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Seven Reasons Your Skin is Flaking and How to Fix It

Is your skin dry, red and flaking? If you’ve overdone it with certain skin-care products, you might have done more harm that good. Here’s what you need to know. [Source: NewBeauty.com]

What It’s From: A harsh peel, product mixing or overusing alcohol or acid-based skin-care.

How It Happens: Anything that’s too harsh and drying for the skin causes it to become sensitized, which can keep it from functioning optimally. Chemical peels do wonders in terms of exfoliation, but a common side effect of them is peeling and flaking. Overusing ingredients, mostly those that are for acne or anti-aging, like retinol and glycolic and salicylic acids, can cause a similar effect, leading to peeling, flaking and even a mild burning. “The skin often flakes after it has experienced some degree of inflammation, signaling that the inflammation is over,” says Manhattan Beach, CA, dermatologist Ashley Magovern, MD.

How To Fix It: Any time the skin has been abused, is dry and compromised, you need to change what you’re using.

At Home Remedies:

  • Switch to a gentle non-foaming, fragrance-free cleanser. Next, apply a light hydrator (lotion or serum) to provide moisture.
  • Skip drying toners, which can dry out the skin. You want to get the skin to a point where it can ‘breathe’ again, so that it doesn’t become congested and lead to even more problems.

Doctor’s Orders: When all else fails, apply a low-does topical steroid cream to the affected areas for a few days. Make sure that you don’t overuse the cream because it can cause acne and a rebound in redness. Check with your dermatologist or plastic surgeon on this one.

Male patient receiving an Emsculpt NEO treatment to the abdominal area.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can EMSCULPT NEO do for me?

EMSCULPT NEO is an amazing noninvasive body sculpting treatment. It’s perfect for patients who are looking to get summer body ready! With this state-of-the-art, two-in-one technology, you build muscle and burn fat at the same time! This treatment provides a 30% reduction in subcutaneous fat and 25% growth in muscle on the treated area after a recommended number of treatments.

How does EMSCULPT NEO work?

While you lie down and relax, EMSCULPT NEO sends high-intensity energies deep below your skin, making your muscles contract in a big way that is like doing thousands of crunches or squats in a few minutes. While your muscles are contracting, the energy from the applicator simultaneously sends warmth to your fat cells, heating them up to the point of destruction. So you build real muscle from the contractions while destroying fat cells that are later naturally eliminated by your body.

How many EMCULPT NEO treatments will I need?

The recommended treatment plan is 4-6 treatments, one week apart. Depending on the patient, you may see improvement in your muscle tone, core strength and posture within a few weeks. And you’ll see fat reduction continue for about 12 weeks after your last treatment.

Are there any patients for whom you do not recommend EMSCULPT NEO?

EMSCULPT NEO is great because it has been shown to be safe and approved for all body and skin types. Contraindications include hernia, recent surgery, and pregnancy, so if a patient has any of these conditions, they should wait until they don’t to get EMSCULPT NEO.

What is the difference between CoolSculpting and EMSCULPT NEO?

CoolSculpting is a well-known treatment that is excellent for reducing unwanted fat in targeted areas. EMSCULPT NEO also reduces fat, but it has the benefit of building muscle, which is what its predecessor EMSCULPT was made to do.

Which treatment you choose depends on what your body needs and your personal goals. If you have great muscle tone and only need to get rid of some extra fat in a specific area like your abdomen or below your chin, CoolSculpting is an excellent option. But if you have loss of muscle tone and need more of a lift or tightening to a certain area like your abs or butt, EMSCULPT NEO is your two-in-one solution.

What is your favorite thing about EMSCULPT NEO?

Not only is this treatment super convenient with one treatment lasting only 30 minutes, but there is also no downtime! Patients can go about their day as they normally would immediately after their visit.

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