all about our chemical peels

a chemical peel is a form of exfoliation with acids that target the keratinized or dead skin cells on the very outer layers of the skin. chemical peels help to increase the rate of turnover and sloughing off of these dead layers so that newer cells can reach the surface more quickly.

there are different acids used in chemical peels that target a variety of desired results but they all promote the exfoliation of dead cells on the surface (and inside the pores) of the skin.

OUR CHEMICAL PEELS

we work with a variety of chemical peels at skinSALVATION. your esthetician will help you figure out which of our peels is the best choice for your skin. below is a description of the different peels we offer in our clinic.

MANDELIC PEELS

our 20% and 35% mandelic acid peels are oftentimes the only peels many of our clients ever need and this is because they do their job so incredibly well. we use these peels more than all the other peels combined at our clinic. the many benefits of our mandelic acid peels include:

  • anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties which translate to a reduction in inflammation and inflamed acne
  • regulating sebum production while improving skin cell turnover preventing and clearing clogged pores
  • lightening and brightening, lifting hyper-pigmentation and improving the overall tone of the skin
  • promoting collagen production which decreases as we age – many clients notice a difference in their complexion and appearance after just one mandelic peel treatment. this also has an effect on the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, resulting in a more vibrant, youthful appearance.
  • safe for all skin types – mandelic acid is the most gentle of all the acids used as chemical exfoliating agents. this makes it well tolerated by even the more sensitive skin types.

OTHER PEELS

lightening of hyper-pigmentation is a major concern for many of our clients. we have great peel options that work beautifully for lifting pigmentation quickly. however, we counsel our clients to first do the work to get cleared up before worrying about the left over pigmentation. talk to your esthetician if you think you might be ready to try one of the peels below.

  • our 10% TCA depigmentation peel is a mild but very effective peel that delivers lighteners down to the melanocyte (pigment producing skin cell) without traumatizing the skin. the TCA peel contains other buffering acids that target hyper-pigmentation and sun damage. this is a wonderful peel for evening skin tone, reducing acne, retexturing the skin and refining pore size.
  • our 20% lactic lightening peel contains lactic acid, a milk-based ingredient that hydrates and exfoliates the skin in a gentle manner. this peel also includes two superb lighteners: arbutin and kojic acid that work with lactic to lighten and hydrate the skin.
  • our progressive pro peel is our strongest facial chemical peel offering. check out our blog post on the pro peel to learn about this powerful peel.
  • our smoothing body peel consists of a 2 step process. the pre-peel accelerator mask (step 1) provides nourishing ingredients that soften and hydrate the skin’s surface. the smoothing body peel (step 2) improves the appearance and texture of the skin with a combination of exfoliating, smoothing and brightening ingredients. this treatment is an excellent choice for promoting an even skin tone and clear complexion on the upper arms, shoulders and back.

shining a light on LED Therapy

ABOUT LED

LED was first discovered by NASA and stands for light emitting diode, which is a tiny computer chip encased in a glass bulb. there are different LED wavelengths resulting in different colors. each wavelength or color provides unique therapeutic benefits to the skin. LED delivers light to the skin similar to how plants absorb light from the sun. LED therapy is non-invasive, painless, requires no recovery time and is safe for all skin types.

OUR ACNE TARGETED LED LIGHT

we offer LED light treatments at our clinic in San Francisco both in combination with other therapies like extractions and chemical peels or as a stand alone appointment. our LED treatments consist of exposing the entire face to our acne targeting LED light panel for up to 20 minutes depending on the treatment type. the light is engineered to feel warm and soothing and clients often will fall asleep during the LED portion of their treatment.

our professional LED light uses the red and blue wavelengths in combination. together these work to encourage the production of adenosine triphosphate or ATP. the skin cells and surrounding structures then utilize this abundance of ATP to carry out skin repair functions that produce visible results.

red light stimulates connective tissue cells called fibroblasts to secrete collagen proteins that are used to maintain and repair the structural framework of the skin. this translates to more efficient wound healing, reduction of redness and lifting of old pigmentation left from topical damage. existing breakouts heal faster and the overall appearance of the skin is visibly improved, healthy-looking and glowing.

blue light targets and destroys Cutibacterium acnes or c. acnes bacteria. these bacteria proliferate inside acne lesions and their waste products contribute to the inflammation that results in a breakout-type pimple. blue light also reduces excessive sebum production inside the pore which helps to prevent the development of the seeds that lead to inflamed and non-inflamed acne.

TREATMENT RESULTS

results differ from person to person. some can be seen immediately after one treatment and others happen more slowly with several treatments over time.

immediate results:

  • a noticeable reduction in healing time post treatment for both peels and extractions with less rebound inflammation after treatments
  • when the light is applied to an area at the very beginning of the inflammation process it can completely reverse it preventing the breakout that was bound to occur without the help of the light. this may not work every time for everyone but it is something we have seen occur for many clients over the years.

results seen over time with several treatments spaced close together:

  • reduced visible signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles
  • improved tone and rejuvenation of the skin
  • accelerated lifting of post inflammatory hyper-pigmentation left from old acne breakouts or picking
  • a more pronounced reduction of inflamed breakout frequency and severity

client’s can book any of our LED treatments through our online scheduling platform. feel free to reach out to your esthetician with any questions regarding this or any of our treatment offerings.