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How should I care for my skin after a Chemical Peel?

How should I care for my skin after a Chemical Peel?

How Should I care for my skin after a Chemical Peel?

Chemical peels are used to achieve better skin tone and to remove fine lines, wrinkles, improve discoloration, help rejuvenate the skin, sloughs off the damaged, outermost layer which allows smoother, more evenly pigmented skin surface.  Dramatic results may be achieved with a single treatment, but we usually recommended a series of 3 to 6 treatments (one every three to four weeks) to achieve the full benefits of smoother, younger looking skin.
I’m a PCA Skin Certified Professional, fully trained to administer any PCA Skin medical and professional treatments.  I know everyone’s skin is unique, and will always make the best peel selections for your particular skin care needs.  Now that you have read my precious blog, “What is Chemical Peel, is it right for my skin”, let’s get into the most important part, your at home regiment and how to care for your skin after a Chemical peel!  Within 3 to 5 days after receiving a Chemical peel you should not necessarily expect to peel, however, light to medium flaking in a few localized areas for several days is typical.  To minimize side effects and maximize results use the Post Procedure Solution kit you received after the treatment to be used at home 3 to 5 days or until flaking has resolved.  

Don’t Pick or Scratch Skin
Chemical peels can cause a reddening and peeling of skin in the days following the treatment, while deeper peels can cause blistering, and peeling can persists for up to 10 days.  Do not pick or pull on any loosening or peeling skin, this could potentially cause hyperpigmentation.  Even though skin may itch or flake early in recovery, it’s important to resist the urge to rub or scratch the affected skin. Picking or otherwise touching the treated area may lessen the results of the peel and increase the risk of infection. Apply moisturizer at least twice a day but can be applied more frequently for hydration to decrease the appearance of flaking or if the skin feels tight.

It’s important to keep your face moisturized after a chemical peel since dry skin is more vulnerable to cracks and flake. Make sure to apply moisturizer and your SPF diligently in the days and weeks following a peel until your skin has completely healed.  It is recommended that other topical over the counter products not be applied to the skin 7 days post procedure, as they may cause irritation.  It is also recommended to delay use of tretinoin, Retin-A, Renova 5 days post procedure.

Sun Protection
Avoid direct sun exposure and excessive heat following all types and strengths of chemical peels. It’s best to avoid the sun completely in the first seven to 14 days after a peel unless you are wearing sunscreen with SPF 30. Unprotected skin is at risk of developing blotchy patches or irregular skin coloring following a peel.   Once your skin has healed, continue to wear sunscreen in order to minimize the formation of new lines and wrinkles. Use a sunscreen with a sun protection factor of 30 or higher. Remember to apply sunscreens 20 to 30 minutes before you head outdoors.

Post Procedure Skin Treatment Tips
Do not have electrolysis, facial waxing for approximately 5 days
Do not go to a tanning bed for at least two weeks post procedure
Do not use hot tubs, steam rooms or saunas for approximately 5 days
Do not go swimming within the first 3 days
Do not participate in exercise that would cause excessive perspiration
Do not apply ice or ice water to the treated area
Stay cool, heating internally can cause hyperpigmentation

What should I expect after a chemical peel?
Right after the chemical has been applied, the skin may sting or tingle, but this should go away within the first couple of minutes.  Side effects may vary in keeping with the strength of the solution, but most of the time clients have some degree of dryness, stinging, redness, or irritation that goes away within a few days.  Sometimes, mild flares may occur after the first treatment, but often resolve quickly with added treatments using your take home products.

How should I care for my skin after chemical peels?
Your skin may be sensitive to other lotions used to treat acne, i.e. benzyl peroxide, topical retinoids, over the counter or prescribed acne washes within the first 48 hours after your peel.  You should use your Post Procedure Solution kit and apply moisturizers often.  Your skin may also be sensitive to the sun for the first few days.  Use a sunscreen with broad spectrum coverage and an SPF 30 during the first week after the peel.

How soon will I see results and how many treatments will I need?
Most people notice their skin has improved somewhat after the first treatment.  As a rule, you will need about 3 treatments (one treatment per month) to achieve good results.  It is vital for you to keep on using the prescribed treatments at home to maintain the response.  Maintenance treatments may be needed in the future.  Occasionally other treatments such as micro-dermabrasion or comedone extractions are added to enhance the effects of the chemical peels.

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What is Chemical Peel, Is it right for my skin?

What is Chemical Peel, Is it right for my skin?

