Get both. The combined approach gives optimal results, as it allows Dr. Fay to hone in on specific skin concerns for each individual patient.
She’ll perform a thorough evaluation before recommending any treatments, procedures or products, but the methodology behind a dual approach of microdermabrasion (a mechanical method of exfoliation) and a facial peel (a chemical method of exfoliation) is simple.
Dead skin cells rob value from topical products
This combination of methods will remove all dead skin cells before application of nourishing topicals (creams, serums, etc.), which contain the specialized active ingredients that you want to go deep into your skin to hydrate and improve it.
Dead skin cells absorb up to 90% of any topically applied product, so it’s far more beneficial (and better value) to remove as much of the dead skin as possible to ensure optimal product absorption.
A combination of microdermabrasion and a facial peel must be tailored to your skin type – it’s not recommended for sensitive skin, for example – and the right peel for your skin concerns will be selected.
Types of Chemical Peels
Glycolic Acid Peels and Lactic Acid peels are the most commonly used. These are the mildest of all peels and are referred to as AHA’s (Alpha-Hydroxy Acids).
AHA’s are naturally occurring acids derived from sugar cane (glycolic) and sour milk (lactic acid). As an AHA works on a relatively superficial level, AHA’s are commonly used for mild to moderate exfoliation, balancing and evening out the complexion as well as to promote skin health and overall glow.
BHA’s (beta-hydroxy acids) are also used commonly, but for more severe skin conditions. Although they are weaker than AHA’s, these peels are oil soluble, which means they will penetrate deeper into the skin through the pores.
Salicylic Acid is a commonly used BHA and works best on treating acne prone skin and any type of congestion with oilier skin types, as they are known to control oil production and acne.
TCA peels, or Trichloroacetic Peels are deeper peels, ranging in concentrations from 20-50%. Percentages over 30% are most commonly used by medical professionals and dermatologists, as they target the deeper dermal layer of your skin. TCA peels are commonly used for anti-aging, for smoothing out wrinkles, blemishes and correcting skin pigmentation.
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