Cooler Weather & Lasers: The Perfect Combination

When we think of autumn, we conjure up images of colorful leaves, pumpkins, fresh corn, and frosty nights. Rarely do we think about the effects of colder weather on our skin. Luckily, our skincare experts always have your best interest in mind and recommend adding something else to your picture of the perfect fall: Lasers. Autumn is the ideal time of year to give laser skin resurfacing a try, for all of the following reasons:

1. Protecting Your Skin from Sun Damage will be Easier During the Fall

Laser skin resurfacing makes the skin temporarily more sensitive to sun damage—A side effect that’s much more difficult to work around during the summer months. In the fall, you’ll be able to benefit from the reduction of UVB rays that occurs as the earth tilts away from the sun (provided you live at a higher latitude). You’ll also be able to use the shorter days to your advantage by engaging in outdoor activities after the sun has set.

Just be aware that the lack of UVB radiation doesn’t mean you can skip sun protection altogether: We’re exposed to UVA radiation all year long, so you’ll still need to use sunscreen and cover up after having a laser skin treatment in the fall. You just won’t have to worry about damage occurring as easily with mild to moderate sun exposure.

2. You’ll be Able to “Reset” Your Skin After Summer

Even if you’re a disciplined sunscreen user, it’s not uncommon for some degree of sun damage to occur over the summer months. Consumer-grade sunscreens are not always as effective as they should be (up to 40% of drugstore brands don’t live up to their advertised SPF value), leaving our skin more vulnerable than we realize. Likewise, sunscreen may wash or rub off when we swim or exercise.

Even mild sun damage heavily contributes to the formation of new wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, and areas of flaky or rough skin. If you start seeing more of these problems during the fall, it’s not your imagination playing tricks on you: You’ve sustained some degree of UV damage over the summer, but our Fraxel laser can help. By gently dissolving the uppermost layer of the epidermis (where most UV damage occurs), Fraxel laser treatment can erase many of the signs of photoaging. Laser skin treatments also increase collagen production, making the skin firmer, smoother, and stronger.

3. Your Skin Will be Glowing by Christmas

Having several laser treatments in succession can produce striking results, taking up to five years off the appearance of your skin. However, these treatments need to be spaced several weeks apart in order to give your skin a chance to regenerate between each session. Starting laser treatment in the fall is, therefore, the best way to ensure your skin is completely rejuvenated in time for the holiday season.

 4. You’ll Banish Breakouts

Fall is officially breakout season: During early autumn, our skin continues to produce excess oil, just like it does over the summer months. At the same time, the sudden influx of cooler air causes dryness and irritation. This leads to the development of breakout-prone “combination skin” that doesn’t respond well to topical treatments. Laser treatments, on the other hand, can control even severe breakouts by dissolving dead skin cells, opening the pores, and reducing the number of harmful bacteria on the skin. These treatments can also smooth out acne scars and tame redness and inflammation.

Autumn is already well underway, so if you want to enjoy these benefits, you should act soon: Contact the skincare experts at PSSF to book your laser treatment today.

Press Reset on Your Skin with a Chemical Peel

In a world where skin rejuvenation treatments have become both numerous and complex, the traditional chemical peel is still the preferred choice for many patients. Not only does the chemical peel have a proven track record, it’s uniquely efficient: A single deep peel can prompt dramatic overall rejuvenation. By contrast, most lasers and abrasive devices must be administered several times to create similar results. If you want to press “reset” on your skin in time for Halloween, a chemical peel might be exactly what you’re looking for.

How Do Chemical Peels Work?

Some people are intimidated by the term “chemical peel,” imagining that this procedure involves the use of harsh solvents. Fortunately, this isn’t the case; chemical peels actually use natural, organic acids to gently break down the uppermost layer of the skin. Some chemical peels are made up of lactic acid, for example, the compound that gives sour milk its bitter flavor. Others are comprised of salicylic acid (derived from willow bark) or glycolic acid, which occurs in a number of sucrose-rich plants.

The peeling process is beneficial for skin health in several different ways: First, it exfoliates the pores, dissolving debris that’s become lodged deep within hair follicles and killing bacteria. The acids then slowly remove damaged and discolored skin cells by causing the most superficial layer of the skin to flake off. Finally, while producing a new layer of healthy skin cells (to replace the dead layer that’s been peeled off), the body increases collagen production. This causes some of the most significant anti-aging effects associated with chemical peels: Collagen makes our skin both stronger and firmer, so collagen stimulation can tighten areas of loose skin and smooth away wrinkles. In fact, collagen depletion is responsible for most of the visible signs of aging. (Collagen production gradually decreases after age 30.)

What Conditions Can Chemical Peels Treat?

Chemical peels are used to decrease the frequency and severity of acne breakouts in younger patients. Salicylic acid (BHA) peels are extremely effective when used for this purpose. In fact, research has shown that BHA peels are more adept at fighting acne than any other leading skin rejuvenation treatment. Chemical peels can also be used to minimize the appearance of acne scars.

In more mature patients, chemical peels are used to erase fine lines and wrinkles while improving the skin’s overall firmness and elasticity. They’re also great for treating signs of sun damage, such as areas of thickened, leathery skin and sun spots. Deeper chemical peels can even get rid of spider veins and reduce the redness associated with rosacea. At PSSF, we often use chemical peel therapy on patients who have had facelift surgery. Chemical peels can reverse the superficial signs of aging, while facelift surgery tackles any underlying structural issues.

Administering a chemical peel safely requires a great deal of skill and knowledge. Your plastic surgeon must be able to choose the right strength of peel to meet your needs, without causing you any unexpected discomfort. For this reason, it’s important to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist to administer your chemical peel. Contacting the experts at PSSF to arrange a chemical peel consultation will ensure that your skin rejuvenation journey is stress-free, from beginning to end.