Have you ever heard that you can’t use certain skincare procedures to tighten dark skin? Well, that’s absolutely true. If your skin is dark, you are automatically a bad candidate for some forms of skin tightening treatments. However, that doesn’t mean that your only option is surgery. There are plenty of less invasive types of skin tightening that work fine on dark skin. All you have to do is understand what to look out for.
Try to Avoid Having Any Sort of Peel
There are several different types of “peel” procedures used to tighten the skin. Laser peels, chemical peels, and microdermabrasion are a few of them. They are also sometimes called skin resurfacing procedures.
The problem with skin resurfacing on dark skin is that those with dark skin also tend to have skin that is quite oily. When the heat of the lasers or the chemicals involved get to the excessive oils, they can burn your skin. Furthermore, any peel procedure will irritate the oil glands and pores, which might cause even more oil to be produced by your skin. That can easily lead to acne outbreaks.
Don’t Have Procedures Done That Damage Melanocytes
If you have never heard of a melanocyte before, they are the things in your skin that make melanin. Melanin is what makes your skin the color that it is. Every person on Earth has melanocytes and melanin, but we all have different melanin distributions. Dark skinned people in particular are susceptible to having their melanin patterns changed easily by things like getting too much sun, or having certain skincare procedures, such as treatment with cosmetic lasers or chemical peels.
Your melanocytes are usually near the surface of your skin. So, a good rule of thumb is to be careful about or totally avoid any treatments that act on the skin cells nearest to the surface. Instead, look for treatments that work on the deeper layers of skin and do so in a more gentle way.
Sound Wave Treatments Could Work for You
One category of treatments that may be safe for you if your skin is dark is the sound wave procedure category. That includes radio frequency treatments, as well as ultrasound procedures. The point of either method is to use sound waves to stimulate your cells into making more of their own natural strengtheners and defenses, such as collagen. The nice thing is that those treatments don’t produce a lot of heat, irritate oil glands, or cause pigment problems by disrupting melanin patterns within your skin cells.
Obviously, these are just some of the treatments to avoid or to try, as the case may be. For a complete picture of what your options are, the best thing to do is to consult your local clinic or your own dermatologist. They can tell you about each option that is available to you and the good and bad points of each, including costs and potential side effects. Once you have a full understanding of your options, choosing the right one should be much easier.