How to Treat Rosacea and Other Skin Conditions?
We’ve all been standing in line at the grocery check out and seen a magazine cover boasting a close up of a celebrity with flawless skin. Most of us have heaved an internal sigh while thinking about the sun spots or pimples marring our complexions, the only way to fix them is to slap a thick layer of concealer on and go about our day. What if I told you that there is an arsenal of creams and medications designed to correct skin imperfections due to age or disease? Check out how easily these skin conditions can be treated with just a simple over the counter medication.
How Can You Treat Acne?
Acne is probably one of the most common skin conditions that affects people as early as puberty and can last for the rest of their life. You can find acne on your face, neck and pretty much anywhere else on your body. It can be a white head, black heads, pimples or any combination. Acne can leave scars behind if it is extremely enough. Acne treatments can be found at most drug stores, or you can consult your physician for a more personalized acne treatment.
What is Hyperpigmentation?
As we age, our skin becomes more susceptible to a condition called hyperpigmentation. Hyperpigmentation is typically a harmless darkening of certain spots of the skin due to excess melanin. A common form of hyperpigmentation is “age or liver spots” which occur due to sun damage. If you find that you are having issues with hyperpigmentation, there are a lot of creams, serums and even foundations that can help to reduce their appearance. The best way to prevent further pigmentation is to protect your skin against the sun with a daily lotion containing SPF.
There are certain kinds of hyperpigmentation:
1. Age spots – these occur due to the damage our skin endures due to sun exposure.
2. Melasma – this is very common in women. Over five million women suffer from it in the US alone. It is believed to be connected to hormonal changes and is usually found on the face.
3. Freckles – they are genetic and become more pronounced when exposed to the sun.
4. Post Inflammatory Pigmentation – this usually occurs after the skin has become damaged due to skin conditions such as acne or eczema.
What is Rosacea and How Do You Treat It?
A very common problem many women (and men) begin to face after the age of 30 is rosacea. Rosacea is the chronic swelling of the face with redness, prominent blood vessels and pimples. The condition can be caused by immune system problems, vein problems and environmental issues. Depending on the symptoms and causes there are several treatments ranging from antibiotics to gels to beta blockers to even laser treatments. For mild cases of rosacea there are creams and serums that can be recommended by a physician
Skin Care Products to Help with Skin Dryness
The majority of people experience dry skin at one point or another in life. Whether it’s during the winter months when the combination of bitter winds outside and heat inside dry out the skin or if you suffer from chronic dry skin, there are many lotions designed to restore moisture to the deepest layers of your skin. Everything from your primers and make up to your cleansers and lotions can make all the difference in your skin’s ability to retain moisture. It is very important to have a good and consistent skin care regimen daily to maintain moisture and prevent further drying out. Having a good hand cream will help keep crepey skin at bay and make sure your hands look youthful.
How to Treat Dull Skin and Wrinkles
The dreaded appearance of wrinkles is inevitable as you age. The skin begins to lose elasticity and volume and begins to sag. You’ll look in the mirror and realize that the effortless glow of youthful skin is gone. The good news is that there are many different over the counter facial treatments that can bring back some volume, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, and return vibrancy to your skin. The best way to keep skin looking young is to stay out of the sun and if you do go outside add a cream with SPF to your skin care routine. Also, adding a cream with Vitamin C will do wonders for reducing those fine lines and plumping skin.
What Other Options Can Treat Skin Conditions?
All the skin conditions mentioned above such as Rosacea and Hyperpigmentation can also be treated using a laser treatment. At Aesthetica, we use BroadBand Light Therapy (BBL) which uses therapeutic-grade light energy to heat the out layer of skin and encourage collagen production to produce smoother, clearer, plumper skin.
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