Are you unhappy with the tone and texture of your skin? Would you love to rejuvenate your skin? Do you want to remove age and sun spots, improve pigmentation, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and lessen the appearance of enlarged pores and acne scars? Do you want to even out your skin color and gain healthy glowing skin? At Pure Dermatology & Cosmetic Center in Newport Beach, CA, we can help you achieve your goals.
Microdermabrasion is used to treat light scarring, discoloration, and sun damage. It can help to reduce lines and wrinkles, crow’s feet, age spots, and light acne scars. A minimally abrasive instrument that uses tiny crystals to gently sand or exfoliate your skin, removes the superficial layer of dry, dead skin cells. This stimulates collagen production to tighten the skin which makes it appear smoother. No chemicals are used, so it is an excellent treatment for skin that is sensitive to chemicals. It is safe and non- invasive, with minimal risks, and is gentler than dermabrasion. Microdermabrasion is often called a “lunch hour” procedure. The results are visible immediately, and can be repeated at short intervals.
As the first barrier to the environment, the skin is exposed to UV radiation and pollution daily. This generates free radicals that lead to uneven, blotchy skin, wrinkles and sagging skin. Chemical peels are a good way to mitigate the damaging effects of UV exposure and remove toxins and impurities from your skin.
A chemical peel is a procedure to improve the appearance of the skin on the face, neck or hands with the use of an acid solution to remove damaged, outer skin layers. The new skin is usually smoother with less wrinkles, better tone and color. Chemical peels are effective for blemishes, wrinkles and uneven pigmentation.
Light Chemical Peels- Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) Peels
Examples of light AHA peels use Glycolic Acid, a fruit acid and the most frequently used light chemical peeling agent, along with lactic acid and citric acid. We recommend regular AHA peels every 2 weeks for those who have signs of aging, dark spots, rough spots or sun damage (like actinic keratosis) or acne.
How do they work?
Aging and sun exposure lead to a gradual decline in the rate at which old skin cells slough off and are replaced by newer cells. This results in a top layer of dead skin cells that are responsible for the appearance of aged skin. AHAs loosen the bond that holds the surface skin cells to each other, allowing the dead skin to peel off. The skin underneath has a fresher, healthier look with more even color and texture.
With repeated treatments and the use of high concentrations, AHAs may also affect the deeper layers of the skin by stimulating the production of collagen and elastin – thereby making fine lines less obvious.
What do AHA treatments involve?
AHA peels are an ideal treatment for busy people who are unable to take time off work for deeper microneedling or laser resurfacing procedures. AHA facial peels gently retexture the skin and improve skin tone over a period of a few months. They are helpful in stabilizing oily or acne-prone skin.
Glycolic acid peels, also called Fruit Acid peels, are superficial peels so recovery is rapid. The face is cleansed thoroughly and then the peel solution is applied for three minutes. It stings mildly. The solution is then washed off.
The procedure is usually repeated weekly or every 2 weeks. The strength of each peel ranges from 30 – 70% depending on skin sensitivity. The lowest strength will be used first and gently increased to the desired strength to achieve your goals.
Treated skin may be slightly pink immediately after treatment, and a little peeling may occur over the next few days. These peels cause little to no downtime, and are often called “Lunchtime Peels”. They are safe for use in pregnancy.
Beta Hydroxy Acid Peels
Salicylic Acid is the predominate Beta Hydroxy Acid. It works by breaking down keratin, a protein in skin that causes scaling. In acne, topical salicylic acid helps to prevent clogging of the pores with skin cells. These peels are used for blemish-prone skin and treat black heads, white heads, and acne, by controlling sebum excretion and acne, and remove dead skin cells.
For patients with active acne, treatments are usually once a month for a series of 3-6 treatments for acne control. Salicylic acid peels usually take 15 minutes, and may be combined with microdermabrasion for best results. They generally have few side effects and are often combined with an acne treatment regimen.
TCA Medium Chemical Peels
Trichlorocetic acid (TCA) is the chemical used for medium peels. It is designed to penetrate the outer and middle layers of the skin to remove damaged cells. TCA peels are effective to treat sun-damaged skin, and improve age spots, uneven pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, freckles, rough skin and actinic keratosis- precancerous skin lesions. They improve the tone and texture of the skin, and provide a more dramatic result than light peels. The degree and depth of this peel is customized for each patient. Dead skin layers slough off to reveal a new, smoother layer of skin. TCA peels deliver long-lasting results with only a brief healing period.
Dr. Neda Mehr at Pure Dermatology & Cosmetic Center in Newport Beach will discuss your goals and expectations, examine your skin and create a personalized peel for you. Dr. Mehr received the Patients’ Choice award for the Most Compassionate Doctor in 2015. This honor is given only to 3% of all US active physicians. She is also ranked among top physicians in the nation based on patient reviews. Yelp lists Dr. Mehr as one of the ten best dermatologists in Newport Beach, California. Schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Mehr today by calling 949-706-1469.