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Dec 29 2009

Does Microdermabrasion Really Work?

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Microdermabrasion is a skin care treatment which was developed as a means to treat certain skin conditions such as large pores, acne and other blemishes, and fine lines due to aging. Many people prefer to try personal microdermabrasion before having costly cosmetic treatments because it is affordable and non-invasive in comparison. And an added benefit is that microdermabrasion systems can be used long term, so that you are continuously improving your skin. Microdermabrasion treatments do really work to loosen dead surface skin cells and exfoliate so that newer, revitalized skin can come to the surface.

As a part of the normal aging process, our skin begins to lose that healthy, youthful glow. Our skin cell turnover slows down, which results in dead skin cell being accumulated on the skin’s surface. This is the reason for a dull appearance of the skin as we age which can make fine lines and wrinkles look even worse. Whether you choose home microdermabrasion or professional microdermabrasion treatments, what you get is a major exfoliation which removes the surface layer of dead skin cells to bring youthful glowing skin back to the surface. A microdermabrasion system has a special tool to gently exfoliate while being completely painless.

The question for most people though is does it really work. The reality is that the majority of people who use microdermabrasion creams instantly notice a softer and smoother feel and appearance to the skin. It’s not always dramatically significant results after just one of the microdermabrasion treatments, but there is an improvement. If more dramatic results are desired, you will need to continue to perform your personal microdermabrasion treatments on a regular basis.

The best microdermabrasion products contain high quality ingredients and give you a spa experience right in your own home. Skin Rx offers several microdermabrasion kits which contain everything you need to perform home microdermabrasion treatments. Microdermabrasion Peel Kit #1 contains the peel, brush, and a soothing serum for a complete treatment. Skin Rx’s microdermabrasion peel kits contain unique ingredients to offer a “double peel” through a combination of microdermabrasion crystals and glycolic acid.

Dec 29 2009

Using Glycolic Acid While Pregnant

A question that many women ask during pregnancy is whether or not glycolic acid is safe to use while pregnant. The simple answer is “yes”. If you want to use glycolic acid, pregnancy is a perfectly safe time to use it. Glycolic peels for pregnant women are a great choice for those suffering acne during pregnancy.

Safe acne treatments during pregnancy are often researched due to the fact that anything which enters the mother’s body or skin could possibly affect the unborn baby as well. The great thing about glycolic acid products is that they contain naturally derived ingredients. Glycolic acid is an AHA, or Alpha-Hydroxy-Acid which are acids that occur naturally in fruits. It is also occurs naturally in the body when you ingest or eat certain fruits.

Glycolic acid products at concentrations 10% or less are not able to penetrate the skin deep enough to reach the blood stream, so it is 100% safe for acne during pregnancy.  Even for higher concentrations of glycolic acid which can penetrate through the skin and possibly into the blood stream, it is said to be of no harm due to the fact that it’s an acid which is naturally occurring in the body anyway.

Experienced estheticians and dermatologists continue to use professional strength glycolic acid products to improve the skin from acne related conditions and skin discolorations from pregnancy. Skin Rx Clinic offers several high quality glycolic acid products that are safe to use for acne during pregnancy. Try Glycolic Facial Polish which contains 10% glycolic acid, anti-oxidants, and vitamins to exfoliate and smooth the skin. To improve the overall texture and condition of the skin from acne and other blemishes, fine lines, large pores, and sun damage, try 15% Glycolic Smoothing Gel.

Dec 28 2009

How Does Glycolic Acid Help Treat Acne?

If you suffer from acne, you know that it’s a problematic, ongoing, and even embarrassing condition of the skin. Often, acne is treated with glycolic acid products which have been proven to be quite effective. Glycolic acid is a fruit derived, natural Alpha Hydroxy Acid. Glycolic acne treatments work because the glycolic acid is able to penetrate the layers of the skin to peel away the top layers which results in new skin cell formation. Today, many over-the-counter glycolic acne treatments are available in the form of home glycolic peels and other glycolic acid products.

Glycolic acid for acne is a great choice for those who have tried everything else with no results. The best glycolic acid penetrates skin cells and stimulates the regeneration of healthy collagen and elastin to promote healing from the acne. Glycolic acid also works by exfoliating the skin of sebum and debris. Glycolic acne treatments can unclog the pores to prevent reoccurring acne breakouts.

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Glycolic Acne Treatments

Glycolic acid for acne is a great, natural way to treat the skin. Glycolic acid breaks apart the “glue” which bonds dead skin cells to the face and allows newer, revitalized skin to be revealed. The result is softer, acne-free skin which can be achieved with professional strength glycolic acid when used as directed. Using glycolic peels is a more effective and intense form of glycolic acne treatments. These chemical peel treatments work to renew the skin with just a few treatments and provide more dramatic and significant results compared to other glycolic acid products such as glycolic cleansers and creams. When glycolic peels are performed in regular increments, the damaged skin is renewed more effectively than when used sporadically.

