Skin resurfacing – laser, light or peel?


Everyone has skin problems. Even that person who never seems to break out or have any red areas, scars or freckles. On a cellular level, collagen is depleting and skin is getting looser, wrinklier and dryer. Add on bigger issues like acne and rosacea and the treatment gets complicated.

1) Color – if rosacea, hyperpigmentation or melasma is the problem, thereís a solution to drastically improve or even cure your condition. Depending on skin type, this might mean a blended approach using lasers, chemical peels and prescription medication.
– Rosacea might require the use of oral medication along with topical creams
– Hyperpigmentation, melasma and uneven skin tone could require the use of hydroquinone
– Deep chemical peels can be used to lighten hyperpigmentation, scars and spots
– Pulsed light or a pulse dye laser can be used to treat blood vessels, thickening of the skin caused by rosacea and redness

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2) Skin texture and wrinkles – everyone wants smooth, flawless skin, but when you age, wrinkles form and the elements take a toll on your overall skin health. Dead skin cells can cause skin to look drab, tired and even block absorption of the skincare products that are intended to help.

– CO2 laser resurfacing can treat moderate to deep wrinkles, fine lines and tighten loose skin
– Regular, light AHA peels or microdermabrasion can keep skin looking healthy and radiant
– Deep chemical peels like a TCA peel can remove sun damage, medium wrinkles and help smooth skin texture

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3) Acne – there is no cure all for acne. What works for one person, might not work for another. It is best to get your skin assessed and use a blended method for treatment.
– Active acne outbreaks can be maintained with medication, topical treatments and regular skin maintenance that could include light chemical peels, microdermabrasion and facials
– Isolaz and PDT (photodynamic therapy) can also keep breakouts at bay by using light therapy in combination with bacteria-reducing technology
– Acne scars can be treated with resurfacing lasers, light treatments and chemical peels, depending on the type and degree
– Deep pitted acne scars might require surgical excision and at times, dermal fillers to fix depressions

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Additional Information:
Video: Skin resurfacing
Rosacea:  Mayo Clinic
Isolaz: Is it worth it?