Neostrata Facial Peels

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Get Smoother Clearer Skin With Neostrata Skin Peels

NeoStrata's facial chemical peel treatments are quick, in-office treatments. They're combined with NeoStrata home care products to stimulate skin renewal. Helping the skin to appear healthier, plumper and tighter with enhanced skin smoothness and clarity.

Why Neostrata Peels

#1 recommended professional AHA skin care brand by physicians worldwide, recommended by physicians in over 55 countries, and the exclusive source of professional skin care with polyhydroxy acid (PHA) and bionic acid ingredients

Neostrata Is Great For These Skin Issues

Improving skin's texture (Such as to lessen the appearance of scars.)
Smoothing & evening-out one's complexion (Like in cases of Melasma where the skin tone isn't as even as it could be.)

Strong Peels For Excellent Results

NeoStrata's superficial peel treatments are quick, in-office procedures that are performed under the supervision of a physician. They are used in combination with NeoStrata home care products to stimulate skin renewal helping the skin to appear healthier, plumper and tighter with enhanced skin smoothness and clarity.

Unique Acids

NeoStrata professional products are uniquely formulated with alphahydroxyacids (AHAs), polyhydroxy acids (PHAs) and bionic acids to enhance therapeutic treatments and skin care recommended by physicians. These products are beneficial in helping to improve the visible signs of aging or sun damaged skin and for the adjunctive treatment of various dermatological conditions including acne, dry skin, hyperkeratoses and hyperpigmentation.

What is Glycolic Acid

Glycolic acid is one of the alpha-hydroxyacids (AHAs), a group of naturally occurring substances often referred to as "fruit acids" because they are found naturally in various fruits and other foods. In its natural state, glycolic acid is found in sugar cane juice. Leading dermatologists and plastic surgeons worldwide have long appreciated the positive results of AHA treatments. Numerous clinical publications have demonstrated their benefits in improving skin appearance and texture. Improvements have been observed in patients with dry skin, oily and acne-prone skin, and with pigmentation concerns including age spots and melasma.

Many skin problems are caused by or associated with an excessive build-up of dead skin cells that makes the skin thick and dull, and may cause clogged pores. AHAs help to loosen and remove the surface layers of skin, as well as promote more even pigmentation and deeper skin firming effects.

What is a Glycolic Acid Peel

A glycolic acid peel treatment is a specific technique for skin renewal. During this process, a high concentration of glycolic acid is applied to the skin for a short period of time and then chemically neutralized to end the treatment. This procedure rapidly removes the damaged layer of surface skin cells revealing fresh skin, and stimulating cell rebuilding and restructuring of deeper skin layers. This procedure can help the skin appear smoother, healthier, plumper and tighter, with more even pigmentation.

How Do Glycolic Acid Peels Differ from Other Chemical Peels

Other commonly used chemical peeling agents include trichloroacetic acid (TCA), Jessner's solution, salicylic acid and phenol. TCA, Jessner's and phenol are effective in a number of conditions requiring a medium to deep skin peel. They are, by their nature, toxic to cells, and usually require a longer skin recovery period compared to superficial AHA peels. Salicylic acid peels are used to improve acne, but are not known to provide anti-aging benefits to skin.

In contrast, glycolic acid peels are not toxic to skin cells and are used as superficial peels requiring little skin recovery time. Usually done in a series of controlled superficial peels, AHA peels have been shown to provide improvements to acne prone skin and help reverse sun damage. When proper procedures and techniques are used, results with glycolic acid peels are comparable to deeper peels, without their complications.

Preparation Prior to the Peel Treatment

In your consultation, your doctor will recommend pretreatment with one of the NEOSTRATA® AHA products, Cream, Lotion or Gel. It is important to start using this NEOSTRATA® product as soon as it is recommended, usually at least two (2) weeks prior to your peel.

Apply it once daily to start, then as your skin adapts to the treatment, apply it twice daily after cleansing. This will help prepare your skin for the glycolic acid peel treatment and detect any sensitivity that you may have to glycolic acid.

