight, such as collagen, to work effectively. Laser procedures can also help encourage your body to make more of those substances. That, in turn, can strengthen your skin and slow down any future damage.

Microdermabrasion to “Sand” Your Skin Imperfections Away

Laser procedures use light and heat to improve the quality of the skin. If such methods are undesirable or not suitable for you, other options must be explored. One such option is microdermabrasion. It is a process that essentially “sands” the skin, just as you might sand a piece of furniture to remove imperfections in the wood. In the case of a microdermabrasion tool, it usually has a hard tip, such as a diamond. It also may use crystals to exfoliate your skin.

Chemical Peels for Better Looking Skin

Another way to treat your skin is with chemical peels. They are also sometimes known as acid peels. That is because they use chemicals, or acids, to dissolve and remove undesirable substances on the skin’s surface or in deeper tissues. The affected skin cells depend on the strength of the chemical treatment. The stronger the peel, the longer it may take for your skin to fully heal after treatment.

Other Methods to Rejuvenate Your Skin

There are many other methods you can use to rejuvenate your skin. Some are independently useful. For example, sound wave therapy like ultrasound can help encourage your body to produce more collagen. That collagen can strengthen the bonds between your skin cells. Radio frequency treatment and intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy can also produce similar results.

Other skin rejuvenation methods work best when combined with other skincare procedures. For example, the use of skin creams at home is great for protecting your skin. Such lotions and creams are often helpful before and after clinical skincare procedures. However, they do not often work well on their own. Your skincare professional can help you determine which method or methods to use.

Skin Rejuvenation Technique

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