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Mar 04 2010

QUESTION: Microdermabrasion vs Glycolic Peel

If you’re interested in rejuvenating your skin, you might be wondering about the differences between microdermabrasion and glycolic peels.  Both treatments will resurface and exfoliate the skin by removing the superficial outer layer.  However, microdermabrasion and glycolic peels involve a different means of attaining the desired results and are recommended for different skin types and conditions.

What is microdermabrasion?  This treatment involves spraying fine crystals onto the surface of the skin in order to remove the outermost dead skin cells.  Microdermabrasion aims to improve superficial skin imperfections. This includes age spots, fine lines, mild acne scars, sun damage, and fine wrinkling around the eyes, mild acne scars, age spots or sun spots, enlarged or visible pores, and fine lines.  Because microdermabrasion is a simple resurfacing of the top layer of the skin, it is not recommended for deep wrinkles, moderate to severe scars, or pigmentary problems.  Microdermabrasion treatment offers an added benefit in that it stimulates collagen and elastin production in the skin, creating a more vibrant appearance.

For clients in search of a simple skin-rejuvenating procedure with few side effects and minimal recovery time, microdermabrasion may be an ideal choice.  Because surface skin cells are removed during the treatment, there is no peeling afterwards, and recovery time is minimal.  However, clients with more prominent skin imperfections may wish to consider a glycolic peel.

A glycolic peel is a mild and effective skin peel that uses AHA (alpha-hydroxy acid).  The treatment involves applying a glycolic acid solution to the skin.  Glycolic acid breaks up the surface skin cells to exfoliate and rejuvenate the skin, uncovering newer skin cells over time.  A glycolic peel will address deeper skin conditions, such as acne, sun damage and wrinkling.  Glycolic peels offer the advantage of penetrating into the pores to dissolve acne plugs, and glycolic acid is able to both draw out old skin and draw moisturizers into the skin.  Recovery time is generally minimal.

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How do the treatment processes differ?  Microdermabrasion is painless and relatively quick –a facial treatment usually lasts about 30 minutes.  Microdermabrasion does require several treatments to achieve the desired appearance – 10-12 treatments may be necessary, along with sessions every six to eight weeks to maintain results.  A glycolic peel usually takes 10-15 minutes for the peel itself, depending on the strength of the solution and the skin’s level of adaptation to the treatment.  A series of treatments is recommended for optimal results, and treatments are delivered three to four weeks apart.

Check out Skin Rx Clinic’s comprehensive offerings of glycolic peel options and microdermabrasion kits for home use.

Professional Microdermabrasion results at home
Mar 03 2010

QUESTION: I am confused as to what buffered and unbuffered is.

QUESTION:
I am confused as to what buffered and unbuffered is. Also, maybe you can help me. I am 47 and of course looking for something for the lines/wrinkles, uneven pigmentation and general dull looking face. I have been to the Derm for a couple of peels(don’t know what they were) but they are way to expensive, so I am trying to go this home care route. I am thinking the glycolic is the best way for all of my issues combined.

ANSWER:
Ok  so here’ the deal – Buffered peels are partially neutralized to a pH of around 2.1. The resulting product is considered safer for home / non-professional use.

Unbuffered peels are at lower pHs and are said to act quicker and more aggressively on the skin unbuffered peels should be neutralized with a peel neutralizer such as our Post Peel Neutralizer found on our website @ www.skinrxclinic.com

Our 30% Buffered Glycolic Acid Home Peel has a 2.8 pH, the perfect balance for maximum safety and effectiveness for home use. 30% Buffered Glycolic is recommended for first time users.

After completing your at home peel I strongly recommend maintain the results with a skin care regime.

Our PepToxyl Radiance Serum will address the uneven pigmentation and dull skin and the PepToxy Wrinkle Relaxing Crème will address the fine lines and wrinkles.

Hope this helps…please email with any question or concerns you may have!

Mar 03 2010

What is you’re full ingrident list for the skin rx 5% benzoyl peroxide lotion?

Benzoyl Peroxide 5% Ingredients – Benzoyl Peroxide 5%, Deionized Water, Propylene Glycol, Glycerine, Carbomer, PEG 8, Dimethicone.

