The outer layer of skin is continuously shed, but sometimes dead skin cells build up, causing skin to appear dull and dry. The first step in good skin care is using a good cleanser and moisturizer with SPF. After that, there are a couple options. A daily skin cream with a low concentration of alpha-hydroxy or glycolic acid can help over time. I really like Obagi’s Exfoderm; after several weeks of use skin feels much softer. If you would like to see more immediate results, microdermabrasion and chemical peels are both great options. Microdermabrasion gently sweeps away dead skin cells. It feels a bit scratchy, and your skin will be a little pink afterward, but you can reapply makeup right away. Chemical peels come in several strengths, so they can be tailored to how much peeling you want to deal with. Unlike a laser peel, you will have very little redness afterward. Your skin will start flaking around two days post-peel, and this will last for 2-3 days. Our new line of peels does not have a strong chemical smell, and many patients feel fine running errands even immediately afterward. Both microdermabrasion and chemical peels work best if you have several treatments, so look for a facility that offers package deals.
Have you ever had a chemical peel or microdermabrasion?