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The Best Non-Surgical Treatments for Dull Skin

The Best Non-Surgical Treatments for Dull Skin

By Beverly Fischer on September 2, 2021

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When you see models strutting down the catwalk or celebrities strolling the red carpet, the first thing you notice (aside from their haute couture) is often their luminous, youthful skin. In some cases, they’re downright dewy. 

While a majority of this can be attributed to the team of professional make-up artists working their magic; beautiful, glowing skin starts with a solid foundation of skin care.

Most people lack the time and budget for weekly facials and the services of a cosmetologist to perfect a daily makeup routine. This can leave you dealing with dull skin that not only makes you look older, but also prevents cosmetics from working as they should.

What exactly is dull skin and what causes it? More importantly, what are the best non-surgical options? 

What is Dull Skin?

Dull skin isn’t exactly quantifiable, but you can definitely see the difference between someone with radiant, luminous skin and someone with a dull, flat complexion. What causes this difference in appearance is the tone and texture of the skin.

When your skin is smooth and free of blemishes, dead skin cells, and other imperfections, it will more evenly reflect the light that hits it, appearing to glow. When your skin’s texture is dry, rough, or uneven, the light won’t reflect uniformly, causing the appearance of dullness.

Causes of Dull Skin

Several factors could contribute to the formation and perseverance of dull skin, including:

  • Age
  • Sun damage
  • Environmental factors (cold weather, arid climate, etc.)
  • Pollution
  • Dehydration
  • Poor skincare routine
  • And more

While there’s not a lot you can do to reverse the aging process that causes skin to become dull over time, you can take steps to treat and prevent further damage. You’ll want to start with proper hydration, UV protection, and a regular skincare routine to gently slough away dead skin cells and treat acne or other concerns. Professional procedures, such as skin resurfacing, could also make a huge difference.

How to Make Your Face Glow with the Right Skin Resurfacing Treatments

You don’t have to let dull skin dim your outlook. This is one skin problem that’s actually incredibly easy to treat with the right professional procedures. Which non-surgical treatment options are right for you? Here are a few to consider.

Vivace Microneedling with PRP

Microneedling is a minimally invasive procedure that involves passing dozens of gold-tipped, superfine needles over the skin so that they lightly penetrate the dermis. 

Vivace pairs basic microneedling with radiofrequency (RF) and LED light therapy to stimulate collagen production, plump skin, treat acne scars, and boost radiance. When you add platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to the mix, you’ll see improved cellular turnover and rejuvenated skin.

Halo and Forever Young BBL

Laser treatments are all the rage, and there are so many to choose from! For dullness, your best options are probably Halo and/or Forever Young BBL. 

Halo utilizes a hybrid fractional laser with dual wavelengths (ablative and non-ablative) to address surface and deeper damage, improving pore size, skin tone, fine lines and wrinkles, and more. 

Forever Young BBL (broadband light) relies on controlled bursts of intense pulsed light (IPL) to stimulate cell growth and treat active acne, age spots, redness, and other damage.


With gentle cleansing, extractions, exfoliation, resurfacing, and hydration, this amped-up facial is a great way to see instant results with virtually no downtime.

VI Peel

For effective skin resurfacing, it’s hard to argue with the incredible results of a chemical peel.

The VI peel is an attractive option that is affordable, virtually painless, and easy to pair with other treatments like lasers or injectables. Plus, it smooths your skin tone, improves hyperpigmentation, and lightens the appearance of age spots and discoloration, making it a great procedure to consider.


Are you interested in learning more about non-surgical products to rejuvenate your skin? Contact Dr. Beverly Fischer and the talented team at the Advanced Center for Plastic Surgery today at 410-308-4700 or online to schedule a consultation.

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