Can Light Chemical Peels help me?


I could end this blog post with that simple of an answer, but because I want to educate you with the facts; I will go on into more detail. 😉

I still cant believe how many people fear the term chemical peel.  Well, maybe because the word chemical has a negative connotation or the word peel gives you visions of peeling red skin.  So lets first clear that up. 

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A chemical peel is a body treatment technique used to improve and smooth the texture of the facial skin using a chemical solution that causes the dead skin to slough off and eventually peel off.  The regenerated skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin. Thus the term chemical peel is derived. Some types of chemical peels can be purchased and administered without a medical license, however people are advised to seek professional help from a dermatologist, esthetician, plastic surgeon, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, or otolaryngologist on a specific type of chemical peel before a procedure is performed.”

Today, I will discuss light chemical peels, being that is what I am most familiar with and the most common. 

Here is a list of what light peels can do for your skin.

-Improve the texture of your skin

-Increase product efficiency

-Soften pore size

-Increase the cell turnover rate of your skin

-Improve your skin’s ability to hold moisture

-Help your skin produce more collagen

-Reduce fine lines

-Decrease hyper-pigmentation

-Unclog pores and help clear up acne

-Leave your skin smooth

-Make your skin softer

-Make your skin look more even-toned

-Give your skin a “glow” and “dewy” complexion

-Improve minor scarring

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However…A light chemical peel cannot make dramatic improvements to deep wrinkles or very sagging skin. Conditions like that need to be treated with lasers, deep chemical peels or cosmetic surgery.  And also keep in mind that while you will see instant results after the first treatment; it is highly recommended to get a series of peels to experience the full and continued improvements.

Also keep in mind that not all peels solutions are the same. Depending on your skin type and concerns, the right peel must be used. 

Sensitive Skin…You will get the benefits from a Lactic Acid peel, because they are milder and gentler than other peel solutions.  Lactic Acid is derived from milk and whilst it is excellent at resurfacing the skin it also increases skin’s moisture levels. As the uppermost layers are sloughed away, a smoother textured and healthier skin is revealed.  Another great option for sensitive skin is Mandelic Acid peel.


Oily/Acne Prone skin…Salicylic Peel…It causes shedding of the outer layer of skin leaving you with a smoother, more refined look.  A salicylic acid peel can eliminate the dirt buildup and bacteria that forms on your skin without being too harsh. This is particularly important if you have very sensitive skin. Salicylic acid peels are also a very good option for people with acne prone skin. Salicylic acid treatments are often used to combat the excessive shine associated with excessively oily skin – especially when the oil build up is in the “T-zone”.


Aging, and/or overall skin improvements: Glycolic Acid peel.   Glycolic acid is an alpha-hydroxy acid naturally occurring in sugar cane that helps loosens the thickened surface layers that appear as dry, rough, scaly skin. As the uppermost layers are sloughed away, a smoother textured and healthier skin is revealed. Glycolic peels are used to treat mild sun damage, pigmentation and loss of elasticity.


How to care for your skin after your treatments:
Cleanse with mild cleansers. 
Stay away from harsh ingredients
Don’t pick or peel off skin
Use an SPF and Stay out of sun/tanning beds

What you may experience after your treatment:
Mild peeling/flakey skin
Slight redness and sensitivity

Also keep in mind that there are also several new blends and peels that are available.  Your esthetician/skincare specialist will advise you on the best peel option for your skin type and goals.

If you live in the Cincinnati or Dayton, OH areas, you can visit me at Comprehensive Dermatology Skincare Salon. We have these plus many other options that work great on all skin types! Contact me for more information.




What to expect at your Bridal Makeup Trial!

The purpose of your makeup trial is for you to see what you envision. It will put you at ease and give you the confidence to look like your most beautiful self on your wedding day!


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Beautiful bride to be Ashley wants her makeup to look natural and glowing; with slight pops of color for her wedding day! Here is the look we came up with at her trial.  As you can see, she is already gorgeous in her before, so I wanted to keep her natural beauty to shine through, while enhancing her features and making her skin have a soft glow!

-Ill start out by asking you a lot of questions about your expectations and vision, your usual makeup routine, special occasion makeup routine, your skincare routine, and all the details about your day. Its also very helpful to have an itinerary set up for wedding day so we can get everyone ready on time.

