Other Things That Happen to Your Skin Besides Wrinkles

When it comes to visible changes in your skin, wrinkles — and wrinkle treatments — seem to get all the attention. But your skin can undergo a lot of other changes that can make you feel more self-conscious and less attractive. 

At Chicque Aesthetics, our team is skilled in an array of innovative skin treatments, including skin resurfacing treatments aimed at restoring more beautiful, healthier-looking skin. Yes, skin resurfacing can treat wrinkles — but it can help with plenty of other skin issues, too, including these six.

#1: Scars

Scars may look unattractive, but they’re actually part of your skin’s defense mechanism. When an area is injured, your skin goes to great lengths to lie down a new layer of protective tissue. 

Often, your skin reacts by laying down a thicker-than-normal layer of strong fibrous tissue — not just to repair the area, but to help protect it against future damage. This tissue tends to feel different than the surrounding skin, and it often looks darker, lighter, or even shinier than surrounding skin.

Traumas like cuts and burns can leave scars. But so can common skin conditions like acne, the most common skin problem in the United States. In fact, many people who no longer have acne breakouts still feel self-conscious and unhappy as a result of their remaining scars. Scars tend to become more visible as you age and your skin loses its natural plumpness and volume.

#2: Stretch marks

Stretch marks form when your skin expands relatively quickly, usually as a result of weight gain or muscle growth. These marks occur when collagen and elastin fibers — two components that help skin stay firm, resilient, and flexible — are stretched beyond their normal capacity, causing them to rupture. 

Hormones may also play a role in some stretch mark formation, which is one reason why these marks commonly appear during adolescence. 

#3: Pigmentation changes

Your skin contains pigment that gives it its color. Hyperpigmentation is a condition where the skin has an excess of pigment in specific areas, while hypopigmentation refers to unusually light areas of skin where there is an absence of natural pigments. 

You might develop changes in pigmentation as a result of scarring or from an underlying skin condition, like vitiligo, a relatively common cause of hypopigmentation in people with darker skin tones. 

Infections and inflammatory conditions can also cause skin pigment changes. In people with certain underlying issues, exposure to the sun can make pigment changes more visible.

#4: Melasma

Melasma is a type of hyperpigmentation that tends to appear on the forehead, cheeks, chin, and nose. Researchers believe it’s triggered by hormones, and it occurs very commonly during pregnancy (earning it the nickname, “the mask of pregnancy”).

#5: Brown spots

Also called age spots or liver spots, brown spots tend to appear more often with age in areas where the pigment (or melanin) clumps together. Brown spots often appear in areas that have a lot of sun exposure, like your face or the backs of your hands.

#6: Uneven skin tone or texture

We all want our skin to feel smooth and sexy, but there are plenty of issues that can cause rough patches in the skin’s surface. Eczema and psoriasis are two common skin conditions that can cause rough areas to form. 

As you get older, you might develop seborrheic keratosis. These brown, scaly patches often appear in areas where you had a lot of sun exposure when you were younger. 

Custom treatment for more beautiful skin

Skin resurfacing and other techniques offered by our team can be completely customized based on your needs and goals, so you can get the beautiful results you want and deserve. To learn more about the treatment options we provide at our Greenwich, Connecticut, practice, call the office or book an appointment online, and take the next step toward more beautiful skin.

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