If you have sensitive to normal skin, a 30% concentration of glycolic acid is our esthetician’s best recommendation which can be used until your skin is accustomed to the treatments. Later, you should be able use a higher concentration to provide even better results. Skin Rx recommends Glycolic Peel Kit #1 which includes 30% Glycolic Acid and everything you need to perform a professional strength glycolic acid peel at home.

Dec 28 2009

How Do Glycolic Acid Moisturizers Work?

Facial moisturizers are good for a couple of different things when it comes to skin care. Moisturizers help to regulate the hydration of the skin by controlling the amount of moisture that can penetrate to the dermis and they can move water into the skin cells from the epidermis. What this means to someone using a facial moisturizer is the moisturizer can either hydrate or dehydrate the skin to a natural level so as not to be too oily or too dry. The added benefit of a glycolic acid moisturizer is that it also acts as an effective skin exfoliator which can loosen dead cells found on the outer layer of the skin to speed up the cell regeneration process. If used regularly, glycolic acid moisturizers work on a daily basis to renew and revitalize skin cells.

For personal skin care use, glycolic acid products have been proven effective and are widely available and affordable for the average person. Since using moisturizing products for the skin is considered to be part of a great skin care routine by skin care experts worldwide, it makes sense that combining these two elements can yield great results. The application of facial moisturizer works to form a barrier that protects your skin from the elements to help slow down the aging process which can keep your skin looking younger for longer. The protective barrier also helps to maintain healthy ph levels for your skin.

When glycolic acid is combined with a moisturizer, it can easily penetrate the outer layer of skin cells to loosen and remove dead skin cells that cling to the surface. When the dead cells are “burned off” with the chemical compound, the moisturizing ingredients can get to the exfoliated layers of skin to rehydrate it. Glycolic acid is known for its ability to draw moisturizers into the skin.

If you are looking for a more complete skin care regimen to regulate your skin’s hydration levels, slow down the aging process to prevent fine lines and wrinkles, and to maximize the benefits of moisturizing, a glycolic acid moisturizer may be the right choice for you. Skin Rx recommends Glycolic Facial Lotion which lightly hydrates the skin with green tea, licorice, and Hyaluronic Acid while also fighting fine lines and blemishes.

Dec 16 2009

Glycolic Acid as an Anti-Aging Treatment

Out of all the Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA) used in skin care, glycolic acid products provide the most effective results in skin rejuvenation. AHA’s are excellent skin exfoliators, which work to remove dead skin cells gathered on the skin’s surface to uncover softer, smoother, and younger-looking skin. Additionally, glycolic facial peels are an effective anti-aging treatment which can also increase collagen production, improve elasticity, improve skin tone & texture, and decrease enlarged pores.

The amazing thing is that AHA’s are naturally derived from sugar cane, milk, or fruit. As far as anti-aging, continuous positive results since these types of products were introduced onto the market showing improvement in fine lines and wrinkles has proven that glycolic acid can stand the test of time. Even age spots or sun spots that can make a person look severely aged can be significantly improved with the use of glycolic acid products. Glycolic peels work to exfoliate and peel the top layer of skin, which gives it a smoother texture by encouraging the growth of healthy skin cells. When used in combination with a percentage of hydroquinone, age spots and other discolorations can be completely erased. As the glycolic acid removes the dead surface skin cells, the hydroquinone can better penetrate the skin so newer skin cells are not pigmented.

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The bottom line is that glycolic acid products do make a difference. In a relatively short period of time, a noticeable improvement can be seen in skin texture and with continued use it can even prevent wrinkles from appearing prematurely. When used on a recommended schedule, glycolic acid is a proven way to diminish fine lines and wrinkles and produces significant improvement on sun damaged skin.

The best glycolic acid can now be used at home, even professional strength glycolic which was previously only available through a medical spa or dermatologist. Skin Rx offers glycolic acid products in strengths up to 40% for the home user. For the first time glycolic treatment users, Skin Rx Clinic recommends Glycolic Peel Kit #1 which has 30% glycolic acid. For experienced glycolic acid users, try the Glycolic Peel Kit # 3, a 40% glycolic treatment. In between each glycolic treatment, Skin Rx offers glycolic acid products including Glycolic Facial Lotion, Glycolic Facial Polish, and Glycolic Face Crème. Each of these professional strength glycolic acid products has anti-aging benefits and contains high quality ingredients for best results.

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