A relatively new skin condition has evolved-many doctors call it “over-processed” skin. As the name implies, over-processed skin is caused by an excess of invasive treatments. The skin is so abused that eventually it loses its natural properties-from its appearance to its capacity to heal.
• looks like paper and is void of vital energy;
• displays an uneven color or a great deal of redness;
• is flaky even after exfoliation;
• may exhibit a shine though it is actually dehydrated and taut;
• causes wrinkles and lines prematurely especially around the eyes and upper cheeks.
Too many chemical peels, excessive dermabrasion and maybe even excessive or unsuccessful surgery have affected the skin to the extent that the natural vital flow of energy is blocked. This can create two negative conditions:
• the stripping of trace minerals essential to natural osmosis within the skin layers
• proper fluid movement.
As blood, lymph and water no longer flow properly, the skin is lacking nutrients. Oxygenation does not reach all the layers of the skin. Elimination of toxins is affected. In short, the skin has lost its capacity to hydrate and to heal from within. More procedures only aggravate the condition and skin products no longer produce their former effects.
The very existence of this condition is a sad but very good demonstration of what happens when the skin is not respected for the organ it is, and when it is treated as if it were a mere piece of cloth.
Holistically minded estheticians are alert to these risks and educate their customers that more invasive treatments are not better.
Prevention and Restoration of Over-Processed Skin
Let’s remember that major skin conditions do not erupt overnight unless they are related to food intolerance, chemical poisoning, or infection. Undesirable esthetic manifestations evolve progressively.
It is important to know how to read the signs your skin is giving you. Most skin conditions, including over-processed skin, can be remedied favorably when they are addressed at their early stage. Of course, the knowledgeable esthetician knows how to recognize the root cause of esthetic manifestations and how to select the appropriate energetic tools to use.
Benign conditions left untreated can become chronic over time. This increases the difficulty of resolving them by natural solutions. Often, adjustments to lifestyle must parallel a well-conceived treatment series and home product selection.
Balanced skin is a blessing to be preserved. It can be maintained with good lifestyle habits and personalized skincare regimentation.
Preventive and restorative skincare represents an investment on your part. In view of the high cost and high risk of invasive facial techniques that lead to damaged, over-processed skin, one ounce of holistic prevention is worth a pound of invasive treatment.