What Harsh Skin Treatments are REALLY Doing to Your Face

Rachael Explains What Harsh Anti Aging Skin Treatments Do

Skin care treatments can be tough on our skin. And unfortunately we only see the instant results and how glowing our skin looks right after.¬†But what about the long-term effects? What do these harsh treatments really do to our skin?¬†Rachael D’Aguiar explains more.

There are some treatments which, thank goodness, seem to be on their way out the door, when it comes to professional skin clinics giving these treatments.

One of them in particular is microdermabrasion. Now I had my own skin care clinic for about 10 years, at the height of microdermabrasion, and I just never went there. I didn’t even know what a telomere was back then but it just didn’t feel right to me, when somebody came in and said ‘Hey, tell me about sand-blasting my face off!’, it just didn’t feel right.

Now I remember doing some research at the time about inflammation, and anytime you cause inflammation on the skin, you begin something called the arachidonic acid cascade.

Now I’m not here to try to use big words and bamboozle you.

Essentially what it does, is it brings out enzymes in your skin which eat collagen, hyaluronic acid and elastin, which are all the things that you’re actually trying to produce and that’s because you’re damaging your skin, and it’s going into alert mode.

So not only are you damaging it, causing inflammation and going into ‘alert mode’, but that healing process that we talked about that requires cellular division also has to speed up.

Now the only reason that your skin may feel good after a dermabrasion treatment is because at a microscopic level, your cells are inflamed, really you’ve just sandblasted them. So you might go “Oh my gosh my wrinkles look a little bit less…” you’re all plumped out, yeah I’m not going to argue with you on that one, of course you’re plumped out. But what I need to let you know is the long-term damage that you’re doing to your skin with a treatment like that is just not worth the payoff.

Now, I believe this is why skin care is now moving to a more intelligent way to deal with aging, and epigenetic skin care and working on genes at a cellular level is much safer and effective, it’s less violent, and it’s the best way to deal with skin care.

If you remember way back to the eighties, and I remember it for some reason, because I was a little bit younger back then, thank goodness, it was on the news, about women using acid on their faces, and it was groundbreaking that people would do that. And it was sort of okay, and people were getting rid of just dead skin cells and top surface and things, and then, humans being humans, we wanted bigger, better, harder, more violent, until glycolic acid was burning holes in women’s faces. And someone went “Oh, stop. Maybe that’s not a good idea because we’re scarring our clients.” So we kind of got rid of that, but instead of moving right away from it, we just
got better and more refined acids.

Again, a little bit is a good thing, but it’s not one of those things, where more is better. We can’t melt any more of our faces off than we are without causing irrevocable damage. We can’t blast any harder than we are – we’re
already doing damage by doing that. So I’m really pleased that the majority of intelligent, informed and educated skin practitioners are looking for ways to treat your skin, other than being violent towards it. And if you’re doing your own treatments and your own research, harder is not better. I know sometimes we really want to see and feel a result instantly, but that result that we want is not pain, and it’s certainly not inflammation.

About The Author

Katherine Baltazar

I am a media reporter writing for the Hair, Beauty and Spa Industry. I've been writing and covering salons, beauty products and hair treatments for the pace 5 years.