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'Tis the Season for Chemical Peels!

When the summer is over, and you will not be out in the sun anymore (which you shouldn’t be doing ANYWAYS) it’s time to have a good chemical peel with your aesthetician.  The reason you don’t want to do this in the summer is that depending on the strength of the peel, the top layer of skin will flake off and left your epidermis unprotected from the sun.

Chemical peels come in different strengths.  You might not necessarily peel, or you might peel–a lot.  Make sure you tell your aesthetician your desired level of peeling.  I wish I had pictures of the peels I’ve had.  I’ve had a few where I didn’t flake at all, and then I’ve had a few where the skin was like peeling dried glue off your fingers.  It only lasts a few days, and personally, I can deal with the look of a bad sunburn and flaking skin.  I get to tell people why I look like a shedding snake, and I LOVE the way my skin looks afterwards.  If you think you can deal with a little peeling, I suggest doing it on a Friday, and you’ll be good for Monday!

Alpha hydroxy acid peels

Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) are naturally occurring organic carboxylic acids such as glycolic acid, a natural constituent of sugar cane juice and lactic acid, found in sour milk and tomato juice. This is the mildest of the peel formulas and produces light peels for treatment of fine wrinkles, areas of dryness, uneven pigmentation and acne. Alpha hydroxy acids can also be mixed with a facial wash or cream in lesser concentrations as part of a daily skin-care regimen to improve the skin’s texture.

AHA peels are used to:

  • reduce fine wrinkling
  • treat areas of dryness
  • reduce uneven pigmentation
  • aid in the control of acne
  • smooth rough dry skin
  • improve the texture of sun-damaged skin

AHA peels may:

  • cause stinging
  • cause skin redness
  • cause mild skin irritation
  • cause dryness
  • take multiple treatments for desired results

Beta hydroxy acid peels

It is becoming common for the use of beta hydroxy acid (BHA)/salicylic acid peels to be used instead of the stronger Alpha Hyroxy (AHA) peels due to BHA’s ability to get deeper into the pore than AHA. Studies show that BHA peels control oil, acne as well as remove dead skin cells to a certain extent better than AHA’s due to AHA’s only working on the surface of the skin.

Laura Kimberley

Laura is a Registered Nurse of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts specializing in non-invasive and minimal invasive aesthetic and anti-aging techniques. She is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Laura has worked at Children's Hospital of Boston in Cardiac Intensive Care and Cardiac Critical Care, holding many certifications within the field. In 2009, she left to pursue her passion for aesthetics. Laura is a Certified Advanced Cosmetic Injector by American Aesthetics Institute and a Member of the American Medical Aesthetic Professionals. She is an accomplished writer and speaker on aesthetics and anti-aging technology. Passionate about teaching, Laura spent a year as an instructor of Basic Botox and Filler courses. She works with many different organizations and volunteer groups focused on women’s health and women in business. Laura also does nonprofit work with patients suffering from lipoatrophy. Her objective is to provide multifaceted techniques to help people achieve individual beauty goals.

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    You are so informative; if I had this information years ago I would have done this sooner!

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