To answer your question, for deep set wrinkles you would want to go with a Glycolic Acid or Jessner Acid. The strongest peel we offer is the Jessner Peel it is designed for deep set wrinkle, severe acne scarring, and severe pigmentation damage! Glycolic Acid is the next strongest peel we offer. I recommend starting with a series of 40% or 50% Glycolic Acid Peel. A series usually consists of 4-5 peels. You can safely peel you skin every 7-10 day for your first couple of series, then 1-2 times a month after for maintenance. I don’t recommend starting with the Jessner Acid, you will get a better result if you start with a 40% or 50% Glycolic Acid Peel first. It is better to peel more often less severely than it is to peel more severely less often. The damage didn’t occur overnight so don’t expect it to be fixed overnight! Peeling is a process. You must go through the process to achieve maximum results. Lactic Acid is a more mild form of Glycolic Acid-they are both AHA’s Lactic Acid is designed for more sensitive skin types…so if you tend to have sensitive skin you would be better suited to use a Lactic Acid. Salicylic Acid is a superficial peel and best used to treat bacteria and acne. 2oz = about 6 peels, 4oz = about 12 & 8oz = about 20 peels. As far as your moisturizer goes if you are happy with them I say keep using them. I strongly recommend using a serum to assure your skin does not dehydrate though, as I am not sure how hydrating the Olay moisturizer you use is and I am not aware of the ingredients ratio. The Willow Herb Soothing Serum is what I suggest to my client for Post-Peel healing and hydrating! It works wonders.
Great question about the different peels. The jessner and (un-buffered) glycolic are going to be our strongest peels.
The Jessner works from the inside out so you will see frosting and flaking on the skin. It is well suited for clients with extensive skin damage, cystic acne and/or very oily skin and using a retinol product is recommended to help prepare the skin for the peeling process.
The Glycolic works from the outside in so it is less abrasive but equally as effective. Our Glycolic Acid is from natural fruit acids and rejuvenates the skin by encouraging the shedding of old, damaged surface skin cells. Our glycolic peels have powerful anti-aging ingredient by itself, so many of our glycolic acid products are considered anti-aging treatments as well.
Please be aware that because of the pharmaceutical grade quality and the un-buffered formula you will get a real, professional strength peel and it is extremely important to use caution when applying these formulas. I recommend starting with a mild peel (30% buffered glycolic or 3% salicylic) and gradually building yourself up to a stronger peel.
I also suggest using a mineral based make-up to help assist in the healing process after you have completed the peel. We feature an ultra sensitive mineral powder on our website that is ideal for post peeling. www.skinrxclinic.com
Keratosis Pilaris – a long name for a very common skin condition. Keratosis Pilaris, or “KP”, is characterized by a rash with hard tiny plugs forming in the hair follicles. These plugs are made of keratin, a protein which is found in the outer layer of the skin. Because the follicles are plugged up, the skin appears raised and bumpy. Many people who suffer from Keratosis Pilaris do not even know what it is or that it can be treated.
There is no cure for Keratosis Pilaris on the market but there are products which effectively treat the symptoms associated with KP to smooth out the skin. AHA’s such as salicylic acid for example, in combination with an intense moisturizer, work very well for those who suffer with this skin condition.
Salicylic acid is classified with a grouping of medicines referred to as “keratolytics”. Salicylic acid can be used to treat certain skin conditions in which the skin has become thickened, scaly or flaky. The properties in salicylic acid work to soften keratin, which is what plugs up the hair follicles on people who suffer from Keratosis Pilaris. Salicylic acid works to loosen the plugged keratin to make it easier to remove. When salicylic acid is used in combination with an intense moisturizer, it peels away the outer layer of skin to soften and smooth out the area. In Keratosis Pilaris, the routine use of salicylic acid helps to prevent the follicles from clogging in the first place. Strengths of salicylic acid products range from 0.5% to 30% so depending on the severity of the KP on a given individual, the concentration will need to be adjusted.
If you are plagued with Keratosis Pilaris and you are self-conscious about your skin’s bumpy appearance, start out with a low concentration of 3% salicylic acid strength to see how well it improves and smoothes out your skin’s texture. If you tolerate it well and would like to see more significant results, try a higher strength of 8% salicylic acid or 15% salicylic acid. Be sure to use salicylic only as directed on the package and do not leave it on longer than specified for best results.
A chemical skin peel is an effective method used to rejuvenate the skin, treat acne, and improve the skin’s overall appearance. While glycolic facial peels and salicylic acid peels were at one time solely performed by dermatologists, physicians, or skin care professionals, there are now at home peels which are just as effective and yet much less expensive. When it comes to acne, these two common face peels both have their advantages.
