Acne

Cystic Acne and Chemical Peels

A chemical peel can smooth the skin, reduce oil, and lower the number of cystic acne nodules if performed correctly and consistently. A glycolic or salicylic peel is perhaps the most sought after chemical peel for acne treatment.

What you need to know about Acne

Nearly everyone gets acne. No matter what your race or age may be, acne is a common problem worldwide. Over 80% of people between the ages of 11 and 30 have some type of acne breakout in their lifetime. While acne usually dissipates by the time most of us reach our 30’s, some people experience adult acne well into their thirties and possibly longer.
Baby acne is also not entirely uncommon. Baby acne most often occurs a few weeks after your child’s birth. While it may alarm you, the most important thing to remember is: Don’t panic. The condition will usually go away on its own. You can help your baby’s skin by not using creams or oils and try to avoid over-scrubbing their faces. It’s probably safe to say that the acne is not bothering your baby, so try not to let it bother you. Baby acne should go away in 4 to 6 months as your child’s hormones level out.
In case you were wondering, the scientific name for acne is acne vulgaris, which sounds just dreadful but literally means “common acne.” This is the type of acne that affects more teenagers and adults later in life, and is not to be confused with Rosacea. Cystic acne occurs when your skin glands become plugged with oil causing lessoned outbreaks commonly referred to as pimples or zits. Pimples occur on the face, neck, shoulders, back, and chest, but acne on the arms and legs are not unusual.  It is best to treat cystic acne by alternating between the Salicylic and the Lactic. Using the two together, allows for a peel much deeper than the Salicylic alone.

What we know for sure about acne is that it is caused by hormonal imbalances in adolescents and young adults, but the exact reason why some people get acne and others don’t, or why some people get much worse acne breakouts than others is unknown. We do know that acne is at least partially hereditary, which speaks more to a genetic predisposition and not something that can be physically changed or altered in your every day routine. However, when dealing with existing acne there are acne treatments available to you that will certainly help your active acne.

Other Popular Treatments

Since the causes of acne are still somewhat unclear, the treatments for acne vary. It’s good to keep in mind that while some acne treatments really do work, not all acne treatments work the same for everyone. What is successful for controlling acne with one person might not necessarily be effective for someone else. Successful acne treatments and acne products include topical bactericidals, topical and oral antibiotics, hormonal treatments for women, topical retinoids (Retin-A®), or oral retinoids (such as Accutane® or Claravis™). Retinoids work by influencing the lifecycle of the cells related to acne. Solutions for fighting acne while building stronger, healthier skin include IPL Photofacial, Blue Light Therapy, Thermage®, Laser Skin Rejuvenation, Chemical Peels, and Microdermabrasion.

The average acne treatment usually takes up to 6-8 weeks before you start seeing results. It’s important to remember to continue your treatment once your acne improves or clears, since acne is a genetic attribute it will return. If acne cysts do not improve in those 8 weeks, your acne treatments might need to be adjusted. With so many acne treatments it’s important to find one that works best for you.

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Salicylic peel for acne: There are a couple of treatments you can do to speed up the healing and diminish its appearance.

If you have oily skin and find that you need a little more help with your acne problems, you can normally leave the salicylic peel overnight and this is only for “spot treatment”, NOT for the entire face! The oily skin will neutralize the salicylic acid, without the need to wash it off. But be careful, you can only do this with the salicylic acid, not with any of the AHA’s like glycolic or lactic, because the molecules are different. The AHA’s wont be able to self-neutralize. The safest way to use a chemical peel is to always rinse after each use.

These are a few more factors that the Salicylic acid have that helps remedy acne problems:

Anti-inflammatory and Antiseptic Properties- the Salicylic Acid (also in aspirin) works actively to reduce the redness and inflammation of the pimple, and to eliminate irritation to the spot, further reducing swelling.

Germicidal – as a primary hormone in the plant’s immune system, the acid helps kill the P. acnes bacteria and restore healthy environment for faster healing.

Oil Soluble – the salicylic acid because of its oil solubility is able to effectively penetrate the sebum clogged pores of the skin You might be hesitant about putting acid on your face, but using Salicylic Acid is actually much safer than using something like lemon juice (citric acid) because of the nature of the molecule. Salicylic acid is oil soluble, which is great for two reasons. First, the outside layer of you skin is covered in oil, and being oil soluble, the salicylic acid is able to penetrate this outer layer. However the under this outermost layer is the dermis, and this layer is made up of mostly water. As you know oil and water don’t mix, and this keeps the Salicylic acid from moving down past the outer most levels of the epidermis, and so it stays on the surface of the skin.

What’s the Catch? Of course nothing is without a downside, and Salicylic’s is that it can be very drying to the skin. So if you are using it, you will need to make sure and apply a non-comedonic moisturizer such as our Hydrating Repair cream or Cetaphil to prevent excessive dryness. Additionally, use of the salicylic deep gel cleanser on a regular basis between peels will help calm the acne and oily skin, and speed up the process of clearing the skin.

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Initial breakout – You may experience a breakout after a peel as the skin is purging toxins. Not everyone will experiences a breakout after a peel; it depends on how much congestion you have under your pores. As you start to perform regular facial peels, it is less likely that you will experience breakouts. While this can be frustrating, it is not necessarily a bad sign. When first starting the regimen this is common. The cleansing process scrubs your clogged pores that are embedded with dirt and dead skin cells. As the top layers are removed, this congestion inside the skin may emerge in the form of blemishes. The entire process takes several weeks to purge the skin, but afterwards skin should be noticeably smoother and cleaner. Make sure and avoid irritating the skin, if you notice some redness or irritation, just wait a longer between applications, or shorten the duration. Typically within the first 3 weeks, the skin begins to show improved clarity with very few breakouts. Please try to be patient during this time. Deep cleansing and exfoliation is a “process” which takes some time to work.

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Back Acne- Glycolic for Pigmentation and Scarring. The glycolic peel will help minimize and reduce pigmentation differences, as well as reduce the appearance of scarring while smoothing the skin and encouraging collagen growth. Normally a series of 6-8 weekly treatments is required to notice full results, as the improvements are incremental. The Benefits of Lactic Acid. For primarily pigmentation, I would the lactic/50 peel, or for pigmentation and scarring the glycolic 30 is best and for active acne, salicylic 20. There are a few things to keep in mind while applying to your back. We recommend applying in the shower (with the water off), or next to the shower to ensure you can remove it easily and thoroughly. Also, application of the peel will be much less troublesome with the aid of another person to ensure you can remove it easily and effectively. The salicylic peel will also be effective for acne on the back, you may even rotate between glycolic and salicylic for best results.

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Anti-Aging

Remove deep wrinkles – Most peels will not remove deep lines or wrinkles. Laser resurfacing is recommended in most cases where wrinkles are advanced. However, a peel will often improve the tone, texture, smoothness and appearance of skin. If used consistently for longer periods of time, it may improve the deeper lines and wrinkles over time.

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Best product for sensitive skin , unwrinkled skin – If you have sensitive skin and no wrinkles, the Lactic, glycolic, and Salicylic acids will work best for you. Its important to test before using because each person’s skin is different, so some people can leave the peel on for 5 minutes, while other people can only stand 30 seconds. For acne, salicylic acid has several properties that make it a very effective treatment for sensitive skin. It acts as an anti-inflammatory to help immediately reduce the inflammation of the acne. Also, the salicylic acid is oil soluble so it can penetrate the sebum clogged pores better than glycolic acid or lactic acid, which are both water soluble. Salicylic is relatively gentle and a great exfoliator. Also, the salicylic peel has little risk of complication because of the nature of the molecule. Salicylic acid is oil soluble, which is great for two reasons. First, the outside layer of you skin is covered in oil, meaning that the oil-soluble salicylic molecule is able to penetrate this outer layer. However the under this outermost layer is the dermis, and this layer is made up of mostly water. As you know oil and water don’t mix, and this keeps the salicylic acid from moving down past the outer most levels of the epidermis. What You Should Know of course nothing is without a downside, and Salicylic acid’s is that it can be very drying to the skin. Also, because it works at the surface of the skin it does not work as well at fading pigmentation beneath the epidermis as the Glycolic or the Lactic. So if you’re using it on a regular basis you need to apply a noncomedonic moisturizer like cetaphil to prevent excessive dryness. It is also very effective to combine the Lactic acid and salicylic acid treatments because lactic acid it is a natural humectant and actually pulls moisture into the skin. By alternating between the peels you get the benefits of the salicylic without the excessive dryness. If alternating, apply them 3-4 days apart, depending on your skin’s sensitivity. If you are looking more for a maintenance peel, any of our level 1 peels will be best for starting out and are mild enough for sensitive skin types.

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Both the glycolic and the lactic have anti-aging effects, but in different ways. The Glycolic works mainly underneath the skin, while the lactic works on the surface of the skin. Glycolic acid is the smallest Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA), Lactic acid is slightly larger. Glycolic, because of its small size is able to penetrate deeper into the dermis. It has received the most attention from the medical community, and is generally considered the best AHA to treat fine lines and wrinkles. Lactic acid because of its slightly larger molecule is slightly less harsh on the skin. It acts naturally as a humectant to pull moisture into the skin, and is part of mammalian skin physiology, meaning it occurs naturally in the body. It is generally considered best for treating pigmentation and skin spots. TCA is also a good peel for anti-aging as it is a more powerful exfoliator than the other acids and has the ability to penetrate slightly deeper into the surface levels.

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BHA / AHA

Acne Inflammation: Whiteheads, often called zits, are frustrating to anyone suffering from acne. These white heads cause inflammation in the skin upon breakouts. Whitehead acne treatment is not difficult, but must be done with care to prevent acne scarring and problem skin later on in life. With caution, however, treating zits and removing whiteheads can be easily remedied at home.

