Why is there no Magic Wand for Skin Care? Differences between Microdermabrasion, Chemical Peels and IPL

Microdermabrasion is manual removal of dead and damaged skin cells.    Microdermabrasion also refines the texture and improves the overall evenness of your skin tone. The procedure facilitates more rapid cell turn over and collagen stimulation.   There are two types of microdermabrasion: 1) Crystal- using very fine sand aluminum oxide crystals that are blown onto the skin and then suctioned off with a vacuum.  2) Diamond Tip-the micronized diamonds on the end of the wand tip remove the skin cells which are again “vacuumed” away by a suction action.  Depending on the level of suction used the skin will turn mildly pink, normally returning to its natural color within a few hours.  The client will be highly sensitive for the next 72 hours making sunblock and hats a must wear. Initially, this treatment is best down in series of 4 every two weeks especially for acne and hyperpigmentation.  Once results are obtained with treatments and home care the client can maintain her healthy glow with a once a month microdermabrasion treatment.  Microderm greatly improves the absorption and effectiveness of homecare products and is a great polisher of the skin after an IPL photofacial or medium depth peel.

Chemical Peels  are the application of peeling agents, such as glycolic acid, lactic acid, salicylic acid, retinols, TCA, or phenols) directly to the skin to work in both the epidermal and dermal layer of the skin.

The skin is thoroughly cleansed then a peel solution is applied with gauze or special applicator.  The client may feel a tingling to lite sunburn sensation depending on the depth of the type of peel used.  The skin will often may flush giving a slight pink huge to the.  Most peels are remain on the skin for about 10 minutes and are removed by therapist with water or a deactivation solution.    Light or Glow peels work best in a series of 4-6 effectively treating mild brown spots, grades 1-3 acne, and improving texture and evenness of the skin.   Some flaking may occur but is normally easily removed with some gentle exfoliation.  No significant downtime is involved.  Medium depth peels help with fine lines and wrinkles, pigmentation that reaches the dermis, acne scarring, and acne.  Medium depth peels are normally done in the spring and fall, require 5-7 days of recovery, with the skin turning brown and then peeling off in sheets.

Photofacial is a non-abrasive and non-invasive rejuvenation of your skin using the remarkable technology of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL). The IPL Photofacial handpiece is gently pressed to the skin and pulses of light are emitted. The actual pulse can feel like a lite tap to a rubber band snap against the skin. It normally takes less than half an hour requiring 3-5 days of recovery during which the treated area will turn brown and flake off.  Broken capillaries(red veins particularly around nose and check area) and rosacea can greatly benefit from IPL.  Whereas melasma, dark pigmentation on checks, upper lip, forehead often due to hormones may respond better to a treatment other than IPL.  IPL has also been used to reduce the appearance of mild acne scars, dark circles around the eyes and fine lines around the eyes and mouth. Usually 3-6 treatment.

After Treatment

Your provider will give you specific instructions, but here are some that are typical. Moisturizers and sunscreen will be applied before leaving the treatment room. Moisturize and re-apply sunscreen (at least an SPF 30 with 5-10% zinc or titanium) several times during the day as needed.  Your skin may feel like you had a slight windburn or sunburn. Maintain hydration both topically and internally (drink plenty of water).  Avoid direct sunlight for a week.  Avoid Retin-A and glycolic acids for two-three days after the peel.

Avoid swimming in chlorinated pools for a few days before and after (chlorine is very drying). Always avoid tanning beds.Avoid waxing of the treated area for at least one week; areas may be sensitive to waxing for up to one month after treatment.

Which to choose?  Come for a free consultation with Tanya Gioia at Joyous Skin to develop an easy to follow skin program to create healthy and happy skin!  Book at www.joyousskin.com or call 970-531-1576.

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