Skin Problem: Texture
What started off as smooth, even skin inevitably starts to show signs of aging, one of the first being a change in texture. Whether it’s fine lines, wrinkles and deeper creases, or your complexion just doesn’t have that same lustrous look it used to, getting older can mean dealing with more than a few skin concerns.
With every passing year, the more you’ll notice your skin’s texture changing. As collagen (which makes up a whopping 80 percent of our skin) diminishes, fine lines form, eventually turning into full-on wrinkles. Without collagen and elastin (skin’s other component), your skin loses its ability to “snap” back, gets thinner and starts to become much less smooth.
Here are more than a few treatments designed to return skin to its youthful glory, especially where texture is concerned. Celebrity favorite microdermabrasion (Gwyneth Paltrow is a reported fan), which works to remove dead skin cells, is a good start. “After the dead cells are removed, the skin looks and feels smoother, softer, and more radiant,” says Dr. Brian Zelickson.
Chemical peels are another option for superficial textural issues and can create a smooth, youthful appearance. While they don’t tackle wrinkles, they can help reduce skin imperfections such as acne scars, freckles, age spots, and melasma.
Fractionated laser treatments such as Fraxel® and SmartSkin® offer a way to get at the deeper layers of skin and really help in wiping out wrinkles. These devices actually split (or fractionate) laser light so it penetrates skin in thousands of tiny columns. As the laser hand piece is moved across your face, its light creates tiny holes in the skin. Those holes are gradually filled in with new healthy (read: smoother) skin from the surrounding tissue. This has become a favorite amongst dermatologists and plastic surgeons due to its effectiveness and low downtime.