For someone who hasn’t done much with their skin over the years, and is looking to freshen up their look, starting with an exfoliating treatment such as microdermabrasion or a chemical peel is a great way to bring the skin back to square one. A microdermabrasion or chemical peel can get you off to a fresh start! But first, it’s important to know a little about what to expect.

Here are a few points to consider before your first appointment:

What Is Best For My Skin?

All skin types need to be exfoliated; it helps to keep the skin functioning normally, and prevents dullness due to build-up of dead skin cells, as well as many other benefits. However, there are different types of exfoliation the benefit different types of skin.

Someone with dry skin will see better results from a physical exfoliation such as microdermabrasion. Where an oilier, or acne prone skin type will benefit from a peel containing salicylic acid. For the pregnant, breast feeding, or sensitive skinned patients the Indermica Infusion Facial treatment is a great option as the gentle crystals and activators exfoliate the skin without feeling too harsh. Also, it doesn’t contain any ingredients that could be potentially harmful during pregnancy or breastfeeding.

Know What You’re Having Done

Terms like “dermabrasion” and “chemical peels” tend to give people the mental image of Samantha Jones in that memorable episode of Sex and The City where she has a peel that will make her look 10 Years younger, but not before a rather painful looking recovery time. That is not the case with this level of exfoliating treatments.

Microdermabrasion and Chemical peels only affect the epidermal layers of the skin. It’s a deeper level of exfoliation that you could achieve at home, but not aggressive enough to have any considerable amount of downtime afterwards. They work to remove dead skin cells, and excess oils and impurities giving the skin a brighter appears, a smoother texture.

Microdermabrasion is a physical exfoliation which means that it is manually removing dead cells from the surface of the skin. Think of this as buffing your skin, much like sandpaper. While a chemical peel uses a mixture of alpha hydroxy acids to dissolves dead skin cells, allowing them to be washed away with the peeling solution.

Preparing For The Microdermabrasion or Chemical Peel Treatment

If you’re an exfoliating junkie like me this step might be hard! About 3-5 days prior to your treatment you will want to stop using any sort of exfoliant on your skin. This includes scrubs, enzymes, retinols, or any acids. This is important to ensure your skin in not too sensitive on the day of the treatment. If you have already exfoliated away the dead skin cells, there is not much left for the microdermabrasion or the chemicals to work on, and they will attack the healthy cells which may irritate or even damage the skin.

Be Cautious of Your Sun Exposure

Sun exposure is very damaging to your skin, and you should protect your skin on a regular day. It’s important to ensure you avoid direct sun exposure prior to an exfoliating treatment, and even more important afterwards!

You want to be sure the skin is in a healthy state prior to treatment, and that it is not sensitive as the chemicals and microdermabrasion could irritate the skin, causing further damage.

What To Do After Microdermabrasion or Chemical Peel Treatment

Now that you have removed the unwanted layers of dead cells the skin is in its freshest and more natural state. This is the best time to introduce a new skin care regime, because without that barrier of dead cells your products can penetrate the skin more easily allowing them to work for effectively. Products only treat the skin superficially, so giving them a chance to penetrate even deeper will give you a more dramatic results, as well as getting your monies worth!

Also, same as before the treatment you must be VERY cautious of your sun exposure you have even less protection afterwards. And take a break from your exfoliants for a few days after. Your skin has been exfoliated enough already!

As adults, we thought the years of teen drama and ugly pimples were behind us. But we are just as hormone crazed as ever! Acne affects people of all ages and goes beyond the early teenage years. This post will examine why you have adult acne and how you can get rid of it.

Why You Might Have Adult Acne

Adult acne is caused by sebum, an oily substance produced by the skin’s sebaceous glands. Sebum clogs pores, which attract bacteria and becomes inflamed. For some adults, breakouts are a result of hypersensitivity or overproduction of androgens (male hormones). But an imbalance in both male and female hormones (estrogen) can also cause breakouts.

For women, this can happen during pregnancy, perimenopause, and menopause. Some medications, such as corticosteroids, and cosmetics can also contribute to the development of acne.

Steps To Get Rid Of Adult Acne

Treatment for adult acne starts at home. Having a good home care regime will be your first step towards clear skin. Here are 4 simple steps to adult acne down:

1. Wash The Oils Away

First, you must start with a clean slate, or a clean face. Washing your skin twice a day with a gentle cleanser is key in removing excess oils, and makeup that clog the pores. Celazome’s O-Plex Wash is a great cleanser designed for acne prone skin, it contains a mild dose of salicylic acid as well as other anti-bacterial essential oils such as tea tree and oregano oil that help deeply cleanse the skin without leaving it feeling dry, and irritated.

2. Control Your Oils

Now that you’ve washed the oils away, you need to control them. Exfoliating the skin will help to remove the buildup of dirt and oils in the pores causing the skin to look oily. Gentle scrubs are good, but I prefer something that contains a little salicylic acid. Salicylic acid is anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory this flushes out the pores, as well as reduce inflammation associated with break outs. Try the ZO TE Pads once a day – quick wipe, a little tingle, and the skin stays matte all day.

3. Hydrate Your Skin

Keeping the skin hydrated will prevent the skin from over producing oils. Don’t confuse hydrating with moisturizing though. Think of hydrating the skin as adding water, and moisturizing as adding oil. If the skin feels thirsty it will create more oil to nourish it, by ensuring the skin is properly hydrated the skin will function normally without becoming oily. As an adult with acne not only do you want rid your skin of break outs, but you probably want to prevent wrinkles while you’re at it!

A great preventative lotion is Serum Vitae Purifying Moisturizer from Celazome, its very light weight and contains some soothing and purifying essential oils as well as a 0.4% retinol to help stimulate collagen production but also help prevent adult acne scarring.

If you’re looking for something stronger to fight against wrinkles try ZO Daily Power Defense, another light weight moisturizer with a slightly higher percentage of retinol (0.5%), enzymes to help restore the skins natural function, and antioxidants to combat free radicals and stimulate collagen.

4. Keep Adult Acne Away By Using Better Makeup

The best change in your skin care regime you can make is the type of makeup you use. Sure MAC has great coverage, and hides your blemishes but your just feeding the monster with those silicon, and oil based foundations. Mineral foundation again is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, and won’t clog your pores. Plus mineral foundation naturally has an SPF 20 build in.

Coloresciene has a great mineral makeup line that provides great coverage, along with products formulated for acne-prone skin. The Skin Mattifying Primer has a soft skin tone tint to help smooth the appearance of blemishes, it also contains a small percentage of salicylic acid to help control oiliness throughout the day. While the Clarifying Mist helps set your foundation is also helps to keep a matte finish all day long and it has a refreshing citrus scent!

Now that you have a proper home care regime in place you are on your way to a blemish free complexion!

About the Author:

Chloe Dobie is the head Laser and Skin Care specialist at CüR Laser and Skin, where she helps the men and women of Vancouver to rejuvenate their skin, and souls! Chloe has a passion for learning and is constantly researching new technologies and techniques to improve the results of her clients. Although she hasn’t yet perfected her “miracle perfect skin potion”, Chloe has a lot of great tricks and tips up her sleeve that she loves sharing with her clients to ensure they get the most out of their treatments.