Progressive skin exfoliating is the application of one or more topical gentle fruit, sugar and milk acids or enzymes to the skin resulting in the removal of the outer most layers of the skin called the stratum corneum or epidermis. As a result, regeneration of new and healthier appearing skin appears in days to weeks. Progressive Skin Exfoliants are classified as light, intermediate, and moderate depending upon the degree of penetration and amount of dead skin removed. These exfoliants provide results with no ‘down-time’. A series of multiple sessions is usually performed to achieve the desired effect.
BENEFITS OF DEEP SKIN EXFOLIATING
• Lifts away dead skin cells (exfoliation)
• Stimulates skin at the basal layer, which
increases cell renewal
• Smoothes the outer texture of the skin
• Evens skin tone, lightens and brightens skin, helps fade hyperpigmentation
• Firms and tones skin
• Diminishes fine lines
• Minimizes enlarged pores
• Reduces sebaceous (oil) activity
• Improves acne conditions
• Surfaces impurities
• Promotes overall healthier skin and hydration
TYPES OF LIGHT AND INTERMEDIATE EXFOLIANTS
These exfoliants are usually done in a series of treatments every 1-2 weeks for an average of 6-8 treatments and have no down time. After an initial series of treatments, maintenance sessions are done periodically to maintain results.
• Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA)
• Glycolic: Derived from sugar cane
• Lactic: Derived from milk
• Beta Hydroxy Acids (BHA)
• Salicylic (low concentrations)
• Trichloracetic Acid (TCA)
• Chlorinated acetic acid (non toxic)
• Apple Wine
• Red Wine Vinegar/Acetic Acid Concentrate
Your aesthetician will determine what type of exfoliant or combination of exfoliants is best to treat your skin type and condition(s).
• Prior to your first treatment, a free consultation will be performed so that your aesthetician can determine the best type of exfoliant and treatment protocol to address your particular skin concerns, skin type and condition.
• You will be asked to complete the Guest Derma Analysis Questionnaire to assist your aesthetician in evaluating your skin history and concerns and to assess for any contraindications to the skin exfoliate session.
• A patch test to assess for allergic response to the exfoliant solution may also be done at this time.
• An important part of the success and results of these skin peeling treatments is dependent upon following a home care regimen designed for your individual skin conditions. You may be asked to begin a pre-treatment regimen for 2-4 weeks prior to your first skin session depending on your specific skin needs and current home care regimen.
POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
• Depending upon the type of skin exfoliant used, a reaction similar to a sunburn may occur during and/or after the treatment. Progressive skin exfoliants may result in redness that lasts 12-48 hours, followed by scaling or peeling that resolves in a few days.
• It is important not to scratch, pick, or rub the skin to avoid risk of scarring or infection.
• Complications are very rare with light and intermediate progressive skin exfoliants but can include: scabbing, scarring, hyperpigmentation, reactivation of oral herpes (cold sores), or infection.
• If you are prone to oral herpes (cold sores) you will need a prescription antiviral medication from your doctor. You will need to begin taking this medication two (2) days prior to your session to avoid an outbreak and continue for five (5) days after the session.
• It is important to read and follow the pre and post treatment instructions carefully to ensure the success of your treatment.
• You must avoid sun both before and after a session. Tanning (including tanning beds) is counterproductive to peeling and a contraindication to treatment. If you tan, less intensive treatments will be recommended.
CONTRAINDICATIONS (List is not all inclusive)
Progressive skin exfoliants cannot be performed if . . .
• If you have completed a course of Accutane within one year.
• If you are pregnant or lactating.
• If you have had laser resurfacing* within
one (1) year.
• If you have had a phenol or other deep peel within two (2) years.
• If you are a diabetic and have poor healing.
• If you have a tendency to scar or form keloid scars.
• If you have an autoimmune disease.
If you are not a candidate for a progressive skin exfoliant, your aesthetician will gladly discuss other treatments to address your skin concerns and improve the appearance of your complexion.
You will be asked to read and sign a consent form prior to your treatment.