Plenty of people enjoy putting on makeup and love the way they look wearing it. For some, though, makeup can simultaneously be a crutch and a burden. If you’re unhappy with your skin’s natural appearance, you might rely heavily on makeup to cover up acne, even out your skin tone, and/or reduce the appearance of wrinkles. And the time and money you spend concealing everything you dislike about your skin could be spent on other things. Applying too much makeup can also create a vicious cycle that prevents your skin from achieving full health, as some products can clog pores and irritate your skin.
Even if you adore makeup, you want your skin to look and feel its best. Here are five ways cosmetic dermatology treatments can help you look great whether or not you put on makeup.
1. Clear Up Acne
When you break out in acne, your first instinct might be to conceal your zits with makeup. However, covering up pimples and acne scars is merely a temporary solution -- one that can actually impede your body’s natural healing process. If you want to clear up your skin, you must get at the root of the issue. Various cosmetic skin treatments can reduce acne and associated scarring (as well as other skin conditions). These include chemical peels, dermabrasion, laser therapies, and more.
2. Reduce Wrinkles
As people develop wrinkles with age, they might use more and more makeup to smooth out their facial features. While this method can do the trick for a while, it requires some skill and doesn’t come cheap (good makeup can be expensive.) Fortunately, advances in cosmetic dermatology have made it possible to reduce wrinkles in a number of ways. Injectable dermal fillers containing hyaluronic acid, for instance, can hydrate and fill out the skin, smoothing out lines and wrinkles wherever they may be. These solutions aren’t permanent, but they can drastically improve your skin’s appearance without the need for excessive makeup.
3. Stimulate Collagen Production
One of the reasons our skin loses its youthful appearance over time is that it starts to produce less collagen than before. Collagen is an important protein that, among other things, gives skin its structure and helps it heal. Cosmetic dermatologists have found ways to stimulate collagen production via methods such as microneedling (also known as dermarolling.) This collagen induction therapy (CIT) can reduce acne scars, sun spots, wrinkles and lines, stretch marks, and more.
4. Emphasize Eyelashes
When putting makeup on, people often focus heavily on their eyes. But it’s not just the eyelids and areas underneath the eyes that people target-- they might also attempt to enhance their eyelashes to complete the look. While mascara and artificial lashes can help achieve this goal, there are other ways to emphasize your eyelashes without the need for makeup, such as Latisse©. Latisse eyelash treatment might not be right for everyone, but it has been proven to lengthen and thicken eyelashes over the course of several weeks or months for some patients.
5. Remove Unwanted Hair
Makeup is also sometimes used to conceal light hairs on the face, particularly above the lip and on the chin. Of course, shaving and waxing are also common methods to get rid of unwanted hair, but these solutions are temporary. For longer-lasting results, you might consider laser hair removal instead. Multiple treatments are usually required to achieve the best results, but when properly administered and maintained, you can enjoy hair-free skin where you want it for 6-12 months or longer between treatments.
If you’d rather spend less time and money on makeup and more time feeling confident in your natural skin, consider these cosmetic skin treatments mentioned above. Premier Dermatology Partners can give you more information on these solutions and more. And to learn more about our providers and all the services we offer, contact us today.