Because it is possible for some other products and cosmetic practices to increase the reaction of your skin to glycolic acid, you may be asked to slightly change your usual skin care routine one week before a peel.

What Do You Do on the Day of the Peel Treatment

Come to Crutchfield Dermatology with a fully cleansed face. If possible, no makeup, cologne or after shave should be applied, and you should avoid shaving areas to be peeled. If you have accidentally used one of the restricted products or procedures, such as hair dye or an exfoliating sponge, in the past few days, it is important to let us know. Your peel treatment might be rescheduled to prevent an unanticipated deepening of the peel, since your skin may be more sensitive than your doctor expected.

How You Will Look Right After the Peel Treatment

Initially your skin may be somewhat red or puffy. It may take up to one week for the renewal and rebuilding process to allow your skin appearance to return to "normal".

During this repair/renewal period some patients have experienced some of the following:
stinging, itching, burning, mild pain or discomfort, tightness, sun sensitivity, and peeling of the superficial layer of the skin.

Light peeling is an expected result, of course, but not necessary to see the improvement you want. The sensations will lessen over the course of the week as the skin returns to its "normal" appearance. There may be some crusting and or puffing, particularly if the peel has been intense (deep). This should be allowed to heal naturally.

Infrequently, swelling occurs; ice water compresses intermittently for 24 to 48 hours will diminish this. Analgesics can be used to treat any mild pain. Any changes in skin pigmentation, or uncomfortable irritation should be reported to your physician's office right away.

Possible Negative Reactions to a Peel Treatment

The glycolic acid peel process can possibly cause:
(1) an acne flare due to deep pore cleansing
(2) a herpes simplex flare in patients who have had previous herpes infections (particularly if no preventative treatment was used) or
(3) an acne-like inflammation around the mouth (called peri-oral dermatitis).
Some patients may experience transient spots of hyper- or hypopigmentation (coloration or discoloration) after a glycolic acid peel procedure. If these conditions are left untreated, they usually resolve themselves. However, you should inform us if you develop changes in skin coloration.

A peel which is deeper than a superficial peel may result in the following possible negative effects:
moderate to severe redness and peeling, swelling, light scabbing, post inflammatory hypo- or hyperpigmentation, scarring, risk of infection, sun sensitivity, and skin sensitivity/irritation.

Post-Peel Treatment Instructions

Following these guidelines will help speed the renewal process:

  1. Apply the NEOSTRATA® Post Peel Nutricream or the Bionic Cream twice daily for two (2) to seven (7) days until the skin appearance returns to near "normal". Then return to your pretreatment schedule of applying your NEOSTRATA® Cream, Lotion or Gel.
  2. Wash the treated areas very gently using a gentle, soap-free cleanser, avoiding the use of abrasive or exfoliation sponges.
  3. If your skin is very sensitive, avoid the use of makeup for up to a week. If you have little skin sensitivity, you can apply makeup without a wait.
  4. Avoid use of products that may be irritating (AHAs, salicylic acid, retinoids) until skin has fully healed.
  5. Avoid sun exposure, artificial tanning devices and direct heat sources. Use a broad spectrum sunscreen beginning the day after the peel procedure or as soon as you can tolerate it.
  6. To avoid the possibility of scarring, please DO NOT: Peel the skin, Expose the skin to sun or sun lamps, Pick the skin, Use a mask on the skin, Scrape the skin, Wear tight fitting hats or headbands on the treated area(s) Scratch the skin, area. Call your doctor if you have any concerns or questions, or if your skin is unusually uncomfortable, irritated, or lighter/darker in color.

Timing for Additional Peel Treatments

If you have little discomfort with the peel treatment, and a limited shedding/peeling of the surface skin a second peel can be done two weeks later. If you have greater discomfort and skin shedding/peeling with the peel treatment, we'll probably recommend four to six weeks between peel treatments.

The NEOSTRATA® Skin Rejuvenation System was created to allow flexibility in the timing of the peel treatments, for you to proceed at a comfortable rate of skin improvement.

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