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Dull Skin

The key to revitalizing dull skin is exfoliation. Exfoliation resurfaces the epidermis, the outermost layer of skin that is strewn with dead skin cells (though you wouldn't see them unless you had a microscope). Look for treatments that remove damaged skin, replacing it with a refreshed layer.

Chemical Peels Recommended For Dull Skin Chemicals peels are a good treatment that exfoliates dead skin cells and refreshes the skin's surface. Chemical peels can be used on darker skin types with care. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should not use chemical peels, as hormonal surges can make the skin more sensitive.
Name Description Cost
AHA peel The AHA peel is a good vehicle for removing dead skin cells and rejuvenating dull skin. An alpha hydroxy acid peel is one of the mildest chemical peels available – it can even be purchased...more Depending on how lackluster your skin is, you may be able to treat dull skin with one to...more
BHA peel The BHA peel is considered a light chemical peel, making it a good treatment for dull skin on the face, chest, hands, arms, and neck. Beta hydroxyl acid is a gentle chemical that peels and...more A BHA peel costs $100 to $300.
Obagi blue peel The Obagi blue peel is a good way to refresh dull skin. The blue-tinted peel is applied in layers – the darker the blue, the stronger the peel. The cost of the procedure ranges from $500...more The cost of an Obagi blue peel procedure ranges from $500 to $2,000 depending on the...more
Jessners peel The Jessners peel is a medium-strength chemical peel, ideal for light-skinned individuals who want to correct skin dullness on the face, neck and hands. Treatment with Jessners solution helps...more Each appointment for Jessners peel treatment costs $100 to $500. The dryer your skin, the...more
TCA peel TCA is a medium-depth chemical peel that resurfaces the skin and stimulates collagen production. TCA at 25% to 40% is the standard concentration when used for the face. Because the level of...more Professional TCA peels range from $500 to $1,200.

Microdermabrasion For Dull Skin The key to revitalizing dull skin is exfoliation.
Name Description Cost
Microdermabrasion Microdermabrasion is a good method for refreshing dull skin. Microdermabrasion is a mild mechanical exfoliant that removes the top layer of dead skin cells by blasting the skin's surface with...more An exfoliating treatment with microdermabrasion is a good way to perk up dull skin. ...more

Secondary Treatments For Dull Skin
Name Description Cost
Retin-A Prescription strength retinoids are derived from vitamin A. They are available as topical creams that can improve skin roughness, fine lines and pigmentation problems by speeding cell...more Retin-A is packaged in 20 to 50 g tubes priced $100 to $200 each. Depending on size, one...more
Fractional laser resurfacing Fractional ablative lasers are a decent secondary treatment for dull skin. Chemical peels may be preferable because many can usually achieve the same results over a larger treatment area and...more Fractional ablative laser treatment cost between $500 and $4,000 depending on the size of...more

Treatments Not Recommended
Name Description
Phenol peel It’s overkill to use a phenol peel if your only issue is dull skin. The phenol peel is the strongest kind of chemical peel, removing a significant portion of damaged skin.
Non-ablative laser skin resurfacing Although they may increase collagen production, non-ablative lasers are not as good at exfoliating the skin and speeding cell turnover so aren't an ideal treatment for dull skin. Non-ablative lasers, both fractional and non-fractional, are better for cosmetic issues like scars and veins.
IPL laser (photofacial) IPL is not a good technique for exfoliating dull skin, though it may produce a modest improvement in skin radiance. Non-laser therapy, like intense pulsed light (IPL), is non-ablative, meaning it does not affect the surface of the skin. The light energy skips over the skin’s exterior and targets vascular and pigmentation problems found within the tissues of the skin, like veins, birthmarks, and age spots, and sun spots.