Glycolic Acid Peels
The alpha-hydroxy acid, Glycolic acid, which is derived from sugar cane, is the smallest AHA molecule. Glycolic acid penetrates the skin quickly and easily to break up the dead skin cells on the surface of the skin to exfoliate and rejuvenate the skin. Newer skin cells are uncovered and with continued use, glycolic facial peels will increase skin cell turnover and boost collagen production. This same shedding of surface skin also clears the pores of blackheads and debris which results in an improvement of acne. Glycolic acid is one of the most effective acne treatments available and overall is considered to be relatively mild so as not to irritate the skin too badly.
Glycolic peels provide gradual improvement with continued used over a period of weeks. Glycolic facial peels are safe for nearly all skin types and come in varied strengths starting at 10%. This allows those who want to use at home peels to find the right glycolic acid peel best suited for their own skin.
Salicylic Acid Peels
Whereas glycolic acid is an alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA), salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid (BHA) which is derived from hearts of sweet bark & willow tree bark. In the skin care industry, salicylic acid products are used as a topical acne treatment and a chemical peel. Salicylic acid has been proven effective as an anti-inflammatory agent that also has the ability to dissolve and clear out sebum found in the pores. It is a bit stronger and involves a less gradual process than glycolic acid but for those with sensitive skin it can be used in lower strength concentrations in cases where glycolic acid peels are not well tolerated. As an added benefit when used regularly, salicylic acid products help protect skin from sun damage as it has the ability to absorb ultraviolet rays. Salicylic acid peels should not be used as often as the glycolic acid peels, as the peeling effects last a bit longer. When using salicylic acid peel products, it is recommended that you take a break in treatment after a period of use for best results.
As the Saint Louis University School of Medicine published in a study where glycolic acid and salicylic acid were compared in effectiveness at treating acne stated, “both types of treatments were similarly effective” for improving facial acne. If you have more sensitive skin, you can try a course of glycolic peels first and if you find you are not tolerating it well or are not happy with the results, move on to salicylic acid peels instead.
Unlike glycolic acid and lactic acid chemical peel treatments which are Alpha Hydroxy Acids, salicylic acid is a Beta-Hydroxy Acid. Salicylic acid is the only Beta-Hydroxy acid. The difference between AHA’s and Beta-Hydroxy acid is that AHA’s are water soluble while salicylic acid is oil soluble. What this means to those using at home peels is that salicylic acid peel products are great for people with oily and acne prone skin. Salicylic acid peels are very effective in superficial skin peeling and in reducing oil & cleansing the pores. Salicylic acid has been proven effective in fighting acne as well. For those with ultra sensitive skin, using a salicylic acid facial peel is a great alternative to glycolic acid peels. Salicylic acid peel products are specially formulated to penetrate into the pores to clearing them of oil and sebum while also reducing inflammation and irritation to leave a smooth, clear complexion. As an added benefit, salicylic acid peels are able to be used more often than the other chemical peel products.
Most commonly, salicylic acid peels are used to treat mild or moderate acne prone skin. Continued treatments can dramatically reduce the appearance of mild acne scars and red spots. However, salicylic acid peel products are not for people who have severe acne or deep scarring caused by their acne. Salicylic acid facial peel products are not strong enough to treat severe acne and a dermatologist or skin care specialist should be consulted before starting chemical peel treatments.
Besides being a great treatment for mild acne, salicylic acid facial peel products can also treat other skin blemishes including brown spots, dull skin, and uneven skin tone. Even though salicylic acid peels are good for people with sensitive skin, you should only perform these types of at home peels about once or twice a week. Salicylic peels are not recommended for every day use due to the harsh effect it could have on the skin if used too frequently. Start with a once per week application and if you feel that you are not getting good results, try using it twice per week.
