DON’T Try This at Home: 3 Skin Care Treatments Best Left to the Professionals

DON’T Try This at Home: 3 Skin Care Treatments Best Left to the Professionals

Mar '20

If you want something done right, you must do it yourself.”

The quote above may be true for a number of things—but advanced skin care treatments need not apply.

Scroll through your newsfeed on any popular social platform and it won’t be long before you come across a do-it-yourselfer’s “at-home skin remedy” blog post or video tutorial— claiming to “transform your skin” while purportedly saving you a pretty penny. Though at-home skin care treatments like face masks and exfoliating body scrubs are, for the most part, safe to perform in the comfort of your own bathroom, certain treatments are best left to the professionals.

Depending on what treatment is being attempted, poorly performed skin therapies come with a host of repercussions—including scarring, chemical burns or worse.

Westchester’s Best skin care experts at SkinCenter weigh in on some of the most popular DIY skincare treatments today to warn of the implications of performing these professional-grade treatments at-home…

1) Dermabrasion

Dermabrasion is, quite literally, resurfacing your skin by removing its superficial layers. When performed correctly by a trained professional, the results include a smoother, more radiant complexion. Done incorrectly, and you can end up with a face full of abrasions that can easily end up infected or cause permanent scarring.

2) Chemical Peels

When receiving treatment from a qualified skin care expert, chemical peels are a fabulous option for those looking to improve the overall quality and pigment of the skin. Performed by an untrained individual lacking the skill and knowledge necessary for such a treatment, chemical peels can result in severe and significant chemical burns to the skin that can, unfortunately, last a lifetime.

3) Extractions

Perhaps you’ve come across Dr. Pimple Popper on social media. Unfortunately, the ability to keep your eyes on the screen during some of the most grueling extractions witnessed by man, does not qualify you to perform your own extractions safely. Even with professional-grade extracting tools, it takes years of training and practical experience to safely and properly extract blackheads, whiteheads, cystic acne and more. Though we understand you can’t run to SkinCenter or your dermatologist every time you get a pimple, picking at your skin can results in permanent scarring, at worst; and at best, pushes bacteria to the surrounding skin—causing infection and/or additional breakouts. Your next best option is to simply leave the pimple or blackhead alone, and allow your body to clear it up naturally.

Turn to Westchester’s Best skin care experts for all your skin care needs—right here at our conveniently located SkinCenter. Contact us today to discuss your skin concerns and get started on a treatment plan best suited to your skin’s unique needs.

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