The Salicylic Acid Peel
Salicylic Acid chemical peels work to reduce bacteria, inflammation and excessive sebum from deep within the pore that can otherwise proliferate and create a rough, blotchy appearance. The multifaceted Salicylic chemical peel gently addresses many of the systemic root causes of acne blemishes. Aside from Salicylic Acid’s appetite for acne, its function as an anti-fungal agent can also provide substantial relief to those suffering from chronic yeast overgrowth (Candida). Salicylic Acid peels also provide marked improvements in skin tone, texture and clarity.
Salicylic Peel – Results
With use of this peeling solution, your skin may become red and take on a frosting appearance during application. In some cases, the skin will have a temporary anesthesia or numbing effect. Breakouts may also occur after peeling. This reaction is normal and the breakout is due to the pores cleansing and bringing debris to the surface. Your skin should begin to balance out within a few weeks, leading to clearer and less oily skin.
Salicylic Acid Defined
Salicylic Acid, also known as Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA), is derived from the bark of the willow tree. Salicylic Acid’s unique ability to penetrate pores, due to its oil-soluble properties, makes it a particularly excellent treatment for acne vulgaris. In addition to exfoliating the epidermis, BHA removes comedone debris from deep within the pore lining thus improving its function, appearance and pore-formance. In fact, the FDA has approved Beta Hydroxy Acid as an OTC drug for acne conditions. Salicylic Acid also acts as a mild anti-inflammatory and skin conditioning agent therefore improving its texture and clarity.
The Glycolic Acid Peel: More Than Skin Deep
Glycolic Acid’s exceptional propensity for skin penetration counteracts a number of typical skin ailments such as fine lines and wrinkles, irregular skin pigmentation and clogged pores (which can lead to acne eruptions).
Glycolic Acid reverses the damage of photoaging by stimulating collagen and elastin production consequently increasing skin resilience and strength. The accelerated tissue proliferation restructures the dermis and improves overall skin health and agility.
Glycolic Peels are a mainstream choice throughout the medical spa community due to Glycolic Acid’s ability to safely, yet effectively break down dead, mature layers of pore-clogging proteins and lipids. Glycolic’s primary appeal over its counterparts is due to its progressive range of cumulative controllable results.
From minimal to noticeably dramatic, the outcome of a Glycolic Peel varies according to such factors as solution strength, skin type/condition and post-peel maintenance. Nevertheless, even after the first Glycolic Peel, the skin’s turnover rate has been accelerated thus rendering a supple glow.
The AHA Kojic Peel : A Gentle Approach to Powerful Results
The AHA Kojic Peel inhibits melanin production (tyrosinase activity) while simultaneously reducing existing pigmentation disorders such as melasma and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. The far-reaching lightening effects of Kojic Acid have been compared to the powerful chemical agent hydroquinone (a controversial treatment option for pigmentation disorders). However, unlike hydroquinone, the AHA Kojic Peel’s delicate approach to skin clarity poses little to no risk. Due to its mild peeling properties, the AHA Kojic Peel is highly recommended for individuals with sensitive skin.
A sophisticated formula featuring the best of nature’s brightening tools without the harsh side effects. This powerful, yet mild chemical peel lightens, brightens and tightens all in one simple step. In addition to its revitalizing powers, Kojic Acid also has anti-microbial properties. Due to its powerful blend of natural skin lighteners, the AHA Kojic Peel can treat even severe hyperpigmentation with repeated use.
Medpeel Control: AHA Kojic
Classification: Lactic Acid (AHA-Alpha Hydroxy Acid), Glycolic Acid (AHA-Alpha Hydroxy Acid, Kojic Acid.
Description: Highly water-soluble (due to Lactic Acid and Glycolic Acid)
Skin Type: AHA Kojic Acid Peel is generally safe for most skin types particularly normal to dry, hyperpigmented, sensitive/reactive, sun damaged, dull, and uneven skin. Sensitive skin should progress product potency over time. However, the AHA Kojic Peel is suitable for those who are new to chemical peels.
Standard Benefits: Improved skin tone, texture and clarity. Reduction of acne, clogged pores, shallow wrinkles, fine lines, melasma and hyperpigmentation. Increase in collagen and elastin production.
Side Effects: A slight stinging sensation has been noted upon initial contact as well as heightened skin sensitivity, flaking and minor redness. Vigilant broad-spectrum sunscreen use is crucial for post-peel success.
Level: Ranging from VERY SUPERFICIAL to MEDIUM skin penetration
Potency/Strength: Ranging from LIGHT (30%) MEDIUM (50%) and DEEP (70%)
The PH Factor: PH determines the acidity or alkalinity of a chemical solution. As the PH lowers, AHA Kojic Acid’s intensity/strength increases.
