chemical peels

Clogged Pores – What do I do?

Help I have clogged pores, what do I do?

This is a common question that I hear from every client with #acne. What is the best way to deal with blackheads and whiteheads?

First we must control the dead-cell accumulation and clear the follicle out. It is important that we do this together, this treatment requires at home care and an acne control facial.

Extractions are a necessary process in your treatment as well as salicylic, AHAS and enzymes in the form of peels. These help to loosen the dead cells on the skin’s surface which ease the extraction process.  The use of these and other solutions help to liquefy the solid oil accumulations in the pores and break up the masses thus improving the extraction process.

At home care is carefully monitored to make sure you are not excessively over drying your skin. There is a fine balance to finding the right products to use and many times we alternate them with active/resting products. Daily home care is the real key to  acne management and the application of mild AHAS, BHAS. Certain serums that I recommend also calm the skin and reduce the bacteria load.

Many times you will find that the clogged pores start loosening up and the count of whiteheads and blackheads is reduced. However, this is the time to continue treatment for long term success.

Schedule your acne consultation today with Jo Ann to learn more about treatment options. Enjoy the success of beautiful glowing skin, don’t despair, you do have options. #skincare, #skindeepgj.com, #medicalspa

The Function of a Peel

While we learn about AHAS, BHAS and Retinols, it is important to understand the function of a peel. #Peels are #regenerating the skin. They strengthen the bonds in the skin, increase circulation, stimulate fibroblasts-resulting in new cell development. But downtime peels and superficial peels are different. It is important to know the difference and it is extremely important that the person applying your peel is certified and knowledgeable to do so.

It is important to note that one superficial peel will help lightly improve the skin texture . Superficial peels give the best results when done in a series. When dealing with acne, monthly peels are a very important part of the healing process. However, skin requires an active phase and a resting phase, over peeling will have detrimental affects and is not recommended.

There are many steps necessary to complete prior to a peel. Never allow anyone to just peel you on a moments notice. Your skin must be prepared for the ultimate response.

To learn more, please contact Jo Ann at Skindeepgj.com. Schedule your consultation today and find out if you are a good candidate for this amazing regeneration. #peel, #renewedskin, #medicalspa.

What in the world are AHAS BHAS and RETINOLS

This week we are learning about acids that are used on your skin and why in the world would you use them. Yesterday, we learned that glycolic acid is an exfoliant and is used to deliver other ingredients into your skin.

Today, let us look at LACTIC ACID which is derived from milk, fruit, vegetables and some plants. It is a milder form of alpha hydroxy acids and one that is a moisturizing. It is much less irritating to sensitive skin than glycolic because it has a larger molecular structure and penetrates the skin much slower than glycolic. Lactic acid is a natural component of your cells and can stimulate collagen production. Lactic Acid will smooth out the appearance of large pores and lightly improve acne scars. Lactic Acid will also aid your skins barrier function and improve the water barrier properties by increasing ceramides and glycosamino-glycans (natural moisturizers).

You will find LACTIC ACID in many skin care products ranging from light peels, moisturizers, serums and cleansers.

Contact Jo Ann today to learn more about how LACTIC ACID can improve your skin. #skindeepgj.com, #skincare, #skincareproducts, #peels

Effective Anti-Aging Treatments with Chemical Peels- What do You Need To Know?

Chemical peels are an art form and should be performed only by a certified skin care professional trained in the use of peels. Not everyone has this certification and it is important to ask for credentials.  Chemical peels are a very effective way to slow down the aging process and correct uneven pigment.

Post-care and skin recovery are important to understand. Your skin care professional should provide you a list and treatment protocol for taking care of your skin pre/post procedure. Proper healing is essential.

Know what type of peel is being performed on you and why. Ask for before and after pictures and understand what peeling means. Do not have this procedure performed any closer to a special event than 1 month out. 

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Using chemical peels to aid acne clear up

acne5Chemical peels using either alpha hydroxy acid or beta hydroxy acid are both highly effective in treating mild to moderately severe facial acne, researchers at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine have found–the first study to compare the two different types of acid peels as therapies for the skin disorder.

Peels using beta hydroxy acid (or BHA) had slightly fewer side effects and results that lasted a bit longer than did peels using alpha hydroxy acid (or AHA), the study found. But overall, both types of treatments were similarly effective in reducing lesions caused by acne vulgaris, the medical term for common facial acne, which affects some 85% of all people 12 to 24 years old.

Understanding Acne Scarring

It is not surprising that people with acne feel overwhelmed considering the vast choices for home remedies, prescribed medications, and innovative treatments available to prevent and/or reduce scarring. The great news is that with all the opportunities to reduce acne scarring with medications, treatments, and remedies, people with this skin disorder have safe and effective options but it is also easy to understand why choosing the best solution can be difficult.

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