Glycolic Acid, Microdermabrasion  
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Nov 24 2010

QUESTION: What is the PH level of your Jessner Peel?

It is a standard Jessner solution, 14% each of salicylic, lactic, and resourcinol in SD alcohol. 1.9pH

3 to 5 layers should blanch and frost the face.

Nov 23 2010

QUESTION: I have been using a 40% lactic acid peel every other week for several months. I bought this through the MUAC website. I’ve now discovered your sight and you seem to be more professional and helpful than MUAC. I have sun damaged skin where there are areas of discoloration. Enlarged pores on my cheeks and many fine lines around my eyes. I have one tiny spot on my temple that is pretty dark from the sun and a few discolored/pinky dark acne scars. Not pitted or anything, just discolored. Do you recommend the Jessner’s or a Glycolic peel first? I have no idea how to amp up my skin! Thank you so much!

Basically Glycolic Acid is a stronger version of Lactic Acid. They are both AHA’s(alpha hydroxy acid) The Lactic Acid is the most mild of all the acids and is usually used by clients with more sensitive skin types. I would opt for the 40% Buffered Glycolic Acid 2oz—to start with. This will assist in resurfacing the skin to diminish scaring and discoloration, as well as minimize fine line s and wrinkles. This will no doubt kick your régime up a notch so you can actually start seeing some real results. Once you have finished your series of Glycolic acid Peels you can then move into the Jessner Peel. The Jessner is the most severe peel we offer and it is essential to build the skin up to it by a series of Glycolic Acid Peels first!

Nov 22 2010

QUESTION: What is the best moisturizer to follow a peel with? Is there a product made specifically for post peeling care? I use the Willowherb Soothing Serum, is that enough moisture?

The Skin Recovery Creme is a very lightweight crème designed to be used after your chemical peel treatments and only for about 3 days after! It doesn’t have any anti-aging properties; it is more of a post peel “healing” crème so this will take the place of your moisturizer AM & PM for the 3 days following a peel treatment. You will use it over your Willowherb Soothing Serum, you are correct—the Willowherb Soothing Serum on its own will not provide enough hydration.

Nov 22 2010

QUESTION: I just started using the 15% Glycolic smoothing Gel and I really like it. My only concern is it stings a bit when I put anything on afterward. I am curently using the O2 Rejuvenating Creme and O2 Night Renewal Creme as well as the Willowherb Soothing Serum. Any insight as to why and what I can do in the future?

The moisturizer stung due to the active ingredients, the O2 Rejuvenating Crème contains Glycoprotein these are protein chains that attached to polypeptide side chains. Basically Glycoprotein is Cell-to-cell communicating ingredients. They also are involved in cellular repair, and assist the body with recovering from internal and external stresses. The O2 Renewal Crème’s active ingredients are Coenzyme Q-10 which would not cause a reaction. CoQ10 is an antioxidant. It helps neutralize harmful free radicals, which are one of the causes of aging. Under perfect conditions the body can produce as much CoQ10 as it needs. However, factors such as aging, stress and some medications can lower the levels of CoQ10 in the body and as a result, the ability of cells to withstand stress and regenerate declines. The O2 Renewal also contains Alpha Lipoic Acid which is also a strong antioxidant. This would be the active ingredient that could have caused some stinging. Alpha lipoic acid helps with the elimination of damaged collagen resulting in erasing of wrinkles and facial scars. Think of it as a packman to the skin eating away the outside damaged cells and forcing healthy cells to turnover and produce more healthy cells. I would save the Pre-Peel Pre & Post peel Neutralizer for when you are ready to start your 30% Glycolic Peel regimen. Think of the 15% smoothing Gel as a starting off point…easing your way into the process! It is more beneficial to peel more often less severely than it is to peel severely less often. The most important thing to remember when using Glycolic Acid is to give the skin time in between treatments for the cells to regenerate. Small doses of Glycolic acid used more frequently will give you a better result than trying to peel deeply once. Remember the skin damage didn’t happen overnight and won’t repair itself over night either! Patience is the hardest part but once you start seeing the results, and even better—when other people start to see the results the process will be well worth it! Once you are ready to remove the 15% Smoothing Gel you just rinse your face with cool water and pat dry. Then apply your Willowherb Soothing Serum followed by the Skin Recovery Crème. It is also best to use the 15% Smoothing gel at night before bed.

Nov 22 2010

QUESTION: What is the best way to apply the 15% Smoothing Gel and what is “normal” to happen with it. My skin indeed feels smooth – a few little red spots. I noticed after I had thought I washed it off and put the willow my face was actually reddish – not terrible – but it tingled and was sensitive and stung a bit – I felt like it was still working – I put the neutralizer on it thinking that might help. My face does not look bad this morning – it looks quite nice actually. I am thinking I need to get the Serum at that goes with it and I need to know about putting it on and leaving it.

The 15%Smoothing gel should be applied every other day for the 1st week and left on for 3 to 5 minutes then rinsed off with cool water. Once you become accustomed to the product you can build up to 10 minutes if you feel your skin can handle it. You can then apply a serum or moisturizer. The Skin Recovery Crème is designed to be used after peeling so it might be a good idea to purchase that for your post peel hydration If you are sensitive to the your moisturizer. Remember this is all new to your skin it is reacting just as it should!

Nov 22 2010

QUESTIONS: I have been using the Microdermbrasion Peel and really like it so far – I have not had any “bad” reaction and was wondering IF it’s normal to become a little dry from it. I’m also on about day 4 of the 6 days. I wanted to know when it might be safe to try to the Glycolic peel – I don’t want to dry out my skin or overdo it. Thanks so much.

Yes it is normal to become dry from the Microdermabrasion Peel because it is in fact a “peel” it is a combination of 10% Unbuffered Glycolic acid and Corundum Crystals. So even though the percentage of Glycolic Acid in the product is low with continuous, consistent use you will indeed become dry and peel or flakey a bit. You are correct to be concerned with over doing it. If you are ready to perform the peel go ahead and stop the Micro peel at the 4 day mark and let the skin breath for the remaining 2 days.

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