Tired "Dull" Complexion
Vibrant skin has always been in vogue. Our predecessors at the dawn of the 20th century got their glow from then-newly-discovered radium. This highly radioactive element was slathered on faces, courtesy of skin creams.
As if that wasn’t enough, ads for Radior Chin Straps proclaimed “radio-active forces immediately take effect on the nerves and tissues” after a continuous current of energy is applied and flows into a tired skin. For those with so-called “radium necrosis” dull skin would be the least of their worries -- as jaws began to disintegrate and tumors developed.
Fortunately, solutions for a dull visage have come a long way from the days when the cure was a far, far worse thing than the problem.
From Luminous to Lackluster
New skin cells are born in the lower epidermis, where they travel to the surface and slough off. As we get older, this journey takes longer. Dead skin cells build up on the epidermis. This creates both a tired “dull” complexion and a sandpaper-like texture.
Such intrinsic aging happens to us all; the time when age shows up on our face is written in our DNA.
We can influence what's called "extrinsic" aging, environmental and lifestyle factors causing us to look older than our chronological years.
Factors you can control include:
- Exposure to Ultraviolet light from the sun or tanning beds
- Smoking (depletes skin of vital nutrients by decreasing blood flow)
- Diet - Vitamin C-rich and light on unhealthy fats, processed carbs
- Care - should be gentle (avoid harsh soaps, scrubbing, hot baths)
Dull complexion solutions Toronto
Retinoids may be prescribed by physicians; they take direct aim at slow skin cell turnover by speeding up this process to make way for new, bright skin.
But some of the most effective treatments can't be found in a bottle, and require the expertise of professionals. They include:
- Chemical peels, which use a customized solution to remove lifeless-looking outer layers of skin, revealing vibrant new skin underneath
- Lytera, physician prescribed skin brightening agent.
- Clear + Brilliant
- Fraxel Laser
While some techniques are only available at our office, Cosmetic Dermatology on Bloor equips you with skin-brightening ideas to take home with you. Find out why our practice is the dull complexion solutions Toronto provider by calling 416-922-6869.
We put academic qualifications, many years of combined experience, and training in a variety of special interest areas to work for your healthy, radiant skin. Our providers – Drs. Schachter, Hanna, Curtis, Abdulla, Pollack, and Taradash – welcome new patients for treatment at the Dermatology on Bloor practice on Park Road in Toronto. Our team is here to serve your needs
Real Patients, Real Results!
Dermatology on Bloor has been recognized by Consumer's Choice as a top cosmetic dermatology clinic in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014