Chemical Peels Are a Skin Game Changer

skin care in northeast ohioCleopatra had it right when it came to her skin. She bathed in milk. Milk has lactic acid which is great for all skin types. It moisturizes because it pulls moisture from the air and holds it in the skin. That is why Cleopatra was known to have fabulous skin.
So, fast forward to 1980 and that is when Estheticians began using chemical peels in the treatment room. Today chemical peels are still one of the best tools for Estheticians. They resurface and regenerate the skin by stimulating the cellular renewal cycle. Chemical peels induce the skins collagen remodeling. This makes the skin plump, softens lines and wrinkles. Chemical peels also lighten, tighten and, brighten your skin. 
There are 2 ways chemical peels are chosen for your skin type. Your Fitspatrick classification.  That means your genetic disposition. Your reaction to sun exposure and tanning habits. The numbering system is Type I, Type II, Type III, TypeIV, Type V,  and Type VI. (see chart).
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The other classification is your Glagau Classification. This means it measures the severity of your wrinkles and photo aging. Your Esthetician can decide your classification by analyzing your skin. (see chart)
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Certain peels are used for certain skin types. Your skin concerns will also be taken into consideration when the Esthetician makes a choice on what peel is best for you.

    • Wrinkles- Glycolic Acid, Retinol, Salicylic Acid
    • Sensitive skin- Vit C, Enzymes, Peptides, Lactic Acid, Kojic Acid
    • Photo Damage and Pigment- Lactic Acid, Kojic Acid, Salicylic
    • Dry Dehydrated skin- Vit C, Enzymes, Peptides, Lactic Acid, Kojic Acid
    • Acne and Oily- Salicylic acid, Glycolic Acid, Retinol

 It is recommended to get one chemical peel a month in combination with professional grade skincare products. This will give you the best results and should be done in a series of 6 or more. This type of treatment plan and regimen should have your skin looking great. Your Esthetician should photograph you each visit. This will show you proof of results. You see your skin everyday so sometimes you may be  uncertain of positive results. Photos do not lie.

 After your peel, a post peel care regimen is extremely important. Your Esthetician should provide you with a kit or recommendations of what professional products to use during your skins rejuvenating process. The kit or recommendations should include a mild cleanser, a melanin inhibitor (pigment control), a serum that promotes collagen growth and healing, and a sunscreen to protect your skin while it is reconstructing. Moisturization is an option but not necessary. Too much moisturization can slow down the chemical peel process and possibly inhibit results. Your Esthetician will recommend what moisturizer will be beneficial for your skin.  Be certain to be diligent using the post treatment regimen. It is crucial to the rejuvenation and reconstructive process of your skin. OVER THE COUNTER products are not acceptable and may cause inflammation or irritation.

During the rejuvenation process your skin may flake and or peel. It is necessary to let this occur naturally. That means DO NOT assist by picking or peeling. Depending on the type of chemical peel, it can take anywhere from 3 to 7 days to stop peeling. As the saying goes, Patience is a virtue. And it will pay off when the peeling process is all done. People will ask you, “What have you been doing to your skin? It looks great!”

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