Caution: When proper direction is administered, risks are minimal. However, always protect the new skin’s delicate barrier with MedPeel’s Hyaluronic Moisturizer Serum and Age-Defy SPF 30 + Moisturizer.
Downtime: Mild/Moderate -Varies accordingly to individual skin traits. Superficial to medium depth peels approximately require a 7 to 10 day recuperation period.
Maintenance: Maintain long-term results of AHA Kojic Peel with regular use of MedPeel’s Natural Skin Lighten Serum, as well as habitual use of SPF 30 or higher.
Available Strengths: 30%, 50%, 70% (Results will vary upon selected MedPeel solution)
AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) Kojic peels are availabe in 30%, 50% & 70% strength peels with pH levels ranging from 0.9 to 1.2. A custom designed peel specifically to treat hyperpigmentation. Its a multitude of lightening agents including Kojic, Bearberry and Licorice extracts.
Suitable for all those who are new to peels and exfoliating agents. For optimal results use as often as every 7-10 days, for severe hyperpigmentation a total of 8 treatments is recommended. To maintain results take home products should be used daily.
Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA)
Trichloroacetic Acid, often referred to as TCA, is an effective chemical agent used to exfoliate and renew the skin on a superficial to medium level. TCA is most frequently applied to the face, neck, décolleté, and hands. In addition, TCA is also an excellent “spot treatment” and can be used to exclusively peel isolated areas of the skin.
Available Strengths: 10 – 30% (Results will vary upon selected MedPeel solution).
A Multi-Tasking Peel For Potent Results
The range of depth achieved from a TCA Peel varies according to concentration potency, application methods and of course skin type. Upon application, the solution goes deep into the skin’s dermis actively seeking protein to neutralize itself. The time and pressure employed will also have a substantial effect on the TCA Peel’s permitted depth of skin penetration. For minor epidermal improvement, TCA 10% Light Peel will be effective. However, if skin concerns exist within the papillary dermis, a stronger solution will be required.
Unlike progressive, medium grade peels, such as Glycolic or Salicylic, TCA Peels exfoliate the skin more rapidly upon initial contact. The long-lasting results make it an ideal peel for those who prefer less peeling sessions at the cost of moderate downtime. TCA’s dexterity for treating a wide range of skin conditions from wrinkles to even melanoma makes it the perfect chemical peel for individuals with multiple concerns. Due to Trichloroacetic Acid’s antibacterial properties, the TCA Peel is a particularly excellent choice for individuals suffering from chronic acne vulgaris. Fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, stretch marks, acne as well as an uneven skin tone can all serve to benefit from a TCA Peel.
Not All Peels are Created Equal!
The Jessner’s Peel
Jessner’s can be used to lighten areas of hyperpigmentation, treat acne and acne scars and to treat photo damaged and aged sun damaged skin. Jessner’s peel achieves a more thorough peel than AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) peels and is appropriate for patients requiring a deeper peel.
Jessner’s Solution, also known as Combe’s Peel, is a medium strength chemical peel combining the diverse efforts of Salicylic (BHA), Lactic Acid (AHA) and Resorcinol. New York Dermatologist, Dr. Max Jessner, originally formulated the solution to reduce the potency and toxicity of each individual ingredient, while enhancing the peel’s overall efficiency.
Available Strength: 14%
A Harmonizing Recipe for Clear Skin
The strength of Jessner’s Peel, much like the TCA Peel, is primarily controlled by the application methods of experienced Professional’s. Jessner’s potency increases with each individual pass (or coat) applied to the skin. The solution is painted onto the face in a progressive technique moving from the forehead onto the cheeks, down the center of the face and across the chin, upper lip and nose. Frosting will develop thus indicating the peel’s triumph over dead, dull skin!
Light/Medium Peel: 1-3 Application Passes.
Deep Peel: 4-6 Application Passes.
Jessner’s comprehensive blend of chemical agents makes it an ideal solution for individuals with an extensive range of skin conditions. The peel’s three active ingredients perform an intricate balancing act thus encouraging skin rejuvenation on multiple levels. Lactic Acid accelerates the skin’s turnover rate therefore softening the epidermis and stimulating collagen growth.
Oil-soluble Salicylic Acid exfoliates deep within the pore lining to dissolve dirt, sebum and debris that can cause blackheads, whiteheads and enlarged pores. Resorcinol breaks down dead, uneven and rough skin while actively sterilizing bacteria upon contact due to its anti-septic properties. The result is a clear and even toned complexion!
Jessner’s Solution can be used in conjunction with additional peels, such as TCA and Glycolic, to enhance the peel’s full effectiveness.