Exfoliation reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Unless you have extremely oily skin, daily exfoliation is not necessary. Once or twice per week is sufficient.
Most experts agree that you should exfoliate at night, so that your skin has time to rejuvenate while you sleep. Proper exfoliation can also help clear acne and other skin blemishes. After cleansing your face, it should feel clean and fresh.
There are several reasons to exfoliate the skin.
- An abnormal build up of dead skin cells on the surface of the skin (stratum corneum) affect skin permeability and may hinder the absorption of moisturizers or topical medications.
- Loosening both dead cells build up on the skin’s surface and the impacted dead cells inside the follicle from becoming clogged.
- Exfoliating dead skin cells helps the skin look healthier, smoother and improves overall glow.
Frequency of Peels
Many clients experience their best results when they undergo a peel every four to six weeks. While the effects of a glycolic acid peel can be supplemented by products that are available for home use, a regularly scheduled infusion of a more highly concentrated dose of glycolic acid, such as that provided by an acid peel, can better sustain and maintain the healthy skin appearance.
Many individuals find the most effective program is a series of 6 peels performed weekly, followed by monthly maintenance peel gives optimal results. Also, your therapist should use enzyme treatments to boost the effectiveness of the peel. Glycolic acid peels complement the regular use of other products such as glycolic acid containing preparations that can be used on a regular basis at home.
For tougher problems such as dark brown blotches or melasma, it may take up to 12 treatments to get the best results.
At-home Peel After a Professional Peel
If you’ve recently had a peel done at the dermatologist’s office, it is important that you are familiar with your skin’s individual sensitivity level before applying an at-home peel. This is something you will need to consult with your doctor about.
Generally you will want to stop using our products a week or two before the dermatologist’s peel is applied and will need to wait between a week and up to a month, depending on your doctor’s advice, to begin treatment with our chemical peels.
After resuming treatment, you should also keep in mind the strength of the peels being used. You want to be careful not to remove skin faster than new skin can grow, therefore more time should be given for your skin to heal before you begin again with our stronger peels.
With the AHAs (Glycolic and Lactic) not more than 1 time a week is recommended, and not for more than 6 weeks at a time.
With the Salicylic acid, there is greater variation for each person. Some people can use the Salicylic every day, while others find that more than once a week can be irritating to the skin.
The salicylic peel can be used more often than the AHA peels because of the nature of the molecule. Generally, people with oilier skin can tolerate the Salicylic acid longer and more often. If you have dry or sensitive skin, then shorter durations and less often is advisable.
You can gradually increase the contact time to get a deeper peel, but be careful not to remove skin faster than new skin is generated. This would lead to severe irritation, like a sunburn or burn. If you notice redness that persists more than 10 minutes after a peel, then you’ll want give your skin more time between each peel. First wait a week to allow your skin more time regenerate, and then slow down and allow more time between each application. Its not a simple answer, but hopefully this makes sense.
Your facial chemical peel will remove the defects in the external layers of your skin, you need to wear sun-block always whenever exposed to sun, minimize sun exposure and use moisturizing cream to maintain your results. It is also recommended to have one session of peel once every 6 months.
Typically you should wait at least 1-2 weeks before performing a second treatment for light peels, and 3-6 weeks for medium peels. You want to be sure that the skin from the first treatment is fully healed before a second application is applied.
Many individuals find the most effective program is a series of 6 peels performed weekly, followed by monthly maintenance peel gives optimal results. Sticking to such a regimen will ensure the lasting results, even though you will see an improvement after just one treatment.
Glycolic acid peels complement the regular use of other products such as salicylic acid containing preparations that can be used on a regular basis at home. For tougher problems such as dark brown blotches or melasma, it may take up to 12 treatments to get the best results. Full instructions are included with all of our products.
Down Time After Peel
Superficial peels require no recovery time (hence the name “lunchtime peel”). Recovery from a deep peel requires occlusive bandages and can take weeks to months under normal circumstances.
Reactions to chemical peels are similar to sunburn. The recovery time is dependent on the depth of the peel. After any peel, it is very important that the skin be protected from the sun.
The dead cell layer sloughs off, your skin may appear slightly drier than normal and you will most likely see some mild flaking. Once the transition is made, your complexion will appear more youthful and vibrant.