Acne inflammation

One remedy that can be used is spot treatment. For the best effect, apply only to the inflamed whitehead, and leave it on for a longer time than usual (since it is only directed on one spot). After several minutes, if it starts to sting, take a wet paper towel and gently dab the area that was treated.  This will neutralize that area, and prevent the peel from penetrating too deep.  The peel can be removed with water when the application time is finished.  Apply the Salicylic twice daily for 2 weeks, or until skin has cleared.  Then apply 2-3 times a week for a full facial.

Salicylic helps to kill the bacteria causing the infection, and in the end causing the whitehead to shrink. It works best when the acne is closer to the surface.  If the infection is very deep or cystic, the process will take a longer pace since the acid won’t be able the reach the infection.

Another option to treating whiteheads is applying warm to hot water on the face or the acne spot with a clean towel or washcloth. First, wet a clean washcloth with water that is warm to hot in temperature. Do NOT burn yourself! Place the washcloth over the area where the whitehead acne is located or place the towel gently on the face. The warm water softens the skin, helping to prevent acne scarring. It also will help open up your pores and help get rid of impurities. Repeat this process until the skin is soft and warm. Alternately, you can skip this step and move on to step two if you are performing the acne treatment immediately upon exiting a hot shower or bath.

With clean hands, gently insert the sharpened tip of the blood lancet into the whitehead. It is important to just puncture the tip of the whitehead. Do not “pick” the whitehead with the lancet. The goal is to create a small opening in the whitehead to allow the whitehead acne to drain.

With clean fingers, and using only the fingertips, not the fingernails, apply gentle, even pressure on both sides of the whitehead. The white pus from the whitehead acne should flow slowly out of the opening created by the lancet. When finished, clean the area again with the washcloth.

Apply one drop of tea tree oil to the area where the whitehead acne had been. Tea tree oil is a home remedy for acne. Its antibacterial properties make it an ideal natural acne treatment. Apply one to three times per day to help prevent acne or treat acne.

Tips and Warnings

If your whitehead acne is persistent, consult with a doctor or an esthetician (skin care professional) for a personalized acne treatment and prevention plan.

For best results, remove acne and whiteheads after a shower or hot bath taken in the evening. The steam from the shower will soften the skin, and the skin will have a chance to close up again before being exposed to free radicals and elements found outside.

For persistent acne, consider using topical treatments, such as benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid creams.
Do not use fingernails or pick at acne. Doing so can spread the bacteria that causes acne to other areas of the face, and can increase the chances of acne scarring.

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Salicylic peel: Results for salicylic are usually longer because the oil, dirt, and bacteria must make its way to the surface before the skin can begin clearing up, this is why many will experience an initial breakout.

By maintaining an anhydrogenous environment we preserve the lipid solubility of the entire solution. This allows us to greatly lessen the risk of excess irritation because of the nature of the molecules. Salicylic acid is oil soluble, which is great for two reasons. First, the outside layer of you skin is covered in oil, and being oil soluble, the salicylic acid is able to penetrate this outer layer. However under this outermost layer is the dermis, and this layer is made up of mostly water. As you know oil and water don’t mix, and this keeps the salicylic acid from moving down past the outer most levels of the epidermis, and is therefore is much safer than using alcohol/water solvent which would force the salicylic too deeply into the skin, disrupting this natural mechanism.

If you are unsure if the Salicylic peel is effective, after application, you will feel a slight tingling on the skin. This means the peel is starting to penetrate your skin. If you want a stronger response, leave the peel longer on the skin. But remember not to overdo peels. Rinse thoroughly after use.

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Salicylic for Rosacea – While some customers with Rosacea have experienced great results with our products, the line is intended to clear mild to moderate acne. Yes, it can be effective in the treatment of “Foliculitis”(a condition where small pimples form on hair follicles). Keratosis Pilaris is a follicular plugging of the skin of the upper arms and thighs (rarely the face). The Salicylic 20 or Lactic 50 may help to smooth the skin of these areas, but will not cure the problem

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AHA vs. BHA chemical peels Learning about Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA), Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) is good. Part of the decision-making process will include a thorough consultation, with many factors playing a role. The skin’s condition, thickness, past UV exposure, and ethnicity, ability to have down time, budget, are amongst many. AHA is the gold standard. Derived naturally from sources such as sour milk (lactic) or sugar cane (glycolic), AHA will aid in cell renewal, reducing superficial lines, address minor hyperpigmentation, and are pretty mild with no down time. BHA (Salicylic) is key in clearing blocked pores, skin brightening, refining texture, eliminating p-acne bacteria, and is an amazing anti-inflammatory. Overuse of any chemical can exacerbate any condition so a prudent approach will yield great results. Factors which will play a role in the overall result is pre-treatment and post care, overuse, and thickness of the stratum corneum to name a few. These treatments will work best when done in a series.

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There are several different types of chemical peels, each indicated for different types and degrees of skin problems. Light (glycolic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid in lower concentrations) chemical peels, sometimes referred to as “superficial” can improve rough, dry skin, as well as uneven pigmentation. They can also improve the texture of sun-damaged skin and help control acne. A light chemical peel is the mildest type of peel and penetrates the epidermis the least, multiple treatments may be necessary to achieve the desired results. Medium (glycolic acid, salicylic, lactic, TCA in higher concentrations) are best for people who want to smooth out fine wrinkles, remove superficial blemishes, and even out skin pigmentation. Medium skin peels can be used on any part of the body, and the peel depth can be adjusted to best suit the needs of the individual patient. Deep (Phenol) peels can remove major blotching, such as that caused by aging, sun exposure, or birth control pills. Deep peels can also be used to smooth deeper wrinkles. Deep skin peels are only performed by a licensed physician. Deep peels are much more risky and can cause permanent scarring if not used correctly. Acne peels help to control acne and smooth acne scars. A mild, medium, or deep chemical peel may be used, depending on the patient’s skin condition. As with cosmetic chemical skin peels, an acne chemical peel can also reduce or eliminate wrinkles and improve skin pigmentation. Most acne related peels consist of the active ingredient “salicylic acid”, a well known effective treatment for acne patients.

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In many people there is no visible peeling with a Glycolic 30% peel. Glycolic acid has a very small molecule, which is able to pass more easily through the outer layers of skin. The main benefit from glycolic acid is the stimulation of collagen beneath the stratum corneum. Other peels like the TCA, lactic or salicylic generally cause more visible peeling, but this depends on compactness the individuals stratum corneum. If you regularly exfoliate, chances are that you do not have an excess of skin, and the acids will be able to more easily penetrate, without the peeling effect. Glycolic acid only has the capacity to break down the gluey substance holding the dead skin onto the skin surface, not the skin itself; therefore it can not make the skin thinner. Glycolic acid can remove substantial amounts of dead skin build up, and the client may feel a dramatic difference, but it will not remove any more than the dead skin. Controlling Peel Depth You can control the depth of the peel by adjusting the application time. The recommended times are good starting points, as your skin sensitivity allows, you can increase the application time (do not exceed 10 minutes). Cleaning the face with an alcohol toner a few minutes before the peel will remove all surface oils from the skin and allow for a much more aggressive peel (its important that it is an alcohol/acetone type toner, witch hazel will not do). This can also cause a little stinging, and so is optional. Everyone’s skin is a little different, and often when someone is not experiencing results with the product a quick email, letting us know the individual situation, and what they are wanting is enough to resolve the problem.

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General Information & Instructions

Salicylic peel: Your skin is made up of several layers of dead skin cells called the epidermis. The salicylic acid works by breaking down the intracellular glue that connects the epidermal skin cells.

This is the result we are trying to achieve. The peels dissolves the outer layers of skin in a controlled manner. With each application of the Salicylic acid a few more layers are removed.

People with thicker skin can often use the Salicylic acid more frequently at first as they remove the built up layers of skin. As the layers of skin are removed, the body will start generating new skin cells to replace the old ones. As the excess layers of skin are removed you will need to lessen the frequency of application to prevent irritation (If you remove too much skin you will turn cherry red and your skin will be very sensitive like when sunburned). We recommend using sunscreen and/or moisturizer to the treated area after each use.

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Chemical peel Pain: In general, users only feel a mild stinging sensation during light or medium chemical peels. After the procedure, a mild pain reliever may be taken to relieve any discomfort, if necessary. There should not be any pain, however if you do experience pain, you should immediately rinse the skin with cool water to neutralize the peel. You may feel a slight stinging or mild burning sensation with each peel, this lets you know the peel is working on the surface and penetrating the epidermis, the sting or burn should not be painful. A fan should help with any discomfort. The salicylic peel may have more of a stinging or burning sensation on the skin than the other peels, this does not mean it is penetrating deep than the others. If it becomes uncomfortable, wash it off with water.

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Chemical peels: Though deep (phenol) peels are only appropriate for the face, the skin on any part of the body can be treated with a special mix of the chemicals used in mild and medium skin peels.

The chemical solution for body chemical peels is typically comprised of a combination of trichloroacetic acid (the main ingredient in a medium-depth skin peel) and glycolic acid (the main ingredient of a mild peel). Chemicals peels for other parts of the body other than the face is either formulated slightly stronger than the chemical solution used for light or medium facial skin peels or used at longer periods of time with additional layering, though it is still milder than the phenol solution used for deep skin peels. Thus, chemical peels that are formulated for the skin can be used to treat other areas of the body but expect the results to be different. It may take longer for the other areas to react to the ‘gentler’ face peels. Generally the stronger peels are going to work best for other areas on the body, and using them in layers will be more effective.

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How to avoid burning skin – The depth of the peel is controlled by contact time, frequency, pH, and layers of application. Upon applying the peel again try adjusting the application time and/or layers of application in order to avoid irritation of the skin or a burn. Our peels have an adjusted pH that is safer for your skin than other unbuffered peels. The gel form is also safer for the skin and will not penetrate like most liquid solutions sold. Also it is important to rinse your skin thoroughly after applying a peel. This product can make your skin more sensitive to the sun. If it is your first time applying a peel it may be a good idea to apply the peel for 30 seconds, no longer than 1 minute and immediately wash off with cool water for 1-2 minutes.

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Decrease peel irritation – The use of a fan or hair dryer with a cool button can be very comforting and lessen the amount or burn or tingling on the surface of the skin. Also, you can try using a cold damp cloth and pressing the treated area of skin only after the acid has already been completely washed off with water. If you experience swelling or redness on the skin, an anti–inflammatory may be used such as Ibuprofen or Tylenol.

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Control depth of a chemical peel- It is always best to apply the chemical peel for the minimum recommended time or less, and continue to monitor your skin closely after applying the peel. If your skin turns white (frosts), you should always wash the peel off quickly. If the skin does frost, it typically means you have penetrated past the epidermis into the dermis, and the skin may darken or turn red before peeling off. Usually the results are very noticeable after a deeper peel has been performed. When using the salicylic peel, the white on the skin is typically not a frost, as micro amounts of salicylic stays on the surface as it is exposed to air when the alcohol evaporates, which has the appearance of a frost.

You can control the depth of a chemical peel by adjusting the application time or amount of layers used. Since most of our peels have an adjusted pH and are in a gel form you will not experience a frost. The recommended times are good starting points, as your skin sensitivity allows, you can increase the application time. Each time you apply a layer during a treatment, the peel will penetrate deeper into the skin until it reaches a certain point. Layers should be used approximately 1-3 minutes apart from each other, and should not exceed 5 layers for any peel. If you skin does burn and you experience excessive redness or swelling you should apply a good moisturizer, aloe vera, and ibuprofen and Tylenol can be used for inflammation.

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Chemical peel contact time – Most chemical peels may take between 2-8 minutes from start to finish for the application process and 1-3 minutes for the actual contact time on the skin, with 1-2 weeks for the healing/recovery process depending on what peel and concentration is used. The deeper Phenol peels can take between 1-2 hours for a complete facial peel performed only by a registered physician or surgeon in an outpatient surgery center, where special precautions would be taken. We do not sell the deeper peels.

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The recovery time after a chemical peel depends on the type of peel administered, because each type of peel affects the skin to a different degree.

Light chemical peels or level 1 for our peels: These mild peels require virtually no recovery time. Though the skin may be mildly irritated after the peel, patients can return to their daily activities immediately after treatment. Occasionally there will be mild flaking of the skin, visible peeling is not always present. This depends on skin sensitivity, thickness, pH of peel, type of peel, how often you exfoliate etc..

Medium chemical peels or level 2 peels: The new layer of skin appears 3-4 days after treatment. About 5-6 days after treatment, the skin will be fully healed. During this time the outer skin will be mildly flaking off depending on how often you exfoliate and number of layers used with the peel. Visible peel is not always the case, but more often with these compared to level 1 peels.

Deep chemical peels: The new layer of skin begins to appear seven to ten days after treatment, though complete healing can take two months or longer. Patients typically take a week off from work after undergoing a deep chemical peel.

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Peel treatments per bottle – The exact number of peels varies depending on the treatment area and amount used per application. The depth of the peel is controlled by the thickness of application, skin sensitivity, and peel type or main ingredient used. Using too little of the peel solution will cause the peel to be very shallow. We recommend around 1-2 ml per facial peel, but you can adjust this depending on how well your skin tolerates the peel. Typically you will get about 15-20 peels out of 1 30mL bottle and 25-30 peels out of the peel pad products.

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Initial breakout – You may experience a breakout after a peel as the skin is purging toxins. Not everyone will experiences a breakout after a peel; it depends on how much congestion you have under your pores. As you start to perform regular facial peels, it is less likely that you will experience breakouts. While this can be frustrating, it is not necessarily a bad sign. When first starting the regimen this is common. The cleansing process scrubs your clogged pores that are embedded with dirt and dead skin cells. As the top layers are removed, this congestion inside the skin may emerge in the form of blemishes. The entire process takes several weeks to purge the skin, but afterwards skin should be noticeably smoother and cleaner. Make sure and avoid irritating the skin, if you notice some redness or irritation, just wait a longer between applications, or shorten the duration. Typically within the first 3 weeks, the skin begins to show improved clarity with very few breakouts. Please try to be patient during this time. Deep cleansing and exfoliation is a “process” which takes some time to work.

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It is not necessary to see visible peeling with a chemical peel. This is a common misconception. Improvements in the texture, tone and overall appearance of the skin take place whether or not peeling occurs. Peeling is done on the cellular level, that is why most times it is not always seen. If you do experience visible peeling, it is typically in the form of small white flakes. Many people want to see visible peeling until they experience it. With stronger peels and lower pH levels, there is a greater chance to see visible peeling, and with that there is longer downtimes as you cannot leave the house. With visible peeling on stronger peels they are much more risky, and potential burns can occur or unwanted side effects as it penetrates the skin deeper. It is better to use a less aggressive peel more often and you can achieve similar results without the higher risk, as an extremely strong peel with a low pH. Additionally if you exfoliate on a regular basis, you may see very little to no visible peeling as the peel does not need to penetrate through the dead skin cell surface layers. Generally the TCA peels such as the Revitaboost is going to have a greater chance for visible peeling or depending on your skin type and skin thickness etc.. you may experience it with a lower strength peel.

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The results of a chemical peel vary depending on the peel that you receive. A superficial peel only slightly reduces the signs of aging and skin damage and the results are minimal unless used in cycles, then generally desired results are more achievable. Medium peels are effective in reducing signs of sun damage and fine wrinkles. A deep peel noticeably tightens the skin and eliminates wrinkles and the effects are commonly dramatic. Repeated deep peels are not recommended. The best results are going to come from consistent use of peels in cycles, finding which peel your skin reacts best to and protecting your skin from further damage from the sun.

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The results of a chemical peel vary depending on the peel that you receive. A superficial peel only slightly reduces the signs of aging and skin damage and the results are minimal unless used in cycles, then generally desired results are more achievable. Medium peels are effective in reducing signs of sun damage and fine wrinkles. A deep peel noticeably tightens the skin and eliminates wrinkles and the effects are commonly dramatic. Repeated deep peels are not recommended.

When you have tried other products that are not effective for your skin or what you are looking to accomplish with your skin goals, a chemical peel would be a good place to start as they are much more effective than standard over the counter products. It is always best to start with a lower level 1 peel and apply it for the minimum amount of time before increasing the time on the skin or using it in layers.

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Skin conditions can be caused by allergies/reactions, genetics/ethnicity, medical conditions, and medication. Smoking, habits, diet, and stress all play a part in our health, which is reflected in our skin’s appearance. Environmental exposure, air quality, pollutants, humidity, can all affect the skin.

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While side effects are rare, chemical peels are associated with some risk. Deeper peels generally increase the chances of side effects and complications including: Redness – Some redness is expected after a peel, but severe redness may occur and last for several months. Hypo or hyperpigmentation – Skin discoloration resulting in darker or lighter patches around the treated areas. Swelling Crusting or scaling of the skin. Scarring Infection – People who have oral herpes are more prone to infection. Allergic reaction Increased sunlight sensitivity Heart, liver, or kidney failure – Rarely, phenol (deep) chemical peels can cause severe organ complications.

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Each product comes with full detailed step by step instructions on how to use properly. Before applying, read accompanying procedure. Cleanse the skin throughly. Apply peel evenly for 1-2 minutes depending on skin sensitivity and peel type, with an appropriate applicator pad. Rinse generously with cool water. May repeat treatment at 1-2 times per week, up to 4-6 weeks in the absence of skin irritation. Peel may be layered to enhance effectiveness.

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There are several different types of chemical peels, each indicated for different types and degrees of skin problems. Light (glycolic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid in lower concentrations) chemical peels, sometimes referred to as “superficial” can improve rough, dry skin, as well as uneven pigmentation. They can also improve the texture of sun-damaged skin and help control acne. A light chemical peel is the mildest type of peel and penetrates the epidermis the least, multiple treatments may be necessary to achieve the desired results. Medium (glycolic acid, salicylic, lactic, TCA in higher concentrations) are best for people who want to smooth out fine wrinkles, remove superficial blemishes, and even out skin pigmentation. Medium skin peels can be used on any part of the body, and the peel depth can be adjusted to best suit the needs of the individual patient. Deep (Phenol) peels can remove major blotching, such as that caused by aging, sun exposure, or birth control pills. Deep peels can also be used to smooth deeper wrinkles. Deep skin peels are only performed by a licensed physician. Deep peels are much more risky and can cause permanent scarring if not used correctly. Acne peels help to control acne and smooth acne scars. A mild, medium, or deep chemical peel may be used, depending on the patient’s skin condition. As with cosmetic chemical skin peels, an acne chemical peel can also reduce or eliminate wrinkles and improve skin pigmentation. Most acne related peels consist of the active ingredient “salicylic acid”, a well known effective treatment for acne patients.

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You must be very careful when applying around the eyes as this area is very sensitive. I would avoid applying it to this area until you have some understanding of how your skin reacts to the peel. Always apply to the eye area separately from the rest of the face, and only after you know how you respond to the Glycolic and Lactic acids. In this way you can then better estimate how long you can leave it in the eye area… most likely 30 seconds and then remove it to avoid irritation. Be very careful to not to get any in your eyes. If this happens wash repeatedly with cool water for 5-7 minutes… but this is uncomfortable, so its better not to get it in your eyes.

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In many people there is no visible peeling with a Glycolic 30% peel. Glycolic acid has a very small molecule, which is able to pass more easily through the outer layers of skin. The main benefit from glycolic acid is the stimulation of collagen beneath the stratum corneum. Other peels like the TCA, lactic or salicylic generally cause more visible peeling, but this depends on compactness the individuals stratum corneum. If you regularly exfoliate, chances are that you do not have an excess of skin, and the acids will be able to more easily penetrate, without the peeling effect. Glycolic acid only has the capacity to break down the gluey substance holding the dead skin onto the skin surface, not the skin itself; therefore it can not make the skin thinner. Glycolic acid can remove substantial amounts of dead skin build up, and the client may feel a dramatic difference, but it will not remove any more than the dead skin. Controlling Peel Depth You can control the depth of the peel by adjusting the application time. The recommended times are good starting points, as your skin sensitivity allows, you can increase the application time (do not exceed 10 minutes). Cleaning the face with an alcohol toner a few minutes before the peel will remove all surface oils from the skin and allow for a much more aggressive peel (its important that it is an alcohol/acetone type toner, witch hazel will not do). This can also cause a little stinging, and so is optional. Everyone’s skin is a little different, and often when someone is not experiencing results with the product a quick email, letting us know the individual situation, and what they are wanting is enough to resolve the problem.

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Younger skin can be much more sensitive, so please be aware of this and test before applying. Apply to a small area under your chin or cheek prior to applying a full-face peel. It is always important to start slow and adjust your contact time and strength of the peel accordingly. We recommend being at least 18 years of age to use our products.

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An Overview Problem skin can refer to any number of symptoms including redness, oily or dry, flaky skin, blackheads, whiteheads, or even a dull luster. The bottom line is your skin has problems. Facial skin problems can leave you feeling down right ugly sometimes whether it’s acne, wrinkles, rosacea, or facial spider veins. Skin problems have no limits, remember that your skin is your body’s largest organ so countless things can go wrong. Age spots, cellulite, freckles, and uneven pigmentation can all leave you feeling less than perfect. No matter what your problem is one thing that all bad skin has in common is stress. So, the first step to healthy skin is always to calm down, take a deep breath, and find out what’s out there for you. You’ll most likely find that you are not alone and there’s already a great aesthetic procedure out there that could make a major difference to your skin problem. A skincare specialist can examine your problem skin and find a treatment that’s right for you. The most popular non-surgical skin treatments available include IPL Photofacial, Botox® Cosmetic, Collagen, chemical peels, Microdermabrasion, CosmoDerm™ and CosmoPlast™, Laser Skin Rejuvenation, Restylane®, Radiance, and Thermage®.

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Light chemical peels cost $90 to $300 per treatment (treatments must be repeated for optimal results). Medium chemical peels cost $1,000 to $2,000 per treatment (treatments are generally repeated every two to three months). Deep (phenol) chemical peels can cost $2,500 to $6,000 for the full face (only one treatment is necessary).

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Many companies sell neutralizers with their peels, however these are not necessary, and often are somewhat irritating to the skin. Washing the face completely with water is sufficient to neutralize the peel. Water is also considered a base, so its the safest neutralizer for your skin. If you wish to make a neutralizer, you can add baking soda to water to create a thick paste. Apply this to the skin to neutralize the peel.

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Applying sunblock is necessary to achieve optimum results. Real improvement is seen only when you make a commitment to avoid and protect against sun exposure. For some patients remembering to use sunblock is not easy. However, when the skin is exposed to the suns UV rays without proper protection, the risk of hyperpigmentation reoccurring is greater. Hyperpigmentation (“age spots”), wrinkles, fine lines, pre-mature aging, these things are all caused by sun exposure. 10 minutes under the sun is the recommended daily dose for sun exposure as UV-B rays after penetrating the skin cells, promote Vitamin-D production.

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First, keep in mind that if you are using a stronger peel or if you have sensitive skin the contact times can be adjusted based off your particular circumstances. The benefits of applying a peel in layers can certainly be enhanced as multiple layers can increase the penetration of the peel and depth. Do not attempt to apply a peel in layers if you have never used the peel before. Layering is for those who have experience using peels and for those who may have become more tolerant of the peel.

Step 1: First apply the peel as normal following the instructions. Allow the peel to penetrate the skin for 1 minute.

Step 2: After 1 minute (do not wash off the peel at this stage), apply a second layer to the same exact area in which you applied the first layer and allow it to work on the skin for an additional 1-2 minutes. Note: if you decide to apply a third layer, only leave the second layer on for 1 minute instead of 2 minutes.

Step 3: For most people, a second layer is enough. However, if you decide to apply a third or fourth layer, use the same method of 1 minute intervals. Make sure not to leave the peel on longer than the total recommended time.

Step 4: Always make sure to neutralize the peel with water and remove all traces of the peel.

 

Note: Some peels may not feel like it is burning that bad such as the lactic peel, until you actually start removing it with water. Then you can begin to tell it was penetrating the skin the entire time. With this is mind, do not leave the peel on for longer periods of time because it does not feel as if it is burning that bad.

However. During any part of the process if you do feel like the peel is burning beyond what you are comfortable with, quickly neutralize the skin by removing it with cool water. Keep in mind layering is more risky and it is easier to burn your skin, so be very cautious when using it in multiple layers. It is recommended you keep a close monitor of your skin throughout the entire peel process.

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Lactic Acid

It is not recommended that people use both Salicylic and Lactic peels on the same day especially for first time users. Lactic is the stronger peel so combination of use of any other peels with the Lactic is strongly discouraged. We recommend to use the Salicylic peel, then wait 3 days before applying the Lactic. Once your skin becomes accustomed, you may move the application days closer, and then eventually apply on the same day but still do this with caution. The Salicylic Acid is very effective at removing dead skin cells, allowing the Lactic Acid to penetrate deeper into the skin, giving you a deeper peel. Remember that the depth of the peel is controlled by contact time, frequency of application, and thickness of application. After your peel, if you are experiencing what looks and feels like a sunburn, or if you experience discomfort in the days following an application, then the peel has penetrated too deeply. I recommend you wait at least 10 days before applying the peel again. This allows the time needed for new skin growth. Upon applying the peel to your skin again, you should reduce the application time. As your skin becomes accustomed to the treatment you may increase application time and/or thickness of the application as you are comfortable.

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Yes. The Lactic acid peel is generally considered the best peel to help dry and wrinkled skin. Lactic acid has several things that make it the best in fighting dry skin. First, the Lactic acid is a natural humectant which occurs naturally in the skin, and because of this it is capable of pulling moisture from the air and preserving it in the skin. The lactic acid is less irritating and more moisturizing than the glycolic, and the lactic can be used at a slightly higher concentration than the glycolic. Also, the lactic acid has a larger molecular size. This helps the Lactic acid to work more on the surface of the skin. Because of this it does not stimulate collagen growth as much as the glycolic.

The glycolic fights wrinkles by going beneath the skin and stimulating collagen growth. The lactic acid works more on the surface of the skin pulling moisture inside the cells and plumping them up. Both work to help wrinkles, but they work in different ways. Finally, Lactic acid was originally derived from mammalian milk, and is part of the human physiology. This seems to make it a little better tolerated than the glycolic acid, so it can be used in slightly higher concentration. You still want to be careful applying the lactic peel on the hands. Start slowly and do not leave on for very long at first… maybe 1 min, because you do not want to irritate the skin, especially around the knuckles as this part of the skin moves throughout the day. It will take 5-6 treatments to notice the best results, but most people start to notice a change immediately.

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Post Peel Treatment

The recovery time after a chemical peel depends on the type of peel administered, because each type of peel affects the skin to a different degree.

Light chemical peels or level 1 for our peels: These mild peels require virtually no recovery time. Though the skin may be mildly irritated after the peel, patients can return to their daily activities immediately after treatment. Occasionally there will be mild flaking of the skin, visible peeling is not always present. This depends on skin sensitivity, thickness, pH of peel, type of peel, how often you exfoliate etc..

Medium chemical peels or level 2 peels: The new layer of skin appears 3-4 days after treatment. About 5-6 days after treatment, the skin will be fully healed. During this time the outer skin will be mildly flaking off depending on how often you exfoliate and number of layers used with the peel. Visible peel is not always the case, but more often with these compared to level 1 peels.

Deep chemical peels: The new layer of skin begins to appear seven to ten days after treatment, though complete healing can take two months or longer. Patients typically take a week off from work after undergoing a deep chemical peel.

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Because of the Kerolytic activity of a chemical peel you will notice some tightness and skin dryness after use. This is why it is recommended that you apply a non-irritating hydrating moisturizer to the treated area. The surface skin is being exfoliated, which means the new underlying skin will be more sensitive to the sun. It is necessary to apply a sunscreen of SPF 15+ if you will be outside.

I experienced a prolonged burning sensation following the use of the peel, what should I do?

You first need to make sure you have washed your face completely and removed all traces of the peel with water. If the peel is left on the face, it will continue to penetrate the skin, causing irritation. Once the peel has been removed, your skin should only stay a pinkish or reddish color (similar to that of a sunburn) for 5-30 minutes. If you have performed a deeper or stronger peel, it may last longer than 30 min. You should wait at least 3-4 weeks before applying a peel again. This will allow the new skin to fully regenerate before attempting another peel procedure. Upon applying the peel to your skin again you should reduce the application time. Start with 30 seconds and work up. As your skin becomes accustomed to the treatment you may increase application time and/or number of layers as you become comfortable.

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Applying sunblock is necessary to achieve optimum results. Real improvement is seen only when you make a commitment to avoid and protect against sun exposure. For some patients remembering to use sunblock is not easy. However, when the skin is exposed to the suns UV rays without proper protection, the risk of hyperpigmentation reoccurring is greater. Hyperpigmentation (“age spots”), wrinkles, fine lines, pre-mature aging, these things are all caused by sun exposure. 10 minutes under the sun is the recommended daily dose for sun exposure as UV-B rays after penetrating the skin cells, promote Vitamin-D production.

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Pre-Peel Treatment

A facial toner functions to remove oil from the surface of the skin to ensure even penetration of the peel. TCA, Glycolic and Lactic peels are water soluble, and do not penetrate well with excess oil on the skin. The toner helps to remove this oil, and any soap residue left on the skin. An alcohol prep pad can also help remove these impurities on the skin. The alcohol can be very sensitizing to the skin, and cause more “stinging” or “redness” than would otherwise be present. It is best to use warm water or a very mild cleanser to rinse the skin. Repeat washing the face once more to ensure you remove all traces.

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How to avoid burning skin – The depth of the peel is controlled by contact time, frequency, pH, and layers of application. Upon applying the peel again try adjusting the application time and/or layers of application in order to avoid irritation of the skin or a burn. Our peels have an adjusted pH that is safer for your skin than other unbuffered peels. The gel form is also safer for the skin and will not penetrate like most liquid solutions sold. Also it is important to rinse your skin thoroughly after applying a peel. This product can make your skin more sensitive to the sun. If it is your first time applying a peel it may be a good idea to apply the peel for 30 seconds, no longer than 1 minute and immediately wash off with cool water for 1-2 minutes.

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Decrease peel irritation – The use of a fan or hair dryer with a cool button can be very comforting and lessen the amount or burn or tingling on the surface of the skin. Also, you can try using a cold damp cloth and pressing the treated area of skin only after the acid has already been completely washed off with water. If you experience swelling or redness on the skin, an anti–inflammatory may be used such as Ibuprofen or Tylenol.

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The results of a chemical peel vary depending on the peel that you receive. A superficial peel only slightly reduces the signs of aging and skin damage and the results are minimal unless used in cycles, then generally desired results are more achievable. Medium peels are effective in reducing signs of sun damage and fine wrinkles. A deep peel noticeably tightens the skin and eliminates wrinkles and the effects are commonly dramatic. Repeated deep peels are not recommended.

When you have tried other products that are not effective for your skin or what you are looking to accomplish with your skin goals, a chemical peel would be a good place to start as they are much more effective than standard over the counter products. It is always best to start with a lower level 1 peel and apply it for the minimum amount of time before increasing the time on the skin or using it in layers.

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Salicylic Acid

Acne Inflammation: Whiteheads, often called zits, are frustrating to anyone suffering from acne. These white heads cause inflammation in the skin upon breakouts. Whitehead acne treatment is not difficult, but must be done with care to prevent acne scarring and problem skin later on in life. With caution, however, treating zits and removing whiteheads can be easily remedied at home.

Acne inflammation

One remedy that can be used is spot treatment. For the best effect, apply only to the inflamed whitehead, and leave it on for a longer time than usual (since it is only directed on one spot). After several minutes, if it starts to sting, take a wet paper towel and gently dab the area that was treated.  This will neutralize that area, and prevent the peel from penetrating too deep.  The peel can be removed with water when the application time is finished.  Apply the Salicylic twice daily for 2 weeks, or until skin has cleared.  Then apply 2-3 times a week for a full facial.

Salicylic helps to kill the bacteria causing the infection, and in the end causing the whitehead to shrink. It works best when the acne is closer to the surface.  If the infection is very deep or cystic, the process will take a longer pace since the acid won’t be able the reach the infection.

Another option to treating whiteheads is applying warm to hot water on the face or the acne spot with a clean towel or washcloth. First, wet a clean washcloth with water that is warm to hot in temperature. Do NOT burn yourself! Place the washcloth over the area where the whitehead acne is located or place the towel gently on the face. The warm water softens the skin, helping to prevent acne scarring. It also will help open up your pores and help get rid of impurities. Repeat this process until the skin is soft and warm. Alternately, you can skip this step and move on to step two if you are performing the acne treatment immediately upon exiting a hot shower or bath.

With clean hands, gently insert the sharpened tip of the blood lancet into the whitehead. It is important to just puncture the tip of the whitehead. Do not “pick” the whitehead with the lancet. The goal is to create a small opening in the whitehead to allow the whitehead acne to drain.

With clean fingers, and using only the fingertips, not the fingernails, apply gentle, even pressure on both sides of the whitehead. The white pus from the whitehead acne should flow slowly out of the opening created by the lancet. When finished, clean the area again with the washcloth.

Apply one drop of tea tree oil to the area where the whitehead acne had been. Tea tree oil is a home remedy for acne. Its antibacterial properties make it an ideal natural acne treatment. Apply one to three times per day to help prevent acne or treat acne.

Tips and Warnings

If your whitehead acne is persistent, consult with a doctor or an esthetician (skin care professional) for a personalized acne treatment and prevention plan.

For best results, remove acne and whiteheads after a shower or hot bath taken in the evening. The steam from the shower will soften the skin, and the skin will have a chance to close up again before being exposed to free radicals and elements found outside.

For persistent acne, consider using topical treatments, such as benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid creams.
Do not use fingernails or pick at acne. Doing so can spread the bacteria that causes acne to other areas of the face, and can increase the chances of acne scarring.

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Salicylic peel: Results for salicylic are usually longer because the oil, dirt, and bacteria must make its way to the surface before the skin can begin clearing up, this is why many will experience an initial breakout.

By maintaining an anhydrogenous environment we preserve the lipid solubility of the entire solution. This allows us to greatly lessen the risk of excess irritation because of the nature of the molecules. Salicylic acid is oil soluble, which is great for two reasons. First, the outside layer of you skin is covered in oil, and being oil soluble, the salicylic acid is able to penetrate this outer layer. However under this outermost layer is the dermis, and this layer is made up of mostly water. As you know oil and water don’t mix, and this keeps the salicylic acid from moving down past the outer most levels of the epidermis, and is therefore is much safer than using alcohol/water solvent which would force the salicylic too deeply into the skin, disrupting this natural mechanism.

If you are unsure if the Salicylic peel is effective, after application, you will feel a slight tingling on the skin. This means the peel is starting to penetrate your skin. If you want a stronger response, leave the peel longer on the skin. But remember not to overdo peels. Rinse thoroughly after use.

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Salicylic peel for acne: There are a couple of treatments you can do to speed up the healing and diminish its appearance.

If you have oily skin and find that you need a little more help with your acne problems, you can normally leave the salicylic peel overnight and this is only for “spot treatment”, NOT for the entire face! The oily skin will neutralize the salicylic acid, without the need to wash it off. But be careful, you can only do this with the salicylic acid, not with any of the AHA’s like glycolic or lactic, because the molecules are different. The AHA’s wont be able to self-neutralize. The safest way to use a chemical peel is to always rinse after each use.

These are a few more factors that the Salicylic acid have that helps remedy acne problems:

Anti-inflammatory and Antiseptic Properties- the Salicylic Acid (also in aspirin) works actively to reduce the redness and inflammation of the pimple, and to eliminate irritation to the spot, further reducing swelling.

Germicidal – as a primary hormone in the plant’s immune system, the acid helps kill the P. acnes bacteria and restore healthy environment for faster healing.

Oil Soluble – the salicylic acid because of its oil solubility is able to effectively penetrate the sebum clogged pores of the skin You might be hesitant about putting acid on your face, but using Salicylic Acid is actually much safer than using something like lemon juice (citric acid) because of the nature of the molecule. Salicylic acid is oil soluble, which is great for two reasons. First, the outside layer of you skin is covered in oil, and being oil soluble, the salicylic acid is able to penetrate this outer layer. However the under this outermost layer is the dermis, and this layer is made up of mostly water. As you know oil and water don’t mix, and this keeps the Salicylic acid from moving down past the outer most levels of the epidermis, and so it stays on the surface of the skin.

What’s the Catch? Of course nothing is without a downside, and Salicylic’s is that it can be very drying to the skin. So if you are using it, you will need to make sure and apply a non-comedonic moisturizer such as our Hydrating Repair cream or Cetaphil to prevent excessive dryness. Additionally, use of the salicylic deep gel cleanser on a regular basis between peels will help calm the acne and oily skin, and speed up the process of clearing the skin.

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Salicylic peel: Your skin is made up of several layers of dead skin cells called the epidermis. The salicylic acid works by breaking down the intracellular glue that connects the epidermal skin cells.

This is the result we are trying to achieve. The peels dissolves the outer layers of skin in a controlled manner. With each application of the Salicylic acid a few more layers are removed.

People with thicker skin can often use the Salicylic acid more frequently at first as they remove the built up layers of skin. As the layers of skin are removed, the body will start generating new skin cells to replace the old ones. As the excess layers of skin are removed you will need to lessen the frequency of application to prevent irritation (If you remove too much skin you will turn cherry red and your skin will be very sensitive like when sunburned). We recommend using sunscreen and/or moisturizer to the treated area after each use.

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Salicylic for Rosacea – While some customers with Rosacea have experienced great results with our products, the line is intended to clear mild to moderate acne. Yes, it can be effective in the treatment of “Foliculitis”(a condition where small pimples form on hair follicles). Keratosis Pilaris is a follicular plugging of the skin of the upper arms and thighs (rarely the face). The Salicylic 20 or Lactic 50 may help to smooth the skin of these areas, but will not cure the problem

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As with all our peels, the Salicylic peel may be safely and confidently applied in the home. The salicylic peel has little risk of complication because of the nature of the molecule. Salicylic acid is oil soluble, which is great for two reasons. First, the outside layer of your skin is covered in oil, and being oil soluble, the Salicylic acid is able to penetrate this outer layer. However the under this outermost layer is the dermis, and this layer is made up of mostly water. As you know oil and water don’t mix, and this keeps the Salicylic acid from moving down past the outer most levels of the epidermis, and is therefor the safest of our home chemical peels. It is relatively gentle and a great exfoliator. Of course nothing is without a downside, and Salicylic’s is that it can be very drying to the skin. To prevent excessive dryness I recommend alternating between the Lactic and Salicylic peels. Lactic acid compliments Salicylic very well because it is a natural humectant and actually pulls moisture into the skin. By alternating between the peels you get the benefits of the Salicylic without the excessive dryness. If alternating, apply them 4-6 days apart, each peel no more than once a week.

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The Salicylic acid does not require a prescription in the United States, but in many European countries concentrations above 10% require a prescription. It is normal to experience some visible peeling within 2-3 days of using the product, but not all people will notice visible peeling. It depends on the thickness of the stratum corneum and peeling will stop as this layer becomes more compact with repeated use. If used as a spot treatment, you can apply once a day to acne bumps. Each person’s skin is different, and if redness persists, apply every other day. If you have any questions or concerns about the strength of our products, please feel free to contact us or consult with your dermatologist.

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What is Salicylic Acid? Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid that is synthetically made. It is used in a variety of cosmetic applications, but its primary use is to treat acne. Salicylic acid is a common ingredient in over-the-counter acne treatments. Salicylic acid peels can be used to treat acne, fine wrinkles, minor skin discoloration and sun damage. A salicylic acid peel is an alternative to glycolic peels, which are more common. Salicylic acid peels can be done at home or by a skin professional. How do I apply a Salicylic Acid peel? Determine how deep you want your peel to go. Salicylic acid peels are available in concentrations up to 30 percent, but lesser concentrations can be purchased and applied by the user. If you have more than just minor skin issues that you want addressed, stronger peels are recommended. Avoid exfoliating your skin for a few days prior to the peel. The peel will exfoliate your skin, and you don’t want it to be absorbed too deeply into the dermis. Wash your skin thoroughly with a mild cleanser before applying the peel. You skin needs to be clean so that nothing irritating comes in contact with the new skin immediately after the peel. Apply the salicylic acid to the skin and let it sit for 10 to 20 minutes. If you have the peel done in a spa or doctor’s office, the appropriate amount of time should be monitored for you. Speak up if the acid is causing discomfort, as it should not produce any more than a minor tingle. Have between 6 and 10 treatments for best results. The number of peels in your series depends on the severity of your skin condition, but this is average. Tips & Warnings If you are prone to skin irritation, choose a salicylic peel over a glycolic peel. Salicylic peels are often less irritating, as they have anti-inflammatory and anesthetic properties. Salicylic acid can also be found in combination products that include glycolic acid, lactic acid and other chemicals. Combination products give you the benefits of both types of chemicals. Wear a full-spectrum sun block to protect the new skin from sun exposure. Choose a product that has at least a 30 SPF. It’s not recommended for pregnant women to get salicylic acid peels. Dark-skinned people should avoid deep salicylic acid peels, as they can cause hypo pigmentation, or skin lightening. Be Weary of Increased Sensitivity The salicylic has the lowest risk of causing pigmentation of any superficial peel, and should not be a problem for normal daily activity. You should avoid direct sun exposure when possible and use a sunscreen when spending time outside. If you are planning to spend time in the water, you should not perform a salicylic treatment 5-7 days prior because of the increased sensitivity of the skin, you are much more likely to burn. You should also not apply salicylic acid to sunburned or reddened skin because of the potential skin irritation. Your skin should not be severely damaged from the acid peel, but it may be red and shiny immediately after the peel and for several days following.

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Everyone’s skin is a little different. Start off once every other day, most people tolerate the Salicylic acid well and can apply to trouble spots as part of their evening routine. Exfoliation is a process that takes some time. The cleansing process scrubs your clogged pores that are embedded with dirt and dead skin cells. As the top layers are removed, this congestion inside the skin may emerge in the form of blemishes. The entire process takes several weeks to purge the skin, but afterwards skin should be noticeably smoother and cleaner.

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It is not recommended that people use both Salicylic and Lactic peels on the same day especially for first time users. Lactic is the stronger peel so combination of use of any other peels with the Lactic is strongly discouraged. We recommend to use the Salicylic peel, then wait 3 days before applying the Lactic. Once your skin becomes accustomed, you may move the application days closer, and then eventually apply on the same day but still do this with caution. The Salicylic Acid is very effective at removing dead skin cells, allowing the Lactic Acid to penetrate deeper into the skin, giving you a deeper peel. Remember that the depth of the peel is controlled by contact time, frequency of application, and thickness of application. After your peel, if you are experiencing what looks and feels like a sunburn, or if you experience discomfort in the days following an application, then the peel has penetrated too deeply. I recommend you wait at least 10 days before applying the peel again. This allows the time needed for new skin growth. Upon applying the peel to your skin again, you should reduce the application time. As your skin becomes accustomed to the treatment you may increase application time and/or thickness of the application as you are comfortable.

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The Salicylic acid can be used during pregnancy. There is little, if any at all that is absorbed through the skin, which would cause it to enter into the bloodstream. However, our product has not been tested specifically on pregnant women. Like with any product, if you have any questions about it’s use during pregnancy, first consult with your physician prior to use.

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Skin Conditions

Acne Inflammation: Whiteheads, often called zits, are frustrating to anyone suffering from acne. These white heads cause inflammation in the skin upon breakouts. Whitehead acne treatment is not difficult, but must be done with care to prevent acne scarring and problem skin later on in life. With caution, however, treating zits and removing whiteheads can be easily remedied at home.

Acne inflammation

One remedy that can be used is spot treatment. For the best effect, apply only to the inflamed whitehead, and leave it on for a longer time than usual (since it is only directed on one spot). After several minutes, if it starts to sting, take a wet paper towel and gently dab the area that was treated.  This will neutralize that area, and prevent the peel from penetrating too deep.  The peel can be removed with water when the application time is finished.  Apply the Salicylic twice daily for 2 weeks, or until skin has cleared.  Then apply 2-3 times a week for a full facial.

Salicylic helps to kill the bacteria causing the infection, and in the end causing the whitehead to shrink. It works best when the acne is closer to the surface.  If the infection is very deep or cystic, the process will take a longer pace since the acid won’t be able the reach the infection.

Another option to treating whiteheads is applying warm to hot water on the face or the acne spot with a clean towel or washcloth. First, wet a clean washcloth with water that is warm to hot in temperature. Do NOT burn yourself! Place the washcloth over the area where the whitehead acne is located or place the towel gently on the face. The warm water softens the skin, helping to prevent acne scarring. It also will help open up your pores and help get rid of impurities. Repeat this process until the skin is soft and warm. Alternately, you can skip this step and move on to step two if you are performing the acne treatment immediately upon exiting a hot shower or bath.

With clean hands, gently insert the sharpened tip of the blood lancet into the whitehead. It is important to just puncture the tip of the whitehead. Do not “pick” the whitehead with the lancet. The goal is to create a small opening in the whitehead to allow the whitehead acne to drain.

With clean fingers, and using only the fingertips, not the fingernails, apply gentle, even pressure on both sides of the whitehead. The white pus from the whitehead acne should flow slowly out of the opening created by the lancet. When finished, clean the area again with the washcloth.

Apply one drop of tea tree oil to the area where the whitehead acne had been. Tea tree oil is a home remedy for acne. Its antibacterial properties make it an ideal natural acne treatment. Apply one to three times per day to help prevent acne or treat acne.

Tips and Warnings

If your whitehead acne is persistent, consult with a doctor or an esthetician (skin care professional) for a personalized acne treatment and prevention plan.

For best results, remove acne and whiteheads after a shower or hot bath taken in the evening. The steam from the shower will soften the skin, and the skin will have a chance to close up again before being exposed to free radicals and elements found outside.

For persistent acne, consider using topical treatments, such as benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid creams.
Do not use fingernails or pick at acne. Doing so can spread the bacteria that causes acne to other areas of the face, and can increase the chances of acne scarring.

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Cystic Acne and Chemical Peels

A chemical peel can smooth the skin, reduce oil, and lower the number of cystic acne nodules if performed correctly and consistently. A glycolic or salicylic peel is perhaps the most sought after chemical peel for acne treatment.

What you need to know about Acne

Nearly everyone gets acne. No matter what your race or age may be, acne is a common problem worldwide. Over 80% of people between the ages of 11 and 30 have some type of acne breakout in their lifetime. While acne usually dissipates by the time most of us reach our 30’s, some people experience adult acne well into their thirties and possibly longer.
Baby acne is also not entirely uncommon. Baby acne most often occurs a few weeks after your child’s birth. While it may alarm you, the most important thing to remember is: Don’t panic. The condition will usually go away on its own. You can help your baby’s skin by not using creams or oils and try to avoid over-scrubbing their faces. It’s probably safe to say that the acne is not bothering your baby, so try not to let it bother you. Baby acne should go away in 4 to 6 months as your child’s hormones level out.
In case you were wondering, the scientific name for acne is acne vulgaris, which sounds just dreadful but literally means “common acne.” This is the type of acne that affects more teenagers and adults later in life, and is not to be confused with Rosacea. Cystic acne occurs when your skin glands become plugged with oil causing lessoned outbreaks commonly referred to as pimples or zits. Pimples occur on the face, neck, shoulders, back, and chest, but acne on the arms and legs are not unusual.  It is best to treat cystic acne by alternating between the Salicylic and the Lactic. Using the two together, allows for a peel much deeper than the Salicylic alone.

What we know for sure about acne is that it is caused by hormonal imbalances in adolescents and young adults, but the exact reason why some people get acne and others don’t, or why some people get much worse acne breakouts than others is unknown. We do know that acne is at least partially hereditary, which speaks more to a genetic predisposition and not something that can be physically changed or altered in your every day routine. However, when dealing with existing acne there are acne treatments available to you that will certainly help your active acne.

Other Popular Treatments

Since the causes of acne are still somewhat unclear, the treatments for acne vary. It’s good to keep in mind that while some acne treatments really do work, not all acne treatments work the same for everyone. What is successful for controlling acne with one person might not necessarily be effective for someone else. Successful acne treatments and acne products include topical bactericidals, topical and oral antibiotics, hormonal treatments for women, topical retinoids (Retin-A®), or oral retinoids (such as Accutane® or Claravis™). Retinoids work by influencing the lifecycle of the cells related to acne. Solutions for fighting acne while building stronger, healthier skin include IPL Photofacial, Blue Light Therapy, Thermage®, Laser Skin Rejuvenation, Chemical Peels, and Microdermabrasion.

The average acne treatment usually takes up to 6-8 weeks before you start seeing results. It’s important to remember to continue your treatment once your acne improves or clears, since acne is a genetic attribute it will return. If acne cysts do not improve in those 8 weeks, your acne treatments might need to be adjusted. With so many acne treatments it’s important to find one that works best for you.

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Salicylic peel: Results for salicylic are usually longer because the oil, dirt, and bacteria must make its way to the surface before the skin can begin clearing up, this is why many will experience an initial breakout.

By maintaining an anhydrogenous environment we preserve the lipid solubility of the entire solution. This allows us to greatly lessen the risk of excess irritation because of the nature of the molecules. Salicylic acid is oil soluble, which is great for two reasons. First, the outside layer of you skin is covered in oil, and being oil soluble, the salicylic acid is able to penetrate this outer layer. However under this outermost layer is the dermis, and this layer is made up of mostly water. As you know oil and water don’t mix, and this keeps the salicylic acid from moving down past the outer most levels of the epidermis, and is therefore is much safer than using alcohol/water solvent which would force the salicylic too deeply into the skin, disrupting this natural mechanism.

If you are unsure if the Salicylic peel is effective, after application, you will feel a slight tingling on the skin. This means the peel is starting to penetrate your skin. If you want a stronger response, leave the peel longer on the skin. But remember not to overdo peels. Rinse thoroughly after use.

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Salicylic peel for acne: There are a couple of treatments you can do to speed up the healing and diminish its appearance.

If you have oily skin and find that you need a little more help with your acne problems, you can normally leave the salicylic peel overnight and this is only for “spot treatment”, NOT for the entire face! The oily skin will neutralize the salicylic acid, without the need to wash it off. But be careful, you can only do this with the salicylic acid, not with any of the AHA’s like glycolic or lactic, because the molecules are different. The AHA’s wont be able to self-neutralize. The safest way to use a chemical peel is to always rinse after each use.

These are a few more factors that the Salicylic acid have that helps remedy acne problems:

Anti-inflammatory and Antiseptic Properties- the Salicylic Acid (also in aspirin) works actively to reduce the redness and inflammation of the pimple, and to eliminate irritation to the spot, further reducing swelling.

Germicidal – as a primary hormone in the plant’s immune system, the acid helps kill the P. acnes bacteria and restore healthy environment for faster healing.

Oil Soluble – the salicylic acid because of its oil solubility is able to effectively penetrate the sebum clogged pores of the skin You might be hesitant about putting acid on your face, but using Salicylic Acid is actually much safer than using something like lemon juice (citric acid) because of the nature of the molecule. Salicylic acid is oil soluble, which is great for two reasons. First, the outside layer of you skin is covered in oil, and being oil soluble, the salicylic acid is able to penetrate this outer layer. However the under this outermost layer is the dermis, and this layer is made up of mostly water. As you know oil and water don’t mix, and this keeps the Salicylic acid from moving down past the outer most levels of the epidermis, and so it stays on the surface of the skin.

What’s the Catch? Of course nothing is without a downside, and Salicylic’s is that it can be very drying to the skin. So if you are using it, you will need to make sure and apply a non-comedonic moisturizer such as our Hydrating Repair cream or Cetaphil to prevent excessive dryness. Additionally, use of the salicylic deep gel cleanser on a regular basis between peels will help calm the acne and oily skin, and speed up the process of clearing the skin.

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Chemical peels: Though deep (phenol) peels are only appropriate for the face, the skin on any part of the body can be treated with a special mix of the chemicals used in mild and medium skin peels.

The chemical solution for body chemical peels is typically comprised of a combination of trichloroacetic acid (the main ingredient in a medium-depth skin peel) and glycolic acid (the main ingredient of a mild peel). Chemicals peels for other parts of the body other than the face is either formulated slightly stronger than the chemical solution used for light or medium facial skin peels or used at longer periods of time with additional layering, though it is still milder than the phenol solution used for deep skin peels. Thus, chemical peels that are formulated for the skin can be used to treat other areas of the body but expect the results to be different. It may take longer for the other areas to react to the ‘gentler’ face peels. Generally the stronger peels are going to work best for other areas on the body, and using them in layers will be more effective.

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Salicylic for Rosacea – While some customers with Rosacea have experienced great results with our products, the line is intended to clear mild to moderate acne. Yes, it can be effective in the treatment of “Foliculitis”(a condition where small pimples form on hair follicles). Keratosis Pilaris is a follicular plugging of the skin of the upper arms and thighs (rarely the face). The Salicylic 20 or Lactic 50 may help to smooth the skin of these areas, but will not cure the problem

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Remove deep wrinkles – Most peels will not remove deep lines or wrinkles. Laser resurfacing is recommended in most cases where wrinkles are advanced. However, a peel will often improve the tone, texture, smoothness and appearance of skin. If used consistently for longer periods of time, it may improve the deeper lines and wrinkles over time.

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Reducing Scars – Scars are very difficult to remove. Scars are formed below the outer most layer of skin, which makes them deeper than problems such as acne. You have to be careful that when treating the scar to reduce its appearance, you do not use an overly aggressive treatment regimen. The best peel for scar treatment is the TCA peel and Lactic Peel. The TCA acts in two ways which helps to reduce the scar appearance. It helps remove the outer layers of the skin forming the scar and it works beneath the surface of the skin to stimulate collagen production which thickens the skin and reduces the appearance of the scar. It may not completely remove a scar, but its appearance can be greatly improved and its size diminished. For superficial scars, the Glycolic or lactic would be a good choice. The Glycolic stimulates collagen growth slightly better, while the Lactic has the edge at treating Hyperpigmentation. Most scars are noticeable because of the pigmentation differences, and this is most treatable through chemical peels. Large scars will require more invasive procedures from a doctor for the desired result.

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  • Inas says:

    If u want to treat old acne scars , what steps whould we take with these 3 peels? Glycolic , lactic and tca ? Which one we start with

    • David Petrillo says:

      They will all eventually help fade scars over time with consistent use, however the TCA is known to be more effective in treating scars as it reaches deeper into the skin to help fade and turnover skin. The Revitaboost is probably going to be the most effective for scars both new and old. Keep in mind fading or removing scars is a long process but consistency is key.

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    Back Acne- Glycolic for Pigmentation and Scarring. The glycolic peel will help minimize and reduce pigmentation differences, as well as reduce the appearance of scarring while smoothing the skin and encouraging collagen growth. Normally a series of 6-8 weekly treatments is required to notice full results, as the improvements are incremental. The Benefits of Lactic Acid. For primarily pigmentation, I would the lactic/50 peel, or for pigmentation and scarring the glycolic 30 is best and for active acne, salicylic 20. There are a few things to keep in mind while applying to your back. We recommend applying in the shower (with the water off), or next to the shower to ensure you can remove it easily and thoroughly. Also, application of the peel will be much less troublesome with the aid of another person to ensure you can remove it easily and effectively. The salicylic peel will also be effective for acne on the back, you may even rotate between glycolic and salicylic for best results.

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    Best product for sensitive skin , unwrinkled skin – If you have sensitive skin and no wrinkles, the Lactic, glycolic, and Salicylic acids will work best for you. Its important to test before using because each person’s skin is different, so some people can leave the peel on for 5 minutes, while other people can only stand 30 seconds. For acne, salicylic acid has several properties that make it a very effective treatment for sensitive skin. It acts as an anti-inflammatory to help immediately reduce the inflammation of the acne. Also, the salicylic acid is oil soluble so it can penetrate the sebum clogged pores better than glycolic acid or lactic acid, which are both water soluble. Salicylic is relatively gentle and a great exfoliator. Also, the salicylic peel has little risk of complication because of the nature of the molecule. Salicylic acid is oil soluble, which is great for two reasons. First, the outside layer of you skin is covered in oil, meaning that the oil-soluble salicylic molecule is able to penetrate this outer layer. However the under this outermost layer is the dermis, and this layer is made up of mostly water. As you know oil and water don’t mix, and this keeps the salicylic acid from moving down past the outer most levels of the epidermis. What You Should Know of course nothing is without a downside, and Salicylic acid’s is that it can be very drying to the skin. Also, because it works at the surface of the skin it does not work as well at fading pigmentation beneath the epidermis as the Glycolic or the Lactic. So if you’re using it on a regular basis you need to apply a noncomedonic moisturizer like cetaphil to prevent excessive dryness. It is also very effective to combine the Lactic acid and salicylic acid treatments because lactic acid it is a natural humectant and actually pulls moisture into the skin. By alternating between the peels you get the benefits of the salicylic without the excessive dryness. If alternating, apply them 3-4 days apart, depending on your skin’s sensitivity. If you are looking more for a maintenance peel, any of our level 1 peels will be best for starting out and are mild enough for sensitive skin types.

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    Best peel for Melasma – The best treatment for Melasma consists of a combination of bleaching and exfoliation or light peels. Bleaching is not a fast process. Depending upon how dark the area is compared to the normal skin tone, it can take as along as one year or sometimes longer, but normally you will notice results within several weeks. By adding exfoliation (glycolic peels) in combination with hydroquinone, you can hasten the resolution of melasma. The Glycolic acid works to remove superficial pigmented skin cells and also eases penetration of the hydroquinone. I would recommend using a 2% or 4% hydroquinone twice daily and combine that with weekly glycolic peels. It is important to avoid sun exposure and use a SPF 30 sunblock when you will be exposed to the sun. Sun exposure will cause the brown pigment to reappear. The 4% hydroquinone is only available with a doctor’s prescription.You can also use mild lactic or salicylic peel in combination with hydroquinone.

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    Both the glycolic and the lactic have anti-aging effects, but in different ways. The Glycolic works mainly underneath the skin, while the lactic works on the surface of the skin. Glycolic acid is the smallest Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA), Lactic acid is slightly larger. Glycolic, because of its small size is able to penetrate deeper into the dermis. It has received the most attention from the medical community, and is generally considered the best AHA to treat fine lines and wrinkles. Lactic acid because of its slightly larger molecule is slightly less harsh on the skin. It acts naturally as a humectant to pull moisture into the skin, and is part of mammalian skin physiology, meaning it occurs naturally in the body. It is generally considered best for treating pigmentation and skin spots. TCA is also a good peel for anti-aging as it is a more powerful exfoliator than the other acids and has the ability to penetrate slightly deeper into the surface levels.

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    Salicylic acid is generally the best for Eczema because it is such a strong keratolytic agent. It is able to remove plaques and rough spots very effectively without being overly irritating to the underlying skin layer, but it may be drying to the outer skin layer. For this reason many customers alternate between Salicylic and Lactic peels weekly and find this gives them the best results. By alternating the peels you get good results without too much dryness.

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    Chemical Peels…and Patience Treating freckles or pigmentation is a gradual process. You should start to notice some changes within a couple weeks, but the progress is incremental. For pigmentation problems I would recommend the Lactic 50% Acid peel or the Glycolic Acid. Both of these products are safe for use on dark skin, and are effective against hyperpigmentation. The Glycolic 30% gel peel also contains Glycolic acid which helps to stimulate collagen in the epidermis causing a reduction in lines and fuller skin. By getting the combination you can get both in one treatment. When you first start, apply it to a test area for 1 minute and then rinse off. Wait 24 hours, and if no problems you can apply the peel. I would apply once a week at first, and adjust according to your individual skin sensitivity. Prevention is the Best Cure Please remember that pigmentation can only be effectively treated if you use a sunscreen. Sun exposure combined with other factors is the primary cause of sun spots, and no treatment will help without good sun protection and avoidance. Any sunscreen with SPF 30+ will be sufficient to protect your skin from over-exposure to the sun.

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    The best product for dry skin is the Lactic. Lactic acid works as a humectant, pulling moisture from the air and dermis and holding it in the outer layers of skin. This allows the Lactic acid to gently exfoliate the skin without being drying. Other Benefits: It helps wrinkles by stimulating collagen production. Studies have show after 6-8 weeks of use the thickness of the collagen within the skin is 20-30% greater. This helps to improve the texture of the skin by smoothing fine wrinkles. The Lactic acid is also gentler than the glycolic, which makes it great for people with drier skin. Our Lactic is 50%, which is a stronger version. We would suggest adding some purified water or distilled water to dilute the peel if it is too strong for you.

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    All of the our acids will work to solve this. What causes razor bumps is faulty keratinization. Normally old skin cells are sloughed off and discarded, but in KP the process is slower than normal and surplus skin cells build up around the individual hair follicles. Any of the acids will work, but the Salicylic or Glycolic is the most prescribed by dermatologists to correct this problem. Each person responds a little differently, but many have reported that Salicylic acid is has been more effective for this.

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    If you have oily skin or active acne, alternating between the Lactic and Salicylic peels provides good results, and is not as harsh as the Salicylic or Glycolic alone. If alternating, apply them 3-4 days apart alternating between the Lactic and Salicylic. Salicylic alone is also very effective for oily skin. Using a salicylic cleanser in between peel treatments is also a good way to keep the oily skin down. Additionally Mandelic acid is also very effective and is a less harsh alternative to salicylic acid.

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    Skin Safety

    Chemical peel Pain: In general, users only feel a mild stinging sensation during light or medium chemical peels. After the procedure, a mild pain reliever may be taken to relieve any discomfort, if necessary. There should not be any pain, however if you do experience pain, you should immediately rinse the skin with cool water to neutralize the peel. You may feel a slight stinging or mild burning sensation with each peel, this lets you know the peel is working on the surface and penetrating the epidermis, the sting or burn should not be painful. A fan should help with any discomfort. The salicylic peel may have more of a stinging or burning sensation on the skin than the other peels, this does not mean it is penetrating deep than the others. If it becomes uncomfortable, wash it off with water.

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    asian skin: All of the peels are relatively safe and can be used for all skin types. However, with any product, it is always recommended that you do a small test application first. Apply for 30 seconds and rinse off.  A waiting period of 24 hours is recommended, and if no excessive irritation exists, you’re free to use the peel. When selecting the test site, remember you don’t want to peel the same area twice, so choose somewhere different than where you would like to initially apply the peel. (For example, don’t test on your face if you want to peel your face). Our peels are generally very well tolerated, much more so than other peels because we put more pH and less acid on our products.

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    Control depth of a chemical peel- It is always best to apply the chemical peel for the minimum recommended time or less, and continue to monitor your skin closely after applying the peel. If your skin turns white (frosts), you should always wash the peel off quickly. If the skin does frost, it typically means you have penetrated past the epidermis into the dermis, and the skin may darken or turn red before peeling off. Usually the results are very noticeable after a deeper peel has been performed. When using the salicylic peel, the white on the skin is typically not a frost, as micro amounts of salicylic stays on the surface as it is exposed to air when the alcohol evaporates, which has the appearance of a frost.

    You can control the depth of a chemical peel by adjusting the application time or amount of layers used. Since most of our peels have an adjusted pH and are in a gel form you will not experience a frost. The recommended times are good starting points, as your skin sensitivity allows, you can increase the application time. Each time you apply a layer during a treatment, the peel will penetrate deeper into the skin until it reaches a certain point. Layers should be used approximately 1-3 minutes apart from each other, and should not exceed 5 layers for any peel. If you skin does burn and you experience excessive redness or swelling you should apply a good moisturizer, aloe vera, and ibuprofen and Tylenol can be used for inflammation.

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    Both the Lactic and Salicylic peels are safe for African-American or darkly complected skin, although some stronger peels, like phenol are not. Although the Lactic 50 is the lowest % we carry, you can mix the peel with distilled water in equal parts to make a 25% solution. You can also use any level 1 peel such as the glycolic 30 or Pineapple enzyme peel which will be safe enough for darker complexions.

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    Skin conditions can be caused by allergies/reactions, genetics/ethnicity, medical conditions, and medication. Smoking, habits, diet, and stress all play a part in our health, which is reflected in our skin’s appearance. Environmental exposure, air quality, pollutants, humidity, can all affect the skin.

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    The sun is responsible for 90%- 98% of aging, causing wrinkles, lines, hyper-pigmentation (“age spots”) and loss of natural moisture and elasticity. Beta hydroxy acid is also known as salicylic acid and occurs naturally in wintergreen leaves, sweet birch and selected plants. This acid can aid in improving the appearance and condition of the skin. In fact, most peels will help combat the effects of the sun by removing cellular surface layers of the skin and revealing the underlaying skin. We recommend using an SPF 30+ when you will be outside or exposed to the sun.

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    Current public opinion seems to think that a tanned appearance is more aesthetically pleasing than a natural flesh skin tone. However, tanning and depigmenting the skin (which is one of the effects of the peels) do not go together. Staying out of the sun and avoiding its harsh UV rays will help to reduce your risk of skin cancer and will help to prolong a more youthful appearance of your skin’s texture. Did you know that avoiding the sun is the best thing you can do for you skin? Harmful rays from the sun causes wrinkles, age spots, and dark spots. 10 minutes is the recommended amount of time by physicians and dermatologists to be under the sun everyday since the sun helps promote Vitamin D when UV-B rays hit the skin. It’s a lifestyle choice that you need to make for yourself. However, after using chemical peels, we highly recommend staying out of the sun. Even application of sunblock on your skin is highly recommended.

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    You must be very careful when applying around the eyes as this area is very sensitive. I would avoid applying it to this area until you have some understanding of how your skin reacts to the peel. Always apply to the eye area separately from the rest of the face, and only after you know how you respond to the Glycolic and Lactic acids. In this way you can then better estimate how long you can leave it in the eye area… most likely 30 seconds and then remove it to avoid irritation. Be very careful to not to get any in your eyes. If this happens wash repeatedly with cool water for 5-7 minutes… but this is uncomfortable, so its better not to get it in your eyes.

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    Younger skin can be much more sensitive, so please be aware of this and test before applying. Apply to a small area under your chin or cheek prior to applying a full-face peel. It is always important to start slow and adjust your contact time and strength of the peel accordingly. We recommend being at least 18 years of age to use our products.

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    As with all our peels, the Salicylic peel may be safely and confidently applied in the home. The salicylic peel has little risk of complication because of the nature of the molecule. Salicylic acid is oil soluble, which is great for two reasons. First, the outside layer of your skin is covered in oil, and being oil soluble, the Salicylic acid is able to penetrate this outer layer. However the under this outermost layer is the dermis, and this layer is made up of mostly water. As you know oil and water don’t mix, and this keeps the Salicylic acid from moving down past the outer most levels of the epidermis, and is therefor the safest of our home chemical peels. It is relatively gentle and a great exfoliator. Of course nothing is without a downside, and Salicylic’s is that it can be very drying to the skin. To prevent excessive dryness I recommend alternating between the Lactic and Salicylic peels. Lactic acid compliments Salicylic very well because it is a natural humectant and actually pulls moisture into the skin. By alternating between the peels you get the benefits of the Salicylic without the excessive dryness. If alternating, apply them 4-6 days apart, each peel no more than once a week.

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    Applying sunblock is necessary to achieve optimum results. Real improvement is seen only when you make a commitment to avoid and protect against sun exposure. For some patients remembering to use sunblock is not easy. However, when the skin is exposed to the suns UV rays without proper protection, the risk of hyperpigmentation reoccurring is greater. Hyperpigmentation (“age spots”), wrinkles, fine lines, pre-mature aging, these things are all caused by sun exposure. 10 minutes under the sun is the recommended daily dose for sun exposure as UV-B rays after penetrating the skin cells, promote Vitamin-D production.

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    The Salicylic acid can be used during pregnancy. There is little, if any at all that is absorbed through the skin, which would cause it to enter into the bloodstream. However, our product has not been tested specifically on pregnant women. Like with any product, if you have any questions about it’s use during pregnancy, first consult with your physician prior to use.

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