Five trending facial treatments that are damaging your skin

The skin is the largest organ in your body and the most noticeable part about a person’s body. This is why it is so essential to maintain your skin’s health with daily care and skin treatments. However, the skin is often taken for granted until there is a noticeable problem. This leads to people seeking quick fixes and instant results with trending treatments that promise to heal skin concerns overnight but in reality, they could be doing more harm than good.

Chief scientific officer of Dermoi Eve Casha (MSc Pharmaceutical Formulation) has reviewed the top facial treatments on the market and given evidence on the harmful and damaging effects, hand-picking the treatments that have proven to be damaging to the skin.

Microdermabrasion  

Microdermabrasion is one of the most popular skincare treatments on the market. It acts as a dead skin remover. However, with microdermabrasion, you will see a very temporary smoothing of the skin’s surface from exfoliating it, but it does nothing to change the skin on a cellular level. Microdermabrasion gives temporary results that have long-lasting damaging and ageing effects.

HydraFacial

Another current trending facial treatment on the market now is the HydraFacial. In the HydraFacial procedure, hydra-dermabrasion is combined with chemical peeling and extraction. The treatment also includes multiple passes, so you are not doing this just once, you are doing it four times. As a result of the multiple passes, there is extreme potential to leave people red, raw, and sensitive. The potential irritation this can cause could even worsen existing skin conditions and cause lasting damage.

Dermaplaning

The problem with dermaplaning is that the treatment needs to be repeated at least weekly. Repeatedly shaving off the skin barrier will cause damage to the epidermis as well as heightening the symptoms of acne. Any physical deep penetration on the skin runs the risk of also altering the pigmentation, all of which contributes to quickening the signs of ageing.

Deep facial peels

Medium and deep chemical peels can lead to premature skin ageing. Regular usage will thin the skin and cause it to sag, making patients look much older. The deeper down that you exfoliate the skin, the more damage you are causing. When you get so far down to the dermis, you get past your stem cell layer and reach the skin’s collagen supplies. Penetrating this deep causes damage to the skin’s collagen. This temporarily increases collagen production leading to temporary aesthetic benefits, but in the long run the damage far outweighs the benefits.

Deep microneedling

While microneedling can be an amazing tool to increase collagen production, when needles are too long and procedures are done incorrectly it leads to scars and can increase hyperpigmentation. This is extremely probable on acne-prone skin and deeper skin tones.

In conclusion, the reason these treatments have grown in popularity is due to the instant results that they can produce. However, any changes from instant results treatments, such as the ones named above, are temporary. Dermoi’s chief scientific officer, Eve Casha, has found that while these treatments may appear to improve the symptoms of your skin condition, they do nothing to treat the root cause.

The moment you stop using instant result skincare products or treatments, the problem you had in the first place will re-occur. More often than not, the problem will return much worse than before.