What is Chemical Peel, Is it right for my skin?
I have been practicing skin care for more than 16 years, and own my clinic on 17th Street in Ft. Lauderdale. I take great pride in my work and especially love to hear my client say “I love my skin, I can’t believe how great it looks now!” A good Esthetician is one who is well versed in the latest technology and can make an astounding difference in the way people look. There is conflicting advice on Chemical Peels that people get understandably confused and overwhelmed. I want to write this blog that is short, practical, and to the point, that explains the benefits, safety and the latest technologies on Chemical Peels that many people are unaware of. I believe that an informed person is in a better position to make the right choices.  Few people have naturally perfect skin, but no matter what skin you were born with, it can be made to look better. What everyone should aim for is their own best skin, the kind that has a healthy glow. If you’ve always dreamed of having flawless skin or want to look years younger, this treatment is for you.

What is Chemical Peel?
Chemical skin peels can help reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and blemishes. They’re used to treat acne and other skin conditions. A skin lighten peel can treat hyperpigmentation, or darkening of the skin. They work by removing layers of skin so that lighter, smoother and younger-looking skin can grow. Chemical peels may be superficial, or mild, medium-depth, or deep.  Superficial peels typically use alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) like glycolic acid or salicylic acid to remove the epidermis, or uppermost layer of skin. Medium-depth peels penetrate deeper, through the epidermis and into the dermis, or middle layer of skin. Trichloroacetic acid, or TCA, is commonly used to perform medium depth peels. Some other chemical peel solutions, such as the Jessner solution, can be layered on to achieve a mild, medium-depth or deep peel. Recovery time for mild and medium-depth peels ranges from 24 hours.

Types of Skin Peels
There are three basic types of skin peels: mild or superficial, medium-depth and deep. Mild and medium-depth skin peels meet most people’s cosmetic or health needs. They are easy to administer and have a short recovery time. Deep chemical peels are used to treat the scars, severe skin conditions, and skin that have built up a strong tolerance to lower level peels.

Mild or Superficial Skin Peels
Mild chemical peels are most often used to improve the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, mild acne scarring and mild hyperpigmentation. They remove only a small part of the epidermis, or outer layer of skin. You will need to have a mild chemical peel repeated four to six times over a period of two to three months. The results of a mild peel last about one month, but you can have maintenance peels performed monthly. Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) are the gentlest acids used in chemical peels.

Medium-Depth Skin Peels

Medium-depth peels are used to treat wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, sun damage and precancerous growths. Medium-depth peels usually take between 30 and 60 minutes to administer. New skin should appear within the first 10 days to two weeks after treatment, medium-depth peels typically use trichloroacetic acid, or TCA, as a main ingredient. We first perform a mild peel using AHAs, in order to make TCA more effective as a medium-depth peel agent. The Jessner solution, a popular chemical peel solution, contains a combination of resorcinol, salicylic acid and glycolic acid to clear pores, treat acne, and improve the appearance of wrinkles and sun damage. The Jessner solution can be used for medium-depth peels, or layered to create deep peels.

Deep Skin Peels
Deep skin peels penetrate all the way to the subcutaneous, or third and deepest, layer of skin. They are used to treat melasma, deep wrinkles, scarring, sun damage and precancerous growths of the skin. TCA is the ingredient of choice for most deep peels, but the Jessner solution can be applied in layers to affect a deep peel.

How Exactly is a Chemical Peel Performed?
The skin must first be prepared. This may begin several weeks prior to the actual peel by using the prescribed products that will prepare the skin, and allow for better treatment results and reduce the risk of complications. The peel begins by cleansing the skin thoroughly to remove all oil and debris. The peeling agent is then applied evenly to the skin surface with sterile gauze, the peels are self-neutralizing. The strength and depth of the peel is controlled by the Esthetician based on the number of layers applied during treatment. After peel application, nutritive topical and calming SPF products are applied, and the client leaves with a glowing, healthy complexion.

Does It Hurt?
There is no pain; everyone’s response to a peel is slightly different. Testing prior to peel application helps determine each client’s sensitivity level, using Smoothing Toner to prepare and degrease the skin as well as to patch test for sensitivity. Client will feel a sting or tingle sensation with redness which will go away with the appropriate products customized for each client.

How Chemical Peels Work
Chemical peels work by removing the outermost layers of the skin. Removing the outermost layers of the skin can repair the damage done by age, sun exposure and skin conditions by allowing smooth, healthy new skin to grow. Chemical peels can lighten skin affected by hyperpigmentation or improve the appearance of wrinkles and scars. They’re also used to treat skin conditions like acne or remove pre-cancerous growths from the skin.

