Skin Treatment

Written by Kimberly Clark
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The skin care industry in America is estimated to be a $6.4 billion consumer industry in 2004 and predicted to experience continued growth. With the growing interest in skin care, new skin treatments are being developed constantly. The treatments focus on correcting such things as sun damage and the signs of aging, as well as minimizing the outward affects of serious skin disorders such as acne, psoriasis, or eczema.

Forms of Skin Treatment

The majority of skin care professionals still believe the most effective treatment for chronic skin disorders is to keep the infected areas thoroughly cleansed. With that in mind, many salons and spas offer their clients deep cleansing facials. The primary purpose of the deep cleansing facials is to remove dirt, lightly exfoliate dead surface skin, and unclog pores. More specialized facials will concentrate on such things as hydrating, oil control, and blemish reduction.

Glycolic acid and other chemical peels can be used periodically to correct superficial skin issues such as blemishes and scars. The acid is poured on the skin, causing it to blister and to eventually peel off, revealing new rejuvenated skin. This process is effective for treating wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, freckles, and acne.

Microdermabrasion is another restorative skin treatment that is used to eliminate the appearance of fine lines, acne scars, and stretch marks. It is often referred to as the minipeel because it takes much less time to perform and to recover from as chemical and laser resurfacing. During microdermabrasion, the skin is resurface by a high pressure flow of an abrasive substance (usually aluminum oxide crystals).

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