What are the alternatives to laser therapy, micro-needling and radiofrequency/ultrasonic treatments?
The most common alternatives are:
- Natural home remedies, which are non-scientifically proven and often ineffective.
- Prescribed creams or lotions – the side effects of using a retinoid cream can include skin irritation, redness, swelling, blistering, peeling, sensitivity to sunlight and a stinging sensation. Cream may not be safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women to use.
- Microdermabrasion – the top layer of the skin is sanded away with tiny crystals, designed to remove imperfections and stimulate skin growth. Side effects can include redness, swelling, bruising, sensitivity to sunlight and changes in skin colour and tone.