Glycolic Acid, Microdermabrasion  
skin care logo

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.

Oct 14 2010

QUESTION: What is the difference between glycolic, lactic and salicylic acids? I am looking for a chemical peel for fairly deep-set wrinkles around eyes and mouth. Also what strength would you suggest I use? How many treatments are in 2 oz, 4 oz or 8 oz? I use Olay moisturizers and night creams, would these still be advisable with chemical peel regime? Any other information you think might be helpful to me will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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.

Sep 10 2010

QUESTION: What is Mineral make up? Why is it so much better than regular make up? It seems everyone is wearing mineral make up instead of regular powders and concealers.

Mineral Make up is essentially pure crushed minerals. Two of the minerals are natural sunscreens so the makeup has a built in sun protection. Unlike traditional powders you “buff” the minerals on. The warmth of your skin causes the minerals to slightly liquefy and form a natural finish on your face. When the minerals are applied properly (which can take some practice) your skin has a glowing, natural look. Mineral Makeup generally refers to the Loose Mineral foundation, but there are many other mineral makeup products – finishing powder, face color, blush, eye shadow, eyeliner, etc. The minerals generally come in a loose powered form but it also comes in pressed or liquid.

Sep 09 2010

QUESTION: I would like to ask some questions about your products and possible get some recommendations from you about my skin concerns. I’m 30 years old and when I got pregnant I got melasma on my face. With the birth of my child, melasma went away. Just this year I noticed some brown discoloration on my forehead, and yes, melasma is back. I also have blotchy, uneven skin tone, an occasional breakouts, large pores, combination skin type, ect. I heard about glycolic acid peel from my sister in law (she is using it at home for melasma that she has, and also other skin concerns as well). I did try it at her house once, and I must say I loved the way my skin felt the next day. I didn’t have any reaction to it (it was 30% glycolic skin peel). I was wondering if you can recommend some of your products that I can use to improve the overall condition of my skin. Thank you so much!

It seems you have a couple different issues you would like to address so let start with the Melasma. I first want to say this is an extremely difficult skin condition to treat…I am sure you know this already but you must be willing to commit to a regimen first and foremost. You mentioned you tried the 30% Glycolic peel with some success, and I am sure you did love the way your skin felt the next day, Glycolic Acid is formulated to refine, resurface and retexturize the skin as well as assist in cell turnover which is why your skin felt so nice after the peel. It was free and clear of dead cell build up and as a result the texture was even and smooth opposed to uneven and ruff. But to address the discoloration Lactic Acid is actually your best course of action. Lactic Acid is formulated to reduce the production of melanin which is what is causing the dark discolorations. This is your most aggressive treatment option. We also have a Skin Lightening Kit that has proven very successful at treating discolorations of the skin. The kit includes Skin Rx Clinics specially formulated 2 in 1 Microdermabrasion Peel as well as our Skin Lightener which includes 3 different forms of lightening agents…Hydroquinone, Kojic Acid and Glycolic Acid. The kit also includes a physical sun protection with SPF 30 so the discolorations do not come back once you have lightened them. As far as the large pores, uneven skin tone and occasional breakouts the 15% Glycolic Smoothing Gel will be perfect for you! It is formulated to assist with all of your concerns and will help improve the Melasma as well. A good cleanser and moisturizer are essential also. The Glyco-Lactic Gel Cleanser and O2 Rejuvenating Crème would be the most beneficial for your skin type.

Sep 08 2010

QUESTION: Do you know of any products good for Keratosis Pilaris? I’ve had it for years and I can’t live with it anymore. I have serious discoloration and hard little bumps. Do you have any products that could assist me with that because I’ve tried everything under the sun! Thank for your response and I am so eager to treat this diseased skin of mine. Who do I speak with about this product? Thanks!

Hi, my name is Tara I name the Esthetician and Make-Up Artist here at Skin Rx Clinic. Any questions you may have you can contact me. I need a little more info about your Keratosis Pilaris…like where is it mostly (arms, face, etc) and is it mainly the little hard bumps or do you have red discoloration as well?? Once you get back to me with this information I can help better customize a regimen for you.


I am African American so the bumps aren’t red, they’re actually dark brown but they get red if irritated. They are mostly on my back and arms, but they show up in different spots as well. Thanks for your help. I order the lightning kit and I hope it helps. I really appreciate you assisting me because other products didn’t. I’m also using Meladerma bleaching cream to help even my skin tone. Do you know anything about the product?


