DIY vs. Medical Grade

Posted on September 5th, by The Skiny in Dermatological Advice. No Comments

DIY vs. Medical Grade

Cosmotechnology: DIY vs. Medical Grade

Written by Kelsey McGillis

It seems like every day we get closer to the future that Sci-Fi movies once predicted. And while we may not have the flying cars of Back to the Future, or supercomputer HAL from 2001: A Space odyssey, by any standards, 2018 is an advanced year in tech. Technology doesn’t only dominate our cars, homes and computers anymore – it’s become much more personal. Take the beauty industry, now ruled by magnetic lashes, foundation-matching software, and perhaps most prominently – skin saving lasers. From laser hair removal, to spider vein treatments, lasers are more popular than ever. But what dangers should you be aware of? We checked in with skincare expert Dr. Lisa Kellett to find out.

You’ve likely seen many laser devices available for at-home use, as they seem to be taking over drugstore shelves. With promises of ease and cheapness, who wouldn’t pick one up? However, when it comes to DIY laser treatments for anti-aging or acne….things might be too good to be true. When it comes to the health of your skin, opting for a physician- led, in-office treatment is your best bet.  “They both get you from A to B,” says Dr.Kellett, “but the in-office procedure is significantly superior and will get you there faster and more effectively.”

Not only are at-home laser options significantly less effective, they may actually be detrimental to your skin’s health. As Dr. Kellett says, “Laser and light therapy, Injectable treatments and skin treatments including peels and spot treatments should be overseen by a physician. Having a physician on site means that medical best-practices are in place and should anything go wrong a doctor is available to rectify the problem.” In other words, just because you technically can do it yourself, doesn’t mean you should.

Laser treatments are a great option for a variety of skin ailments, from aging to acne to scars. However, a proper treatment plan should be followed to ensure you’re not wasting your time, money and energy on treatments that ultimately don’t work…. Or worse yet, cause you harm. No matter how good at-home-treatments are becoming, consulting a medical professional from a reputable clinic is a practice we should bring with us into the future.


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