Mar 03 2010

QUESTION: I have many problems with my skin, If you could let me know what products would work for me that would be great. Here are my problems: Age 45 Acne,Brown spots form sun,Scarring from breakouts. Not really oily not dry, large pores near nose.

ANSWER:

I am so glad you reached out so we can address your specific concerns!

I recommend starting with a Glycolic Peel…our at home Professional Strength Glycolic peel comes in 30% & 40%. If this is your first time performing an at home peel I suggest you start with the 30% it is just as effective but a little less abrasive. The Glycolic Peel is formulated to address the signs of fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation (dark spots) improve skins texture (acne scarring & pore minimizing) and kills bacteria that causes white and blackheads.

We offer several Glycolic Peel Kit options, Kit #1 would be ideal for you to start out with and is available on our website @ www.skinrxclinic.com

Keep in mind this is a Professional Strength Peel and you may notice a pink or red tint to the skin and some dryness and flaking. This is perfectly normal and I recommend using a mineral based makeup to “Heal the Peel” post peeling. Because it rejuvenates and restores damaged skin, and keeps it soft and hydrated Mineral Secrets Ultra Sensitive Loose Mineral Foundation is the perfect product to assist in healing process and keeps the skin soft and hydrated while providing nutrients essential in restoring cell turnover. This product can also be found on the website provided.

Hope this help…feel free to ask any any questions you may have regarding your skin care and makeup concerns!

Feb 11 2010

Pimple Extractor

Pimples, blackheads and whiteheads occur when pores become obstructed with a combination of dirt, oil and dead skin cells.  Many people find it difficult to resist the temptation to pick at or squeeze pimples.  It’s important to avoid doing so – picking and squeezing can easily spread bacteria around the face, creating more pore obstructions – and even worse, it can actually cause permanent scarring on your skin.

A safe and effective tool to remove blackheads and pimples is a Double Loop Extractor.  This tool, preferred by dermatologists and skin care professionals, features two different loop sizes for small or large blackheads and pimples.  Skin Rx’s Wire Extractor is recommended for blackhead removal.  Both extractors are German-made stainless steel instruments and are the finest tools available for at-home extraction.

To use, start with a clean face.  The extractor tool will remove pimples more effectively if you steam your face or use a hot water compress prior to use – the heat will soften blemishes and make removal much easier.  To begin the extraction process, lay the preferred side of the extractor tool on top of the blemish, encircling the area with the loop – when using the Double Loop Extractor, apply the small loop for whiteheads and the flat side for blackheads.  Lightly apply slow and even pressure until the trapped matter is forced out.  If the blackhead or pimple does not release easily, do not continue to attempt the extraction – applying too much pressure can cause irritation, infection and scarring. When you’ve completed the extraction process, be sure to disinfect the area.  The Double Loop Extractor and the Wire Extractor are not recommended for deep, cystic acne.

The Skin Rx Double Loop Extractor is also available as part of our Extractor Kit #1, which also includes anti-bacterial wipes, lancets, and 15% Glycolic Smoothing Gel.  Our Extractor Kit #2 features the Wire Extractor.
Click here to see our full line of  blackhead solutions

Jan 18 2010

Caring for Skin During the Winter

The winter months mean cooler temperatures, drier air, and, of course, loss of moisture in your skin.  When the outdoor temperature starts to drop, you may notice your skin becoming dry, even itchy or irritated.  Indoor heating systems further aggravate the problem by robbing the air of its moisture – moisture that your skin craves!  As soon as you feel that first chill in the air, it’s time to transform your skin care and moisturizing routine to make sure your skin stays healthy, soft and supple.  Try these products for dry skin to help guard against the elements.

Before you begin your new winter skin care regimen, prepare to receive new moisture with a Microdermabrasion Peel.  Microdermabrasion clears away dead skin cells, allowing moisturizers to better penetrate dry, damaged skin.  Skin Rx’s formula is enriched with natural hydrators, vitamins A, C, E, and other antioxidants.

Once you’ve cleared away old skin cells, choose a gentle facial cleanser that won’t strip away natural moisture.  Arnica Facial Wash is a mild foaming cleanser, specially formulated for very dry and highly sensitive skin.  Arnica, a plant species of the sunflower family, has a natural anti-inflammatory effect on the skin, helping to soothe skin cells damaged by the cold.  This facial wash, which contains no oil, perfumes, fragrance, dyes or alcohols, provides full cleansing with the mildness your sensitive winter skin needs.

