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A GUIDE TO CHEMICAL PEELS AND HOW THEY BENEFIT YOUR SKIN

Autumn has arrived, and with that comes fading tan lines, much less time soaking in the sun rays (with SPF of course) making it the perfect time to start your New Skin Renewal Adventure. Chemical peels have been around for many years, actually fun fact; Cleopatra the legendary beauty knew that the Lactic Acid found in milk was extremely beneficial to the skin for anti-aging and luminous soft, silky skin. I mean if Cleopatra was into it what says we shouldn't be?!!

So I'm going to explain everything you need to know about chemical peels, from how they transform your skin to your after care and everything in-between.

- Amy




What is a chemical peel?


Basically, chemical peels help your skin do what it naturally does but better. As you age, your skin cannot renew itself as well as it did before. Peels remove the top layer of damaged skin to promote the growth of new, healthy skin, which aids in increased collagen production and improves the efficacy of your current skincare routine. Beyond that, chemical peels are used to address a multitude of skin concerns including hyperpigmentation, fine lines, acne, aging, and even rosacea.





Chemical peels are a proven, safe, and effective way to renew and regenerate healthy skin.They're one of the best treatments to keep your skin healthy. Simply put, peels give your skin a glow and renew the skin cells we were all born with. They unclog pores and remove the dead skin cells, bringing healthy cells to the surface.


While there are many different types of peels varying in severity, from maximum strength formulas to more gentle versions, like Miracle10 Peels, the process is always the same. A chemical solution is applied to your face, it tingles—sometimes stings—and then is washed off. Afterward, smoother, brighter skin is revealed, and, with continued use, fine lines and wrinkles soften as well.



Why should you get one?


Especially as we get older, most of us need peels to support the cell turnover process that slows down as we age. This allows the skin to shed dead cells and bring new, fresh skin to the surface—reducing photo damage and promoting a healthier, more radiant complexion. Like any product in your regular skincare routine, you need to use it regularly to see the best results.


What Are the Benefits of Chemical Peels?


Chemical peels are brimming with skin-loving benefits.


  • Prevents acne: Chemical peels help with acne because they lower the pH of the skin, making bacteria uncomfortable and unable to survive, making peels suitable for most types of acne. They help remove the surface skin debris leading to a healthier complexion with less clogged pores.

  • Improves efficacy of other skincare products: Because peels remove the top layer of skin, it's able to help other products you put on your skin penetrate deeper. This is especially helpful if you're pimple-prone and are slathering on acne treatments.

  • Refines fine lines and wrinkles: A peel will help to remove dead skin that has settled into fine lines, making them less visible, a medium-depth peel will help the most with wrinkle refinement.

  • Reveals clearer, glowing skin: Chemical peels remove the flaky, irregularly-attached dead skin cells from the face, leading to a compact stratum corneum that reflects a beautiful glow. In addition, there is a slight inflammatory component that may occur, and this creates a collagen boost when healed.




Types of Chemical Peels

There are three types of peels available at SKIIN By Amy



Formulated with :Lactic Acid, Glycolic 20%, and Glycolic 30%.





LACTIC ACID

WHAT IS LACTIC ACID?

Lactic Acid is derived from a milk (sour) source. It works by breaking down the glue that holds the cells of the skin together. Lactic Acid works more on the surface of the skin, therefore making it a gentler peel than Glycolic Acid.

WHAT DOES LACTIC ACID DO WHEN APPLIED TO THE SKIN?

Lactic Acid works by breaking down the glue (between the skin cells) causing them to slough off and reveal newer, shinier, healthier skin.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF LACTIC ACID?

  • Very gentle (gentler than glycolic acid) and therefore can be used on a sensitive skin

  • Very hydrating and therefore excellent for dry skin

  • Lactic Acid is great for dry skin as it has excellent skin softening ability

  • Reduces fine lines

  • Improves skin tone and texture

  • Fades pigmentation (sun spots)

  • Controls/prevents breakouts and oiliness

  • Improves cellular turnover and can help encourage the skins production of elastin and collagen improving fine lines and wrinkles

  • Improves product absorption



 


Glycolic Peels

If you are looking to replace the age-related dullness on your skin with brightness, a glycolic peel may be your best bet. Glycolic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid that helps to gently exfoliate the outer layer of the skin. This type of peel is made from fruit acids (but can also be man-made) and they penetrate the top layer of skin, sloughing off dead skin cells.


GLYCOLIC ACID PEEL

WHAT IS GLYCOLIC ACID PEEL?

Glycolic Acid is part of a group active compounds known as AHA’s (alpha hydroxy acids). Glycolic Acid is derived from the sugar cane. It has the ability to penetrate the skin deeply and easily because of it small molecular structure. Glycolic Acid’s ability to penetrate the skin deeply contributes to its effectiveness in treating fine lines, pigmentation (sun spots), dullness, blackheads, etc.

WHAT DOES GLYCOLIC ACID DO TO THE SKIN WHEN APPLIED?

When Glycolic Acid is applied to the skin it will loosen the “glue like substance” that holds the skin cells together. When the “glue” that holds the skin cells together is loosened, the skin’s old, dead cells will shed.

HOW IS IT THAT SHEDDING, EXFOLIATING OF OLD, DEAD SKIN CELLS IMPROVES THE SKIN?

Removing and sloughing off dead skin cells will reveal smoother, brighter younger looking skin. Once the skin has rid itself of old skin cells it appears brighter and is left with a health glow.

 WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A GLYCOLIC PEEL?

  • Provides a remarkably even exfoliation of the skin

  • Evens out skin texture

  • Wrinkles and fine lines will be less apparent

  • Hydrates and brightens skin

  • Because Glycolic will dissolve dead skin cells, blocked pores will be cleared and blackheads will improve

  • Increases cellular turnover; removing dead cells and revealing younger healthier cells on the surface of the skin

  • Very effective on acne

  • Products will penetrate more effectively when the barriers of dead cells are removed

  • The benefits of a Glycolic Peel are compounded, meaning once you have done one peel your second, third and fourth peel will improve an already improved skin.


AFTER CARE


Are there any steps one should take before coming in for a peel?



Here are a few general things I encourage everyone to do before and after they have a peel for best results. For example, if you are on Retin-A for severe acne, you should avoid having a peel altogether (especially during the healing process). This medication thins the outer layer of the skin and makes it more difficult for your skin to heal after a peel. Some other medications, like certain antibiotics, make your skin more vulnerable to sun damage and should be avoided before getting a peel. Sun exposure, in general, should be avoided after a peel. Your skin will be more sensitive to damage from UVA and UVB rays after treatment, so using a lot of sunscreen will be essential. Patients or clients should consult with their physicians regarding any contraindications with their medications and getting a peel.






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