October 28, 2016

PROFESSIONAL RESURFACING TECHNIQUES - Which suit your skin the best?

professional resurfacing techniques
There are a number of peels and exfoliating techniques available to professional aestheticians. AHA, BHA, Enzyme, Jessner, TCA, blend peels, herbal peels (combination of AHA and enzymes) Microdermabrasion, Dermabrasion, Derma Blading (shaving). All of these techniques essentially do the same thing, rejuvenate the skin by exfoliation.

The differences are that certain techniques were developed to target specific skin conditions:


AHA peels work on the surface of the skin and can penetrate to deeper layers for deeper exfoliation. Glycolic is great for thickened skin, refining and rejuvenating the skin. Lactic Peels are gentler are best for dryer skin types and wrinkles.


BHA peel is best for more oily, congested and problematic skin. Penetrating into the follicles it deep cleanses and dislodges clogging and congestion. 


Enzyme peels are best for more delicate skins that may also be congested. Enzymes work gently to dissolve dead cell build up as well as decongesting the pores. 


There are different types of microdermabrasion methods - crystal and diamond. Hydra-micro-dermabrasion is diamond microdermabrasion with water. Microdermabrasion is similar to lactic peel, so best for milder skin problems. 


Dermabrasion is performed under an anaesthetic by a surgeon who removes the whole surface layer of the skin after first dissolving the skin with an acid, then using a steel rotating brush scrape the skin off.  This requires time off work, medications and sometimes hospitalization. Used to treat severe acne scarring.


Jessner, TCA and blend peels are stronger and the strongest are restricted to doctors only, targeting advanced signs of aging and sun damage.


Dermal blading is very similar to shaving + microdermabrasion, providing surface skin exfoliation. Removes fine hair and smooths the skin.


Aesthetic rejuvenation techniques performed by Aestheticians and other Beauty professionals are varied and target different skin issues. Peels work at a deeper level, whereas physical exfoliation techniques work more on the surface.
To determine which peeling/exfoliating technique is best for your skin, talk to a skin care professional.


vitamin serumDo not even contemplate undergoing any of these procedures without fist ensuring your skin is well hydrated and in good condition. You will achieve greater results if your skin is overall healthy and hydrated. 

All of these techniques make your skin sun sensitive, so you absolutely must be using a SPF 30+ sunscreen every day, otherwise you will end up with more sun damage. 

Begin using a good vitamin C serum at least 2 weeks before undergoing any of these procedures, to strengthen your skin and inhibit tyrosinase, an enzyme that is responsible for excess melanin (pigmentation) otherwise you may end up with patchy areas. 

Finally, invest in a good EGF (epidermal growth factor) serum to use post treatment to boost healing, recovery and results.

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