As we age, we often notice that our skin doesn’t look or feel as smooth as it once did. It may look bumpy in certain lighting and makeup can make it look worse instead of better. At Skin Deep Laser MD, Dr. Riehm and her team will assess your skin and offer several options tailored to your specific needs.
We are currently serving the greater Fort Worth, Texas area including Weatherford, Benbrook, Granbury, Burleson, Mansfield, Arlington, Colleyville, Stephenville, Crowley, Keller, and more.
Even if you don’t suffer from acne or breakouts, eczema, psoriasis, or other medical skin conditions, your skin may be getting rougher as you age. Skin cells and collagen are constantly being created, growing old, and being replaced. As we age, this cycle slows down and skin cells are not sloughing off at the surface as fast as they once did.
Likewise, collagen is being damaged by sun exposure and other external and internal elements and is not being replaced as quickly as it once was. The collagen closest to the surface of our skin is rough, bumpy, broken, and damaged.
As these older, damaged cells and structural elements are building up on the surface of our skin, the texture can feel and appear rough, bumpy, and uneven.
Because bad skin texture can be caused by older, dry, and damaged cell buildup at the surface of the skin, there are 2 main pathways you can take to treat the bumpy skin:
Improve the removal of older cells at the surface of the skin, and
Increase new cell production and repair
Remove dead skin cells with good nightly cleansing
Consider additional physical exfoliation with microdermabrasion or dermaplaning
Add both chemical exfoliation AND increase cell turnover with gentle chemical peels
Increase skin cell turnover by adding certain skin care products to your daily regimen
Retinol or Vitamin A
Vitamin C serum
Professional treatments will get you the fastest, most dramatic results and will often address both removal of damaged cells and improving cell turnover in the same treatment.
Microdermabrasion is a process of physically exfoliating dead surface cells using tiny crystals or water (Hydrafacial™). Dermaplaning uses a surgical scalpel to gently remove dead surface cells and fine facial hair (“peach fuzz”).
Chemical peels use a weak acid to loosen dead skin cells and debris so they slough right off. This leaves your new, fresh skin intact underneath. Chemical peels also stimulate more rapid cell turnover and can be tailored to address additional skin conditions such as pigment, breakouts, dryness, fine lines, wrinkles, and more.
Microdermabrasion and dermaplaning are often used with chemical peels to intensify both treatments and maximize results. These are no-downtime treatments that leave your skin with an immediate fresh, healthy glow. Your best results will come from regular treatments, but you will notice improvement with just one.
Lasers are a fabulous way to improve skin texture quickly and dramatically. There are multiple options in laser technology for skin resurfacing and rejuvenation, and many modern lasers are not only safe for all skin types, they are also comfortable, come with little to no downtime, and are surprisingly inexpensive!
At Skin Deep Laser MD, we like using a PicoSure™Laser for amazing results with no downtime, an ICON™ Laser for even more dramatic results (especially if you also have scarring) and only 1-3 days of mild redness/puffiness, or a SmartSkin+™ CO2 Laser for major resurfacing treatment.
In this video, Dr. Riehm discusses treatment options for correcting skin texture: https://youtu.be/y9bNSXhHTEU
If you are seeking professional treatments for texture issues, you will also want to add several prescription-strength skin care products for home use.
Retinol, or vitamin A, increases skin cell turnover and natural exfoliation, improves tone, texture, pigment, decreases breakouts and increases production of collagen.
Vitamin C serum is a necessary ingredient for the production of collagen, helps fade pigment and adds an extra layer of sun protection. It helps lighten, brighten and tighten the skin!
If you have resilient, healthy skin, you may want to use a cleanser with a light acid such as glycolic or salicylic, but be very careful. It’s easy to over use these products and damage the delicate skin barrier, Once or twice a week with these cleansers is usually plenty.
8 easy and inexpensive ways to improve skin texture at home:
Plenty of water
Good nightly cleansing/light exfoliation
Limit sun exposure and always use sunscreen
Increase skin cell turnover by adding certain medical-grade skin care products to your daily regimen
Vitamin C serum
If home treatments aren’t giving you the smooth skin you desire and you are ready to up your self-care game, schedule a consultation with Dr. Riehm and our team by calling 817-263-7546 or booking an appointment online. We’ll help you regain your confidence in your skin.