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How to Care for Your Skin After Botox, Peels and More - Terri

A quick zap, a prick of a needle, and a zhush here can create the difference between good skin and great skin. But, for as much good as professional procedures offer, you can’t discount the aftercare they require.


Botox

What it is: An injectable neurotoxin that temporarily reduces the look of wrinkles and expression lines. In addition to Botox, other FDA-approved neurotoxins include Dysport, Xeomin, and Jeuveau.

How it works: The toxin blocks nerve activity and paralyzes the muscle. Once the muscle can no longer contract, wrinkles and lines in a localized area relax.


Post-treatment care: You can resume your routine pretty quickly, but there are tricks to reducing redness and bruising


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Chemical Peels

What they are: Acid-based peels that accelerate the rate at which the skin naturally exfoliates.

How they work: Peels are a quick and easy skin refresh. They remove dead surface cells to improve the skin while stimulating collagen. Commonly used acids include lactic and citric for a light exfoliation, glycolic to treat wrinkles and minimal hyperpigmentation, salicylic acid for acne, and TCA for more prominent pigment and signs of aging.


Post-treatment care: Avoid retinol, glycolic and salicylic acids, along with vitamin C since redness, flaking, and dryness can occur. Keep the skin hydrated and load up on peptides (found in this toner) for resilient skin. “The goal is for acne and pigment not to reappear, so aftercare is important,”


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Microdermabrasion

What it is: A quick, painless, and downtime-free exfoliating treatment that improves skin tone and texture.

How it works: Microdermabrasion uses a diamond-tipped jet plus suction to buff away the outermost layer of skin. As a result, it minimizes the look of sun damage, spots, lines, and acne scars and allows products to absorb better.


Post-treatment care: A gentle cleanser, sunscreen, and moisturizer will keep the skin looking fresh. Since microdermabrasion works wonders on scars, scar treatments further minimize their texture and color.


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Microneedling

What it is: Microneedling is a minimally invasive treatment that improves acne scars, enlarged pores, and sun-ravaged skin.

How it works: Tiny needles are methodically ‘stamped’ into the skin via a mechanical device, which makes small holes to injure the skin safely. As the skin heals, it produces collagen.


Post-treatment care: The skin must be kept clean and hydrated. It’s best to swap your regular cleanser for a soap-free one to reduce any irritation. “When there are micro-injuries in the skin, be careful about what you are applying because it can travel into the skin, which can lead to granulomas, infection, and dark spots,”


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