There are several factors to address when dealing with acne and blackheads. First you want to make sure you are using the proper cleanser. This makes all the difference. By keeping the skin exfoliated and killing pore clogging bacteria you can prevent the breakouts from occurring in the first place. Skin Rx Clinic carries a Jojoba Exfoliating Cleanser. It is give a deep down clean feeling and contains Jojoba beads to naturally buff away dead skin cell build up. That in combination with Salicylic Acid allows the skin to breath even under makeup. You should also use a good moisturizer. This will assure your skin stays properly hydrated throughout the day and as a result will not over produce oil and clog the pores leaving room for bacteria to grow. Skin Rx Clinic also carries a Glycolic Face Lotion that is lightweight and beneficial in helping prevent and clear up acne prone skin. Now that we have touch base on what to do before you apply your make up to keep your skin clear, let’s talk about the right kind of makeup. I am sure you have noticed the Mineral Makeup crazy, and rightly so…it is fantastic! You also have options; Mineral Secrets carries a fantastic line of mineral makeup products, Pressed Mineral Base, Loose Mineral Base and Liquid Mineral base. These are all oil free products made of mineral pigments and will not clog your pores or cause acne causing bacteria to grow. My personal preference is the Liquid Mineral Base. I love its texture and it provides medium coverage without feeling heavy and wearing off mid day! But if you prefer a powder base the Loose Mineral Base is light weight and provides minimal coverage, the pressed is also lightweight as it is still a powder but it provide better coverage. One you decide on what type of Mineral Makeup you prefer the rest is easy…just apply and feel how natural your skin feels and looks!
My recommendation to you is Mineral Secrets Liquid Mineral Foundation Base. You get the same coverage as a full coverage foundation except it is a Liquid to Powder so you don’t feel like you have on heavy thick caked on makeup! Mineral Secrets Liquid Mineral Foundation is still mineral based so it will allow your skin to breath prevent pore clogging bacteria to build up and make your skin worse. If you still want a little more coverage you can get a Mineral Finishing Powder to put over the liquid foundation. As far as clearing up your skin you have a couple options…a good cleanser is a must (and it has to say it removes makeup or it doesn’t) plain and simple and if your face wash isn’t going to take your makeup off its also not going to clean your face! So SkinRxClinic carries a cleanser call Jojoba Exfoliating Cleanser. It is specifically formulated with Jojoba Beads, AHA’s, Salicylic Acid & Grapefruit Oil to remove make up, dirt & debris and impurities on the skin. Jojoba Beads are natural exfoliants that help buff away the dead cells that are preventing your anti-acne products from penetrating deep enough to clear up your skin. I also recommend trying a toner…SkinRxClinic also carries a Glyco-Lactic Toner that has worked wonders for my clients in the past! Its a mild, non-alcoholic toner. It contains natural, active plant extracts and AHA’s to gently exfoliate, soothe, clarify, and resurface the skin.
I highly recommend trying Skin Rx Clinic’s Jojoba Exfoliating Cleanser. It is specifically formulated with AHA, Salicylic Acid & Grapefruit Oil. AHA/Glycolic Acid helps reduce dead skin buildup, this will allow for the Salicylic Acid to penetrate deeper and kill the active bacteria that’s under the surface instead of just trying to dry out the blemish from the outside. Jojoba Beads are natural scrub agents that are gentle but effective at keeping pores from getting clogged. Grapefruit Oil balances the drying effects of the AHA’s with its anti-irritant properties. If you are serious about clearing up your skin and quality is what you are looking for…this is defiantly the product for you!
You don’t “need” to moisturize but I highly recommend it! If you are using the correct moisturizer you can actually control sebum (oil) levels. I also have oily skin and tend to be prone to breakouts. There is nothing worse than feeling like you are wearing a heavy moisturizer so I understand why you asked this question. That being said…I recommend trying Skin Rx Clinic’s Acne/Oil Control Gel. It’s non-greasy, lightweight gel contains salicylic acid and a botanical blend that is clinically proven to control and regulate sebum. It also contains natural anti-bacterial ingredients to decrease bacteria on the skin’s surface. It’s a 2 in 1 product that will hydrate the skin while controlling and reducing oil production. You can find it at www.SkinRxClinic.com search “oil” and the product and description will come up.
To answer your question…NO! If a pimple is healed there is no longer bacteria in the pore and if there is no longer bacteria then there is no longer puss. The gross dirty stuff you are talking about is bacteria that is trapped in the pore and as a result it becomes infected and you get a puss filled bump or pimple. They make medicine that will dry up and heal the puss without having to extract it. For example salicylic acid is designed to kill bacteria that causes blackheads and blemishes. SkinRxClinic makes a Acne/Oil Control Gel that is lightweight and reduces sebum, it contains Salicylic Acid and natural anti-bacterial ingredients to decrease bacteria on the skin’s surface. You can find this at www.SkinRxClinic.com search “acne” and the product and a description will pull up. Another option is an Extractor tool. It is essential when cleaning out or extracting the puss and dirty stuff to do it properly. If not you can cause damage and scarring to the skin. SkinRxClinic also offers two different Extractor tools…double loop & wire. you can also find these at www.SkinRxClinic.com search “extractor” and the different types and a description of both will come up.