Most everyone deals with skin flaws they wish they could correct. Minor skin issues are usually harmless but are also treatable for those who find them objectionable. Skin Treatments can vary from a simple ointment to a semi-invasive injection.
Here are some common skin issues and a look at the skin treatment that might help resolve each of them.
#1. Spider Veins
Spider veins are appropriately named because they can look like small webs under the surface of your skin. While these veins may not be attractive, they’re basically harmless. They’ve simply expanded due to having more fluid pumped through them due to weight gain, trauma or genetics.
Spider veins can be corrected. A treatment called sclerotherapy involves injecting solution into the vein to force the blood into other veins. This causes the varicose vein to empty and eventually collapse. It is absorbed into other tissue and is no longer visible.
The treatment comes with little risk, though you may have some bruising or discoloration at the injection site for several days.
#2. Acne Scars
Acne is a skin issue itself, but usually it can be treated with over the counter products. When acne gets out of hand, it can leave behind scars, which make the skin appear rough and uneven.
Fortunately, the appearance of these scars can be improved. Your doctor might suggest a chemical peel or microdermabrasion. Either are generally considered to be safe procedures.
The microdermabrasion will use a special tool to sand away your top layer of skin. This promotes the growth of new skin that appears smoother. A chemical peel exfoliates your skin using either lactic or salicylic acid.
#3. Age Spots
Age spots are brown spots caused by exposure to the sun. They have an irregular shape and can show up on any part of the body. They tend to make the skin appear spotty and uneven.
Age spots can appear on the skin at any age, but become more common as you get older. They can be prevented by wearing sunscreen and a hat when outdoors. Though they look harmless, you should keep an eye on them to make sure they don’t grow. This could be a sign of skin cancer, though it is rare.
Age spots can be reduced with a topical cream that contains retinoids or alpha hydroxy acids. For the darkest spots, your doctor may recommend laser light therapy.
Cellulite is one of the most unattractive skin issues to have, yet it seems to be a natural part of being a woman since over 80% of women have it. It causes the skin on your thighs to appear lumpy.
The lumps are actually pockets of fat that have grown over the connective tissue that wraps around them. This could be caused by genetics. As women age, their skin thins, causing the cellulite to look worse.
Cellulite can be treated with the use of lasers and radio-frequency devices. There is also a procedure called Cellifina that uses a micro blade to release the connective tissue. This procedure is considered minimally invasive.
#5. Skin Tags
Skin tags look scary but they are completely harmless. They are flesh-colored growths made of blood vessels and collagen that hang from the skin in areas where there may be regular friction. They’re commonly seen under the armpits and around the breasts.
Skin tags are easy to remove by cutting or burning them off. Although the treatment is simple, you should not try to do it yourself as you risk infection and scarring.
#6. Stretch Marks
Stretch marks are the result of the skin being stretched over a short period of time. The stretching causes the thin to skin and damages the connective tissue. They happen during rapid weight gain and during pregnancy.
Stretch marks most commonly appear on the trunk, abdomen and thighs. If you’re going to have any luck in treating your stretch marks it will have to happen while they are still fresh, or reddish in color. Once they turn white, they are near impossible to remove.
Laser therapy is the treatment of choice. This will work to stimulate new cell growth which should smooth the appearance of scarring.
#7. Dark Circles
Dark circles under the eyes are hereditary for some people, and it doesn’t matter how much sleep they get, they’re not going away. They can also be caused by fatigue and allergies.
The skin under the eyes is some of the thinnest and most delicate skin on your body. Because of its thinness, dark spots are actually blood vessels showing through the skin.
The treatment for dark circles will depend on the cause. If they are caused by allergies, the best thing you can do is treat the allergies. If they are caused by fatigue, the prescription would be to get more rest.
For dark circles that aren’t caused by either, they can easily be concealed with makeup. You can also try creams that contain cortisone which may shrink the blood vessels, though only temporarily.
Skin imperfections aren’t pretty, but many people choose to live with them. If your skin imperfection is bothering you, speak to your dermatologist about options for correcting it.