For many of us, our skin speaks to the world in ways we might not want it to. It speaks to the world by the way it looks. Lines, wrinkles, acne, acne scars, hyperpigmentation. Our skin tells a story and it is not always the story we want to tell. The stories are different for different people. Acne scars tell a story of someone who has dealt with deep acne, possibly even cystic acne, and has left deep pockmark scars on their face. Hyperpigmentation also tells a story of a person who has had to deal with acne, or maybe a hormonal condition called melasma, and this story is probably more often seen on the face of a person of color, or olive complexioned Caucasians. Lines tell a story that could be a story of sun damage, or ageing, or stress, or illness. The stories that our faces tell may not be the ones we want to tell the world. In my experience everyone wants to be the author of their own story, and they don’t want fate, or circumstances, or external sources to tell their stories for them.
I have been working in the field of Dermatology for 10 years, and have been administering skin care procedures such as microdermabrasion and chemical peels for 5 of those years. Because of my experience in the field of Dermatology as I walk around in this world I can read people’s life stories on their faces. I can look at their skin and know if they have had deep cystic acne, less severe acne, melasma, too much sun exposure, whether or not they have used sun screen and much more. I can usually tell if they have had skin cancer removed, or if they have lupus. I can see eczema, and psoriasis. I see these on a person as a story that can be retold with the right medication or skin care procedures. Now, to be honest skin care professionals cannot completely remove these stories from people faces with medications and procedures, but most people just want their skin to be less obviously “read” by the world at large. Dark spots diminished, acne scars diminished, psoriasis not so evident, sun damage corrected, etc. Many of these “stories” or skin problems can be helped with skin care procedures that are available at your local dermatologist.
Specifically I want to talk about microdermabrasion and chemical peels. Both of these procedures are excellent for removing dark spots, sun damage, fine lines, reduction of pore size, and reduction of the appearance of acne scarring. Chemical peels work in different ways and are not appropriate for everyone because of individual sensitivity levels. Chemical peels work by causing the superficial layers of skin to peel or “flake” causing a deep exfoliation with a chemical agent such as glycolic acid, salicylic acid or other peeling agents such as resorcinol. Different peels are designed for different skin tones and skin types, so these should only be administered by a trained skin care professional. These professionals can be found at Dermatologist offices, and they are quite skilled at knowing which, if any peel is the right one for each patient’s individual concern, and skin type.
Microdermabrasion is excellent for reducing acne scars, removing damage from excessive sun, smoothing fine lines, and honestly taking years off of your face by smoothing and softening your skin. Very fine crystals are taken on and off the skin with a hand held device, which polishes the skin, causing a deep exfoliation. Your skin feels different immediately and there is no peeling or flaking to deal with after your procedure. Microdermabrasion is safe for all skin types, even sensitive skin. There are no chemicals applied to the face, so there is no possibility of any harmful chemical reactions.
Your trained skin care professional will know which procedure is the best one to accomplish the goals you want to achieve. They can help “rewrite” your story so you present the world with the face you want to present not the one melasma, acne, sun damage or other conditions have caused you to put forward. We all want flawless skin, but that is not a “real” story, that is a fairy tale. However, your professional skin care specialist such as those found at Clarkston Dermatology will be able to be an author of a new chapter in your story. Give them a call today for your free consultation so together you can write a new chapter in the story of your life. One that you will be able to have control of and will give you the happy ending you deserve!
So give them a call today! Why continue with the same story? Take charge of your story and take charge of your skin!