“Studies Show Up To 50% Reduction In Acne After A Series Of Chemical Peels!”
A Chemical Peel, also know as chemexfoliation, is an acne treatment in which an acidic chemical solution is applied to the skin. The acid promotes the exfoliation of damaged outer layers of the skin and in turn stimulate new, healthy skin cell production. Chemical Peels are used to treat active acne and post-acne scars.
How Do Chemical Peels Work?
As you can see in the illustration, one of the major causes of acne is a mass of dead skin cells and sebum plugging the hair follicle. When acne bacteria are trapped beneath the plug, they multiply rapidly causing an infection which develops into a pimple. Excess sebum causes the dead skin cells to become “sticky” and the dead skin cells do not “shed” or exfoliate as they normally do, instead plugging the hair follicle.
Chemical Peels work by dissolving the plug and preventing dead skin cells from becoming “sticky”.
Chemical Peels Are Acids From Natural Sources!
There are two main types of acids used in Chemical Peels: Beta Hydroxy Acids and Alpha Hydroxy Acids.
Putting Beta Hydroxy Acid on your face may sound scary, but it isn’t. The Beta Hydroxy Acid most commonly used in Chemical Peels is Salicylic Acid. Salicylic Acid is derived from the bark of the Willow Tree. It is more commonly known as aspirin! Yes, that’s right! When you have a headache, you take aspirin or salicylic acid.
It turns out that Salicylic Acid is very effective in the treatment of acne! Why?
Because Salicylic Acid is soluble in sebum. Salicylic Acid penetrates into the hair follicle and dissolves in the sebum. It then works by causing the cells of the epidermis to slough off more readily, preventing pores from clogging up, and allowing room for new cell growth.
Alpha Hydroxy Acids – Glycolic, Lactic, Citric, Mandelic – All Natural!
Alpha Hydroxy Acids are also used in Chemical Peels as a treatment for acne. Alpha Hydroxy Acids are generally derived from natural sources. Glycolic Acid from Sugar Cane, Lactic Acid from Sour Milk, Citric Acid from Citrus Fruits, Mandelic Acid from Bitter Almonds.
Alpha Hydroxy Acids are soluble in water, not in an oil like sebum. They work by affecting keratinization which is the loss of moisture in the skin cells. Alpha Hydroxy Acids promote the shedding of dead skin cells.
Will A Chemical Peel Actually Make My Skin Peel?!
No Worries! Chemical Peels are available in various concentrations and combinations. Generally, you will experience only mild to moderate peeling of the skin following a Chemical Peel treatment. And, you are more likely to peel following your first Chemical Peel than subsequent treatments as your skin becomes acclimated to the application of the Chemical Peel solution.
Some people may experience drying of the skin when using Salicylic Acid. Which is why we recommend a combination treatment of a Chemical Peel and Intraceuticals Oxygen Infusion Acne Facial immediately after.
Intraceuticals Oxygen Infusion Acne Facials!
We just love Intraceuticals Oxygen Infusion Acne Facials as a combination treatment following a Chemical Peel!
The main ingredients in this treatment are Hyaluronic Acid and Salicylic Acid. Hyaluronic Acid is your skin’s natural hydrator … it absorbs 3,000 to 5,000 times its weight in water! So, it helps prevent any drying or peeling you may experience following a Chemical Peel.
Plus, Green Tea Extract (see our post on Green Tea), Allantoin and Aloe Vera, it’s the perfect formulation to promote the proper shedding of dead skin cells, destroy P. Acne bacteria with Therapeutic Oxygen, reduces the redness from acne lesions and rehydrates the skin.
Chemical Peel Acne Infusion Facials! We think you’ll love the results!