Skincare and Beauty

Salicylic Acid Peels

Salicylic acid has been used to treat various skin disorders for more than 2,000 years. The ability of salicylic acid to exfoliate the stratum corneum makes it a good agent for peeling. In particular, the comedolytic property of salicylic acid makes it a useful peeling agent for patients with acne. Once considered as a keratolytic agent, the role of salicylic acid as a desmolytic agent, because of its ability to disrupt cellular junctions rather than breaking or lysing intercellular keratin filaments, is now recognized and is discussed here. Salicylic acid as a peeling agent has a number of indications, including acne vulgaris, melasma, photodamage, freckles, and lentigines.

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What to Expect from a Lactic Peel

Lactic acid chemical peel is one of the gentlest chemical peels. Unlike a glycolic acid peel or a salicylic acid peel, a lactic acid peel is extra gentle and good for even the most sensitive skin. Just like other “lunch time peels”, lactic acid is part of the AHA or fruit acid group. But, unlike other fruit acids, lactic acid is derived from sour milk.

 

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Summer Skin Care Tips

It's essential to take care of your skin, especially during the summertime, when UV levels can wreak havoc on exposed skin. While those killer rays may feel sensational, the effects of sun exposure may not be as agreeable over time. One in five Brits will develop some form of skin cancer during their lifetime.  Prolonged ultraviolet exposure may also lead to cataracts, which affects more than 20 million Brits over age 40. Then there's premature aginga of the skin. The National Institute on Aging has pointed to sunlight as a major culprit of wrinkles, dryness, and age spots.  Summer season – the season of warmth, heat, mangoes, tall glasses of juice, ice cold water, sweat dripping off your face as you walk under a blazing sun, numerous cold water baths and….itching, irritation, acne, dark spots, body odour and sweat.

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Chemical Peels at Home

A chemical peel is a very popular procedure in UK right now. It is used to improve and smooth the texture of the skin. A chemical solution is applied to the skin that causes it to exfoliate and eventually peel off. The new, regenerated skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin. There are three basic types of chemical peels. Superficial or lunchtime peel: glycolic or mandelic acid is used to penetrate only the outer layer of skin to gently exfoliate it. The treatment is used to improve the appearance of mild skin discoloration and rough skin as well as to refresh the face, neck, chest or hands. Than, there is medium peel, where trichloroacetic acid is applied to penetrate the out and middle layers of skin to remove damaged skin cells. The treatment is used to improve age spots, fine lines and wrinkles, freckles and moderate skin discoloration. It also can be used to smooth rough skin and treat some precancerous skin growths. Deep peel is where high concentration Tricholoracetic acid or phenol is applied to deeply penetrate the middle layer of skin to remove damaged skin cells. The treatment removes moderate lines, age spots, freckles and shallow scars. Patients will see a dramatic improvement in skin appearance. The procedure is used on the face and only can be performed once. Only superficial and medium peels can be performed at home.

 

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Can Chemical Peels be Done During Summer?

Can chemical peels be done in the summer? Well, it's a good question.A chemical peel is a non-surgical procedure in which one or more chemical solutions are applied to small areas of your face and neck. It sounds intense, but reports can exaggerate the process. Many different types of acids can be used in chemical peel procedures (glycolic, mandelic, salicylic, phenolic and trichloroacetic acid). Chemical peel strength can be light, medium, or deep. Light peels are used to treat uneven pigmentation, acne, dry skin, or fine wrinkles. Medium peels are used to treat acne scar, deeper wrinkles, and uneven skin color. Deep peels are used to treat deeper wrinkles, sun-damaged skin, scars, blotchy areas, and even pre-cancerous growths. The strength of the peel will dictate the kind of solutions used in the procedure and the amount of time needed to recover.

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