Peel Away Old Skin and Make Way for a Fresh New Complexion
By: Dr. Dhai Barr
Now that the kids are back in school, it’s the perfect opportunity to take some time for yourself. Give your skin the TLC it needs by peeling away the damaging signs of summer on your skin. Autumn is the time to start thinking about repairing aging sun damage during those long summer days. Free yourself from those pesky lines and wrinkles!
The best way to begin is by an intense exfoliation done with either a chemical peel and/or microdermabrasion. Both treatments take the top layers of dead and dying skin cells off, causing a stimulation of new skin cells. By removing the dead layer and replacing it with new cells you are also removing acne scars, age spots, and damage to the epidermis.
Microdermabrasion is a mild manual exfoliation, using a diamond tip wand to gently abrade the skin cells off and then suction them away. There is no downtime or discomfort with microdermabrasion. Your skin will be left softer, smoother, brighter and younger looking. The level of intensity and depth will be determined by your needs.
Chemical peels are solutions painted onto the face to break down the glue that holds the dead skin cells together. Different solutions allow for greater penetration, giving various depths of treatment. Chemical peels treat fine lines, wrinkles, sun spots or pigmented areas, rosacea, acne and acne scars, and improve overall skin tone and texture.
When combined, these two give even greater results as a two-part skin-invigorating treatment: the mild microderm done before a chemical peel allows for greater penetration and increased youthfulness and glow. Both treatments are best done in a series to encourage optimal cell turnover. They should be done a minimum of 2-4 weeks apart.
Dr. Barr is a naturopathic primary care doctor with an emphasis on endocrine and hormone balancing, weight loss, and medical aesthetics. She improves the lives of her patients by altering their diet and exercise programs, treating and balancing their hormones, and helping them find their inner and outer beauty using the most natural, cutting-edge methods available.