A gentle peel is one of the best things you can do for your skin – the newest formulations offer great results without causing irritation. Every skin type can benefit from a peel. Peels aren’t just about exfoliation – they are about changing your pH to help rev-up collagen production. The fresh layer of skin that’s revealed after peeling is able to absorb vitamins, antioxidants, anti-aging, and soothing ingredients more effectively because the dead surface cells that can inhibit product absorption are removed. So much builds up on the surface of the skin – dead cells, bacteria, cosmetics, sebum – and the peel gently detaches these cells, leaving healthy cells intact, ready to absorb your other skincare products.
Peels containing alpha and beta hydroxy acids are an anti-aging staple because they provide both instant and long-term results. The best alpha and beta hydroxy peels contain more than one acid and are delivered in two steps. The key is to blend acids because has a different benefit and will help improve the complexion better than using a highly concentrated glycolic peel. These acids immediately remove old, dull skin, exfoliate, rejuvenate, brighten. In the long-term, they help to even skin tone and smooth texture, making the complexion appear younger and more radiant.
Peels can be great for clearing acne -- the chemical exfoliation step kills acne-causing bacteria. In my practice, we offer medical facials to address breakouts. The protocol is to steam the skin, extract, peel and moisturize. As the peel exfoliates, it also keeps acne-causing bacteria from re-entering the pore.
I recommend to my patients to incorporate a once-a-day, gentle, two-step chemical peel with a blend of alpha and beta hydroxy acids into their at-home regimen. If you want to use these acids to their best advantage, the key is to blend multiple acids together. It is far better to use a gentle treatment on a regular basis rather than applying a harsh acid in one concentrated treatment.
Cleanse routinely and avoid physical scrubs or using washcloths, which might be too harsh. Always apply a peel to thoroughly cleansed skin to allow the ingredients to penetrate effectively. Avoid washing with excessively hot water which can create redness and don’t rinse after either step.
Peels should be applied first, followed by serums, moisturizers, and makeup. Avoid the use of toners afterwards, which can be drying. There is no downtime following use of my Alpha Beta® Peel Pads – they are gentle enough to use daily, and in conjunction with other skincare treatments.