One area of your body that you may not think much about is your skin. It’s ever-changing as skin cells die off and regenerate constantly. When not properly taken care of, these dead skin cells can build up overtime— something that can become detrimental to the health of your skin. Join us as we discuss why it’s essential that these dead cells are removed.
What Causes Dead Skin Cell Buildup?
Did you know that all the cells in your body have an expiration date? These cells are constantly replenishing themselves, and it’s estimated that your skin cells completely replace themselves about every 24 months.
While some old cells are exfoliated naturally in your day-to-day activities, this gives ample opportunity for those dead skin cells to build up on different parts of your body. Here’s a few of the most common reasons dead skin sticks around:
Drying Out – If you don’t moisturize your skin properly, it can dry out and become less effective at naturally shedding dead skin cells.
Getting Older – As we age, our skin loses its ability to rid itself of dead skin cells, and they start to build up.
Sun Damage – If you have spent a lifetime in the sun, your skin may be less healthy, dried out, and unable to shed dead cells.
Weather – Certain weather conditions like dry, cold air can affect your body’s ability to get rid of those old, dead cells.
Skin Conditions – People with eczema and psoriasis may have a more difficult time shedding dead skin cells.
How To Remove Dead Skin Cells
The good news: removing dead skin cells is not hard at all; it’s done through a process called exfoliation. Exfoliation is highly beneficial to your skin and should be performed regularly along with your other skincare regimens.
Exfoliation can be performed in a variety of different ways using special products, devices, and professional exfoliation treatments.
The Benefits of Exfoliation
One of the nicest benefits of regular exfoliation is younger-looking skin that glows. This youthful, glowy appearance comes from increased blood circulation in the skin, improved skin texture, and acne prevention that exfoliation promotes. Exfoliation also evens out your skin tone, stimulates collagen production, and reduces dryness and itchiness.
The Best Exfoliation Treatments
Although some people find that home remedies or select products work pretty well, the most effective and best exfoliation treatments are those you get at a professional skin care facility.
An enzyme facial feels like a spa treatment meant to pamper you and your skin. Enzyme facials dissolve flaky dead cells, promote cell rejuvenation, stimulate collagen production, and help restore your skin’s elasticity. After this treatment, you will feel like a brand-new person with smooth, hydrated skin and a fresh, youthful glow.
Another very effective method of exfoliation is a chemical peel. A chemical peel works by applying a chemical solution to your face and neck area. The solution exfoliates, and the layer of dead skin peels off to reveal a much smoother, younger, and less wrinkled image. This type of exfoliation works great on sun-damaged skin, acne or pockmarks, age spots, freckles, Rosacea, wrinkles, poor skin tone or texture, and helps with the effects of aging.
Microdermabrasion is when your clinician passes a small wand over your skin, gently “sanding” dead skin cells away with tiny crystals. The process also removes damaged skin, and once complete, you are left with a healthier, glowing layer of skin. Microdermabrasion works great on acne scars, fine lines, dark spots, sun damage, and signs of aging.
Dermaplaning is an exfoliation treatment where your specialist uses a razor-like blade to scrape away the top layer of skin along with any peach fuzz. It’s one of the most effective treatments there are for removing dead skin cells and leaves you with radiant, baby-smooth skin. It’s also quick and painless!
All of these state of the art exfoliation treatments are available here at Academic Alliance in Dermatology! Be on your way to youthful, glowing skin and book your appointment today or talk to one of our expert dermatologists to learn more about the treatment you’re interested in.