Next, you’ll need to make sure your skin receives additional moisture.  Skin Rx’s Liquid Silk can be used either under or over moisturizer for added softness and protection against drying.  This paraben-free serum is made up of plant extract oils and phospholipids, helping you achieve a silky-smooth complexion while nourishing your skin!

Professional Microdermabrasion results at home

You’ll also want to guard against dry indoor heat by switching to a rich daily moisturizerHerbal Moisture Creme offers intense hydration and is very well-suited to dry skin.  Its non-greasy formula will keep your face feeling fresh with a host of natural ingredients, including whole aloe, ceramides, hyaluronic acid (maximum water hydrator), echinacea, cornflower, soy, meadowfoam oil, squalane oil, and vitamins A, C, and E.

Winter might have you spending more time indoors, but you still need to apply sunscreen on a daily basis!  Your daily sunscreen should feature a minimum SPF of 15, and winter sports enthusiasts will want to choose a higher SPF.  Advanced Protection SPF 30 SunBlock provides protection with a lightweight, non-greasy, fragrance-free formula.  Green Tea, vitamins A, C, and E, and plant extracts offer an anti-aging boost.  Remember to guard your lips as well – Skin Rx’s Vibran-C Lip Treatment with SPF 15 soothes dry and chapped lips while shielding against sun damage!

Now that you’ve prepared your skin for harsh winter temperatures, should you make any changes to your makeup routine?  In trying out different makeup products, many women find that mineral makeup is more appropriate for sensitive winter skin than traditional makeup formulas.  Skin Rx offers a full range of different mineral makeup products, including base, powder, concealer, blush, highlighter, eye shadow, eye liner, mascara, lipstick, lip gloss and more.  Our 6-Piece Starter Kit includes Mineral Base, Porcelain Finishing Powder, Glow (highlighter), Touch of Sun (bronzer), a flocked sponge, and your choice of kabuki brush or dome brush.

Lastly, don’t forget the basics!  If you live in a very dry climate, a humidifier can help reintroduce moisture into the air.  Make sure to drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated.  Get enough sleep (your skin will love you for it).  And even though you might crave a hot shower on a chilly morning, choose lukewarm water instead – hot water can actually draw moisture out of your skin!

Jan 12 2010

What Type of Chemical Peel Should I Try?

Are you thinking about trying a chemical skin peel and wondering where to start?

There are many different kinds of home face peels.  One formula might be better suited for your skin than another – how do you know what to choose?  One important factor in the differences in home face peels is the pH level.

Your skin is made up of several different components, including water, protein, lipids, minerals and chemicals.  The protein in your skin is sensitive to the level of pH with which it comes in contact.  When the skin’s proteins react with an acid, they are broken down – and this is exactly what a chemical peel strives to do.  Existing skin tissues are destroyed, and new tissue grows to replace the old.

Products with a low pH feature a stronger acid.  This means that high pH products offer increased breaking down of old skin and growth of new skin tissues.  Conversely, products with a high pH contain a weaker acid, resulting in a more gentle reaction with existing skin and slower growth of new skin tissues.

If you’re trying a chemical peel for the first time, or if you have sensitive skin, you might want to start out by choosing a product with a higher pH.  Skin Rx’s 15% Glycolic Smoothing Gel features a pH of 3.  Even if your skin is sensitive, 15% Glycolic Smoothing Gel can be used several times a week as a peel – simply apply to clean, dry skin and remove after 5-10 minutes.  Those with less sensitive skin can leave it on for maximum results.

chemical home skin peels at home

If you’re ready for a stronger formula, try 30% Glycolic Acid.  With a lower pH (1.9), our 30% Glycolic Acid offers a professional strength peel.  Skin Rx’s formula features pharmaceutical grade quality and is made from natural fruit acids (alpha hydroxy acids).  Our Glycolic Acids are available in convenient kits, which include our Peel, Pre-Peel Prep, fan brush applicator, and dispensing dish, enclosed in a zippered bag for ease and convenience.

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