If we want to keep things simple, you can consider skin rejuvenation any process that improves the appearance of skin. This includes using skincare products and treatments that are believed to revitalize the skin. While many people use the terms skin rejuvenation and skin resurfacing to mean the same thing, skin resurfacing is actually just one type of skin rejuvenation procedure. Nevertheless, among the most common skin rejuvenation techniques are the various types of skin resurfacing procedures including chemical peels, dermabrasion, and laser resurfacing.
Ultimately, the goals of skin rejuvenation and skin resurfacing are the same. Skin rejuvenation is generally directed at reducing the appearance of wrinkles, pigmentation, scars, blood vessels, cellulite, and other blemishes. Many over the counter creams that incorporate moisturizers, collagen, and other supportive skin treatments are common skin rejuvenation products that are minimally invasive and can be applied to prevent skin blemishes or restore skin to its healthiest condition.
On the other hand, skin resurfacing procedures are more often skin rejuvenation treatments that require treatment by a qualified professional. Let’s take a closer look at some popular examples of skin resurfacing that are utilized as a skin rejuvenation approach.
- Chemical peels can be applied at home or by a dermatologist. These treatments use glycolic and other acids to remove the outermost layer of your skin. Regular treatments scheduled several weeks apart may reduce the visibility of wrinkles and discoloration of your skin. Chemical peels are more effective for fine lines than deeper wrinkles, but they also do not require lengthy recovery times. Additionally, some people experience skin discoloration after chemical peels when applied at home or by less-experienced professionals, so it is always advisable to work with a qualified professional for chemical peels.
- Dermabrasion or microdermabrasion utilizes abrasive particles applied to the surface of the skin to rejuvenate its appearance. Usually performed in multiple treatments scheduled 10 to 14 days apart, dermabrasion is also often used in conjunction with chemical peels for deeper results and for use on darker skin changes. Microdermabrasion may also help to reduce the risk of skin discoloration sometimes experienced after chemical peels. Results from dermabrasion treatments can vary, and some people report that using scrubs are just as effective.
- Laser resurfacing also removes the outermost layer of your skin. These treatments should always be delivered by a professional as the equipment used in laser resurfacing should be calibrated specifically for the person receiving the treatment – the depth and intensity of the treatment is adjustable and will ultimately result in variable recovery times for your skin. Your practitioner may also use a surface anaesthesia to reduce any discomfort that the procedure may cause. Laser resurfacing treatments are more permanent and because they can penetrate deeper into your skin, you must always follow the recovery advice of the professional providing the treatment. Avoiding sun exposure and proper post-treatment skin care are crucial to optimizing the benefits and limiting any risks associated with laser resurfacing. These treatments tend to be more effective for fine lines, moderate wrinkles, and pigmentation issues. That being said, laser resurfacing is not recommended for darker skin tones.