Benefits of Chemical Peels
Chemical peels remove dead skin cells from the surface of your skin to allow lighter, brighter, newer skin to grow. Chemical peels have been used since ancient times to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Modern chemical peels don’t just make you look younger; they can also treat skin conditions like acne, melasma, and even precancerous growths. Let’s look at the benefits of skin peels.
• Improve the tone and texture of the skin, will unclog pores and rejuvenate the skin
• Improve fine lines and wrinkles
• Improve hyperpigmented areas
• Correct sun damage
• Improve mild scarring
• Successfully treat some common skin conditions, e.g. sun spots, melasma, acne, rosacea, will quickly lighten pigment discoloration
• Will provide more exfoliation for oiler, thicker and resilient skin type for those with active or cystic acne
• Will treat dehydrated, maturing skin, fine lines and wrinkles

Skin Peels Can Make You Look Younger
Many people get chemical peels for cosmetic reasons. Mild chemical peels remove a portion of the epidermis, or upper layer of the skin. They can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, even out skin tone, and improve skin texture.
Medium-depth skin peels remove more of the surface of the skin, penetrating down to the dermis, or secondary layer of the skin. Medium-depth skin peels can improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles with results that last much longer than those associated with mild peels.  Deep peels are used to treat deep wrinkles, the most severe hyperpigmentation, and the worst scarring. Deep peels can dramatically improve the appearance of your skin, and the results can last for years.

Chemical Peels Can Reverse Sun Damage
Many people get chemical peels to remove sun spots, age spots or other types of hyperpigmentation caused by sun damage. Mild and medium-depth chemical peels can remove sun spots, freckles and sun damage, or help the discoloration fade.
With our diverse professional chemical peel selection, we are able to treat nearly any skin type and skin condition individually based on what is the very best option for you and your needs. Additionally, we have honed our chemical peel protocols to be as predictable as possible, thus allowing you the freedom to schedule the peel around your lifestyle—not the other way around! Chemical Peels are not nearly as scary as they used to be!

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What Is My Status

What Is My Status

What is my Status?
I am Dermalogica Certified and Dermalogica Specialist
At the beginning of this year Dermalogica launched a new expert program to take the Dermalogica Therapist to the next level. The advanced training means the certified therapist are among the highest-trained and recognized Dermalogica Skin Therapist in the world.

There are three tier of education…Dermalogica Certified, Dermalogica Specialist and Dermalogica Expert. I know how important it is to be on top of training methods, new techniques and product knowledge, as it is emerging all the time. It was a special moment for me today as I received my Dermalogica Specialist certificate and pin after completing seven advanced classes.

I give recognition and thanks to the Ft. Lauderdale International Dermal Institute Education Manager Johanne Infante, Instructors Sharon Bell and Sarah Morris. I admire all your professionalism and outstanding job, could not have done it without your help and support….I thank you!

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Dermalogica MediBac Clearing System

Dermalogica MediBac Clearing System

Dermalogica MediBac Clearing
It’s the end of the line for adult acne.

Do you have adult acne? You are not alone!

The American Dermatologist Association finds that:
• 60 million American have active acne
• 20 million American have acne badly enough to cause scars
• Only 11% of acne sufferers seek help

Acne affects people regardless of age, gender or race. While thoroughly treatable, of those who suffer from acne:
• 11% will see a physician
• 20% will go to a skin care center
• 30% will use an over-the-counter medication from a drug store or pharmacy
• 40+% will do nothing

A common misconception is that acne only affects teenagers. But more than ever before, adults are suffering with oily and acneic skin conditions. Unfortunately, adult cases of acne are often more persistent than teenage acne, which can be particularly frustrating for those who were spared outbreaks as teenagers.

While stress creates the trigger for acne, there are other causes include one or a combination of the following:
• Heredity
• Cosmetics
• Environment
• Medications
• Hormones
• Picking

When overactive sebaceous glands produce too much oil, this oil spills onto the skin’s surface, creating a slick, greasy appearance. This excess oil acts as a binder, holding on to dead skin cells that were meant to be shed. The follicle becomes clogged with a mixture of oil and dead skin cells, prohibiting oxygen from entering. This creates the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, which leads to the swelling, redness and inflammation around the follicle, resulting in acne.

To successfully treat, clear and prevent acne, the cascade of events leading to acne development must be controlled: we must regulate the sebaceous glands, promote exfoliation to help shed dead cells from the surface, kill bacteria and soothe inflammation.

Come in to Lorna Baxter Skin Care and Body Work Center for a consultation and find out about Dermalogica’s new MediBac Clearing system, formulated specifically to treat adult acne. The MediBac Clearing system works to treat, clear and prevent adult acne while addressing the needs of adult skin. The MediBac Clearing system controls acne without compromising skin’s integrity, which means skin is clearer and healthier.

Ask our Professional Skin Therapist for your free Face Mapping skin analysis and customized MediBac Clearing prescription.

Call today 754 204-7676!

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