I can only imagine you have tried everything!!! Without success! I won’t lie to you…this is an extremely hard skin problem to treat. That being said I am not telling you to give up and I do have suggestions for you. Your best option is The Microdermabrasion Peel; Its 2 in 1 formula might be just what you need. Glycolic Acid will help loosen up the skin and the Corundum Crystals buff away the skin the Glycolic Acid loosened. This allows the Glycolic acid to penetrate and help dissolve the bumps. This is what I would try first. You might also want to try Skin Rx Clinic’s Skin Lightener, it is designed to rebuild pigment and from how you described it, it sounds like you have damaged the melanin and it has turned a brownish color. If this is true the skin lightener will assist in restoring the color. I think we should first see if the Microdermabrasion Peel helps if so we should stick with that for a bit and see what results we can get from that product. If you are interested in both we do offer a Skin Lightening Kit that includes the Skin Lightener, Microdermabrasion Peel & Sun Protection. This is going to be a process…I just want you to be aware that this will not happen overnight but if you are committed I am happy to help!! Another benefit of the Microdermabrasion Peel is that it can be mixed with Skin Rx Clinic’s Glyco-Lactic Gel Cleanser and used as an everyday scrub…You mix one part Microdermabrasion Peel to 1 part Glyco-Lactic Gel Cleanser and apply like you would your body wash…this will prevent the area from becoming sensitive or irritated.

Aug 27 2010

QUESTION: I have white balls (like milia), but deep in my skin. I will feel a sore spot – like a deep pimple, but it will not go away. I can usually feel a hard cyst under it. Most of the time, I get up my courage and use the tweezers to gouge the spot and locate the cyst. After I remove it, it heals quickly. Is this normal? I seem to get many and they are very painful. Do you have any advice?

You have a couple options here. First STOP gouging them with tweezers…you are setting yourself up for, infection, scarring, the list goes on and on!! There are tools specifically designed to help properly extract the milia as well as the underground cysts. They are called lancets and they are designed with a razor sharp edge that safely pierced the skin so you can extract the blemish easier. Once you have lanced the blemish you should then use and extractor tool to remove it. You can get a Double Loop or Wire extractor it is preference, they both work extremely well. Next you will want to look into Skin Rx Clinics Microdermabrasion Peel. It is formulated with a combination of Glycolic Acid and the same Corundum Crystals used in machines at Doctor’s offices or Salons. The unique 2 in 1 combination of Glycolic Acid and Corundum Crystals will peel away the dead, dull cells and revel renewed refined & retexturized skin. Once that dead skin cell buildup is removed then you can lance and extract the blemish with ease. I also recommend Skin Rx Clinic Jojoba Exfoliating Cleanser to help keep your skin clean and exfoliated and A Glycolic Lotion for the day  to keep you hydrated.

Aug 24 2010

QUESTION: I just recently discovered your site on the Internet and am interested in your products. I am wondering if you can advise me on what products to use for the problems I have with my skin. I have had a dark spot on my cheek for numerous years about the size of a nickel that is like an age spot and have tried hundreds of products for at home with no real results. Do your skin products REALLY lighten dark spots???I cannot afford to go to Dr’s and have treatments and swore I would not try another product, but I am enticed by your site. Any info would be appreciated. Thank you

I can imagine you have tried a thousand products, without results. So I absolutely understand you frustration and lack of trust in products. I will be completely honest with you…when you are dealing with age spots which are an overproduction of melanin they are extremely hard to get rid of. Now don’t get me wrong, you can diminish the look and lighten the dark discoloration of the spots but to say you can completely get rid of them would be lying. With that being said I do have suggestions and options for you. If you have tried everything on the market from Skin Lighteners to bleaching agents with no success it’s safe to say they are not going to work for you. But before we completely rule them out I want to make sure the skin lighteners you have tried contain: Hydroquinone, Kojic Acid & Glycolic Acid. Skin Rx Clinic offers a Skin Lightener with all 3 key ingredients. It is essential that they contain all three lightening agents. Other option is a Lactic Acid At Home Peel. Lactic Acid is  an AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) derived from sour milk. It is a superior exfoliant and because it is a naturally occurring metabolite found in the body it is highly recommended for the treatment of Hyper-pigmentation (dark spots). Because it is an at home peel you are not paying for the doctors visit and can perform the peels when it is convenient for you on a more consistent basis. It is better to peel less severely more often than it is to peel more severely less often, and an At Home Peel allows you to do just that. Skin Rx Clinic offers Lactic Acid in 3 strengths…30%, 40% & 50%. I always recommend starting at 30% or 40% Lactic Acid depending on the severity of the discoloration and working your way up to 50%.

Aug 20 2010

QUESTION: What is a good bronzer product? I don’t want to look orange and I have yet to find a bronzer that doesn’t give you that you can tell your wearing bronzer look!! It must exist because I see perfectly bronzed people all the time! Am I just looking in the wrong places?

Let me just start by saying as a makeup artist by far the hardest task I have had to overcome is finding the perfect bronzer! Just when I was about to give up I came across Mineral Secrets Congo Safari Bronzer. It is the only bronzer I have ever tried myself or used on a client that doesn’t leave even a hint of that fake orange bronzer color. It has 3 different shade of bronze swirled together in a tiger pattern. You can also use it as a highlighter on the brim of your nose and cheek bones. It’s a must have for the summer & winter…to keep a that perfect sun kissed look year round!

WordPress Themes

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!