Sometimes trouble skin can persist despite your best efforts. Even if you eat well, exercise, and make sure that your skin is moisturized and cleansed every single day it might not be enough. If you are doing everything that you can to lead a healthy lifestyle and you still don’t see any improvement in your skin you may need to take further steps in order to get the type of results that you deserve in the health and appearance of your skin. Even if what you’re doing hasn’t worked there are skincare treatments that you can undergo in order to repair and improve the state of your skin.
1. Laser treatments
If you have age spots, acne, crow’s feet, wrinkles, sun damage, scars, birthmarks, or other flaws in the surface you may want to give laser resurfacing a try.
How does laser resurfacing work?
Lasers are targeted at the skin and remove layers from it. The light beams remove the epidermis (the outer layer of the skin) and heat the dermis (the layer underneath the skin). The removal of the epidermis gets rid of the damaged skin and heating the dermis provides a new layer of skin with stimulation so that the new collagen fibers can replace the old layer.
There are two different methods of laser resurfacing that are used; carbon dioxide lasers and erbium lasers. CO2 lasers send ultra-pulse light beams to the skin. These short pulses of light energy remove thin layers from the skin and are usually used to combat wrinkles, warts, and scars. Erbium is known to have fewer side effects than CO2 and is used for deeper wrinkles, scars, and other moderate imperfections.
The negatives of undergoing laser treatments:
Pain- one of the things that people worry most about is the pain that is associated with laser treatment. Many who undergo the treatment compare the pain to a sharp prickling sensation; however, the benefits of laser resurfacing outweigh the discomfort experienced during the 30-45 minute sessions.
Swelling- the recovery process can go anywhere from 10-21 days. Your skin may swell from the impact caused by the lasers. Your physician may prescribe steroids to help take down the swelling or you can use an ice pack.
Infection- bacterial infections may occur after the treatment is administered. It could also lead to the resurfacing of sores caused by the herpes virus.
Cost- while laser resurfacing is highly effective it is very costly. In general the prices can run anywhere from $3,000-$5,000.
2. Concentrated topical products
If you are just using drugstore products to care for your skin you may need to up the strength of the products that you are using. If you have severe acne or extremely damaged skin you need to do more for your skin and use high strength products that the average person. In order to address your needs you to research products that are tailored to fight your skincare problems and add these products into your daily skincare regime.
A few tips to help you choose the right products are to read as many reviews on the product as you can. Look at the ingredients used in every product that you use from this point on to make sure they are non-irritating and effective for your skincare concerns. There are active ingredients that you should look for depending on what your skincare concerns are.
For acne look for:
• Salicylic acid- helps to rid the skin of acne causing bacteria and unblock pores.
• Sulfur- gets rid of excess oil (one cause of acne) and clears away dead skin cells.
• Alpha hydroxyl acids- these acids are added to the skin in order to stimulate the growth of new skin cells, reduce inflammation, and remove dead skin cells.
For wrinkles look for:
• Retinol- this is a concentrated ingredient that derives from vitamin A. It smooths the surface of the skin and improves its texture.
• Antioxidants- they help to combat the damage of free radicals to the skin and improve the radiance of your skin
For dark spots and hyperpigmentation look for:
• Hyaluronic acid- this is a substance that naturally occurs in the body and is known to speed up the healing properties of tissue and skin. Juvabrite is a skin brightening product by Solvaderm contains this ingredient and is beloved by consumers who want to erase dark spots and wrinkles on their skin; you can learn more about this product here.
• Activated vitamin C- a study by the US National Center for Biotechnology Information shows that vitamin C has properties that brighten the skin and reduce hyperpigmentation on the skin.
3. Oral medication
Oral medication may be an option that you want to explore, especially if you have severe acne. You will need to see a physician in order to have a prescription administered to you. Many people try to shy away from taking pills for skin problems but if you’ve exhausted all of you other options this could be effective.

Author's Bio: 

Margaux Diaz is a social development worker who spends her free time pondering and writing about Health and Beauty. She resides in Philippines with her family and works for many organizations. She loves gathering information from various sources regarding Health and Beauty. She is an inspirational writer who strongly believes in the power of self-motivation. She is contributing to Consumer Health Digest since five years. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter