Skin Rejuvenation, Treatment of Melasma, Acne and Acne induced dyschromias
Chemical Peels also called Skin Polishing a technique of exfoliation used to create ultra-smooth skin. The procedure removes the top layer of skin, which is invariably damaged by sun pigmentation, scarring from spots or suffering from poor skin tone. This shedding of skin is even and controlled, and allows new layers of skin to be exposed, resulting in a noticeably youthful, fresh appearance, smoother and clearer complexion. Chemical peels are one of the most popular cosmetic procedures. They are most commonly used to treat the aging face and acne. Peels are categorized based on the depth of the procedure: superficial, medium or deep. Peel ingredients vary and can include
Glycolic Acid, also known as Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA), is a non-toxic chemical exfoliant naturally found in sugar beets, unripe grapes and sugarcane. Contrary to the TCA Peel, which can penetrate deep into the dermis, the Glycolic Acid Peel dissolves the uppermost layer of the epidermis thus revealing fresh, smooth skin.
Glycolic Acid is a very popular skin peeling treatment. It is gentle and has little to no downtime compared to other stronger peels such as Jessner and TCA. The exfoliating effect of the AHAs promotes healthy skin regeneration and yields increased skin tissue hydration as a result of the new exfoliated skins’ capacity to bind water. Glycolic Acid works against a number of typical skin ailments such as fine lines and wrinkles, irregular skin pigmentation and clogged pores (which can lead to acne breakouts). It has the ability to safely, yet effectively break down dead, mature layers of pore-clogging proteins and lipids to reveal a more youthful and healthier complexion. It also helps reduce and dislodge ingrown hairs.
First, a skincare specialist will choose a glycolic acid peeling solution’s potency or strength ranging from light (20%-30%) to medium (40%-500%) to deep (60%-70%). The peeling solution is gently applied then left on the skin for a few minutes depending on the desired results and your tolerance and reaction to the AHAs. You’ll likely experience a slight tingling or itching for 2-3 minutes, but the process should not cause any pain or discomfort. A temporary stinging and itching effect has been noted upon initial contact as well as redness and minor skin sensitivity. Once the peel is neutralized the skin may appear a little bit red and shiny, but don’t fret. This will fade within a couple of hours. STEPPIE MD® Antioxidant Sunscreen Spray SPF 25 is then applied. Not only chemical free, this UVA/UVB daily sun protection provides moisture while protecting your skin from the sun, which is very important after a chemical peel. You will need to follow the post-treatment instructions provided by your paramedical clinical esthetician to assure safety and best results.
Mild flaking could last from 5-7 days on average and may take longer depending on the strength/potency used.
Sunburn Alert: This product contains Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) that may increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun and the possibility of sunburn. We recommend using STEPPIE MD® Antioxidant Sunscreen Spray SPF 25, which provides broad-spectrum protection from both UVA and UVB rays with no chemical sun filters. It contains the FDA-approved physical blocker, Zinc Oxide to reflect light away from the skin. Apply 30 minutes before exposure and reapply often when exposed to the sun.