Q: When should I start having facial treatments?
A: Depending on your skin, you could start as early as age 12. Due to hormones, your skin changes during adolescence and the aging process begins in your early twenties. Some considerations for facial treatments include treatments for break out management for acne, adding moisture for dehydrated skin, and promoting circulation and cell turn over for dull or aging skin.
Q: What is an enzyme treatment?
A: An enzyme treatment is a topical skin treatment that can promote healthy skin by:
- Accelerating the natural exfoliating process
- Increasing cell renewal and metabolism
- Visibly diminishing discoloration and age spots
- Softening wrinkles
- Improving texture and tone
Q: What do chemical peels do?
A: Chemical peels initiate the premature shedding of the outermost layer of your skin, exposing the new skin below. Chemical peels alleviate the appearance of fine lines, sun damage, and promote healthy skin. Sun protection is highly recommended after a peel.
Q: What are the different kinds of chemical peels?
A: There are numerous types of peels, from the very superficial to those that are deeply penetrating. They include:
AHA, or Alpha Hydroxy Acid Peels. These mild peels include:
- Glycolic acid peels, made from sugar cane
- Lactic acid peels, made from milk
- Malic acid peels, made from apples
- Tataric acid peels, made from grapes
BHA, or Beta Hydroxy Acid Peels. BHA peels, also mild, are especially good for acne. They include:
- Salicylic acid peels, made from birch
- Benzore peels, which are made from organic ingredients
- Butyric acid peels, which are made from fatty acids
Jessner and Modified Jessner Solutions. These solutions are superficial peeling agents, which combine a variety of ingredients. Jessner peels are particularly effective for sun damaged skin. The difference between the two solutions is the amount of lactic acid, salicylic acid, resorcinol, and citric acid used.
TCA or Trichloraecetic Acid Peels. These are considered a medium depth peel, depending on the strength used.
Phenol Peels. These are considered a deep peel and should be performed uner the direction and supervision of a qualified physician.