Your skin is your body’s largest organ and its first line of defense, so it is very important to take good care of it. If you have been looking for skin treatments that target acne, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, stretch marks, or cellulite, you may have stumbled upon various trendy skin treatments that claim to eliminate or reduce those skin imperfections.

Treatments such as at-home microneedling, at-home chemical peeling, and other DIY “miracle treatments” may actually do more harm for your skin than good.  Here is a brief guide on trendy skin treatments you simply do not need.

At-Home Microneedling

Many proponents of microneedling claim that this treatment can reduce or erase scars, wrinkles, and discoloration. Recently, there has been a surge of at-home microneedling kits and devices available for public use. Many medical professionals have urged users to be cautious when utilizing these at-home kits and devices since microneedling does, essentially, injure the skin in order to stimulate collagen production and induce repair. Since microneedling causes injury to the skin, improper use of this treatment system can cause bleeding, scarring, bruising, excessive pigmentation, and infection.

Because of the nature of microneedling, it is wise to go to a professional for this procedure. A healthy alternative to microneedling is using products that are medical grade and exclusively sold by dermatologists. These products typically have multiple clinical studies to guarantee best results. Retinol, Vitamin C, and SPF are highly recommended. Retinol helps with cellular turnover, acne, as well as fine lines and wrinkles. In order to rep a bright flow and protect the skin from free radical damage, patients are encouraged to use vitamin C typically on a daily basis. SPF should be worn 365 days a year to block harmful UVA/UVB rays that cause premature aging.

At-Home Chemical Peels

Chemical peeling has become a widely sought-after procedure for those seeking to reduce or eliminate spots, blemishes, wrinkles, sun damage, acne scars, or hyperpigmentation. Skin peels with mild, medium and high concentrations are now widely available on the market and at-home skin peeling has become a very popular practice. Though these peels may seem enticing, many medium-depth and deep chemical peels can cause severe complications such as scarring, discoloration, and infection, especially when used without doctor supervision or sedation. Many people have reported that chemical peeling left their skin feeling extremely dry and sensitive. To avoid these complications and sensitivities, you may want to seek alternatives to chemical peeling. Some healthy alternatives to at home chemical peels include using glycolic acid cleansers and retinol to exfoliate chemically at home. If you decide to proceed with a chemical peel, do it under the supervision of a doctor.

Other At-Home Skin Treatments

Since the dawn of time people have been getting creative with at-home solutions for everything, and skin is no exception. You’ve probably heard many wives tales about ways to clear up your skin using just the ingredients around your house. While some of these may merit a little bit of truth, others completely miss the mark. For instance, some people try to use apple cider vinegar as toner. This can burn your skin, which many mistake for it working, while in reality, it’s just damaging your face. Another common DIY treatment is putting toothpaste on facial blemishes. While this isn’t incredibly damaging, there is very little evidence that this is actually an effective way to clear up your face.

If you hear of a skin care treatment that seems just good to be true, consult your dermatologist. Odds are, especially with dermatology, that there is a better safer solution waiting for you at your dermatologist’s office. If you have any questions about skin care treatments, call the experts at Universal Dermatology. Together, we will find a safe and healthy treatment plan for your skin.


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