Skin care treatments
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.
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.