Skin care treatments

Set Text Size SmallSet Text Size MediumSet Text Size LargeSet Text Size X-Large
Share
Updated: 1/14/2003 2:32 pm
Today, there are many options to address conditions like acne, wrinkles, blotchy skin, and general signs of aging. Treatments range from products available at a drug store to procedures performed by a skin care professional. In general, products or treatments that provide the greatest results also require a longer recovery time, and are usually available only through a dermatologist. Still, if your problem is less severe, certain over-the-counter products that may be effective. Creams or solutions containing at least 8 percent alpha-hydroxy acid, or AHA, (A-H-A) work as a chemical exfoliant, gradually revealing fresher-looking skin. Avoid using AHA concentrations over 10 percent, as they can irritate the skin. Salicylic (sal-uh-SIHL-ihk) acid is a similar exfoliant, but tends to be gentler. Bleaching creams with ingredients like hydroquinone (hy-droh-KWIHN-ohn) may help to lighten freckles and age spots. Two percent solutions are sold in stores, while 3 percent strengths must be purchased from a dermatologist. Another prescription-strength product is Renova® (reh-NOH-vah), a cream approved by the FDA (F-D- A) for the treatment of fine wrinkles. Dermatologists also offer procedures like light, medium, and deep chemical peels and microdermabrasion (MY-kroh-DEHRM-uh-bray-zhun) to correct lines and spots. Laser treatments can be used to fade age spots, eliminate broken capillaries, or completely resurface the face.

©2006 Crossroads Mobile. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Share
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.
   

WTVQ.com supports children's privacy rights. All persons under the age of 13 MUST have parental permission to use this website and direct parental supervision is strongly recommended.