According to the pros, choosing what we think would be best treatment for our face is not a good idea. The aesthetician is supposed to do a complete skin analysis before recommending the best procedure for our particular skin type. I wonder how many times that happens?
It's very rare that a dermatologist and facialist agree on the best treatment. But, here are four procedures they do think are best for maintaining healthy skin.
EXFOLIATION will brighten dull skin — often a problem among women older than 40. Take off some thickness, and skin will appear smoother and brighter.
MICRODERMABRASION blasts away the dead-cell layer with a wand that either blows crystals or has a rough surface that gently abrades the skin.
GLYCOLIC PEELS also take away the outermost layer of dead skin. Make sure retinoids are discontinued four or five days before a peel, The same is true for salicylic peels, which are good for sun damage or acne-prone or aging skin.
EXTRACTION of blackheads unclogs pores, except perhaps for people of color who scar easily.