-Come with an open mind and also have some ideas of what you like. Keep in mind that what you see in pictures is not going to look exactly like that on you; but having some ideas will help me know what your style is. While it is important to stay true to your style, also be open to trying some new things! Maybe a bit more highlight on your skin or some slight pops of color on your lips may be something you’ve never thought of! If you don’t like it…we will wash it right off!


-Be honest. I want you to love what we create and if there is anything you do not love about your look; tell me! That is why you hired me! Sometimes it takes a few different colors to get the perfect look for you. Makeup isn’t permanent, so if you want something different, we can easily change it around.

-Take care of your skin! Now is a critical time to be gentle on skin, moisturize and exfoliate so that your skin can remain flawless for your wedding day. If you plan on spray tanning for your wedding, don’t book a tanning session and makeup application on the same day. It will be hard to match your true complexion and you may not get an accurate picture of the final outcome. This is a great time to discuss some in office skincare treatments with me; consider facials, microdermabrasion, light chemical peels, etc… I always say that no amount of makeup will look good without healthy looking skin!


-Bring a friend or family member, but not someone that’s going to take control of the session. This is YOUR wedding, and while it is nice to have the support of your loved ones, this should be all about you.

Last but not least, this should be a fun time and a chance to pamper yourself. Have an open mind and relax! Lets have some fun and do some makeup! -Christine 😉

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Don’t just suffer with Rosacea…treat it!

The National Rosacea Society (NRS) has designated April as Rosacea Awareness Month to educate the public on the impact of this chronic and widespread facial disorder now estimated to affect more than 16 million.


Among survey respondents who suffer from the facial redness of rosacea alone, 82% said the condition had a negative impact on their general outlook on life—and for those with moderate to severe redness, the figure rose to 90%. The earliest signs of rosacea are often overlooked because people assume they are temporary and will go away,

Although rosacea varies from one patient to another, the primary signs may include flushing (redness), persistent or nontransient erythema, papules (bumps) and pustules (pimples), or telangiectasia (visible blood vessels). Secondary features may include burning or stinging, plaques (raised patches on the skin), a dry appearance, edema (swelling), ocular manifestations and phymatous changes, in which the skin thickens.


Since rosacea may be more easily treated when diagnosed early, make an appointment to see a board-certified dermatologist as soon as you first start noticing changes in your skin.

So what can you do to help treat your symptoms?

  • Don’t overheat. Extremely hot temperatures often aggravate rosacea.
  • Protect your face from wind and cold. Covering your face with a scarf helps protect your skin. Just make sure that the material touching your face is not made of wool or a fabric that feels rough to the touch. These fabrics can irritate the skin.
  • Apply a sunscreen before going outside. Since sun exposure can cause rosacea to flare look for sunscreens that contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, as these ingredients are the least irritating; have broad-spectrum protection; have a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 30; and contains silicone, aka dimethicone or cyclomethicone, which can help protect the skin and minimize stinging and redness.
  • Take good care of your skin. Avoid rubbing, scrubbing or massaging the face.
  • Be careful when using hair spray. Make sure the spray does not get on your face.
  • Keep your skin care routine simple. Using too many products may irritate the skin.


    Cleansing 101: Gentle, gentle, gentle
    When it comes to cleansing the skin, go for gentle and non irritating cleansers.Roscacea makes your skin more sensitive and likely to react to ingredients in both prescription medications and skin care products. Moisturizers containing lipids, such as ceramides, are usually well tolerated and improve the barrier that is often compromised in patients with this condition. In addition to ceramides, the humectants glycerin and hyaluronic acid are often added to moisturizers to hold moisture in the skin and hydrate it.
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    For additional rosacea control, look for calming products after you cleanse that contain high concentrations of antioxidants. Applying a barrier-repair emollient that contains lipids and humectants can soften the skin and prevent water loss from the skin. Avoid products that contain ingredients known to irritate skin with rosacea, including alcohol, witch hazel, fragrance, menthol, peppermint, eucalyptus oil, clove oil, salicylic acid, camphor, and sodium lauryl sulfate

    Another common question I get from my clients and friends is what kind of exfoliator can I use on my sensitive skin?
    That can be kind of tricky because if you have sensitive or suffer from Rosacea, you know how harsh most products can be. After a while, you give up, but still need to find a gentle exfoliator.  Here is a great at home treatment you can do!!

  • -Mash up the inside of an Avocado
    -Mix in some raw sugar
    -Blend in an essential oil that is best for sensitive skin: There are a number of essential oils that are helpful for as treatments for sensitive skin, including Lavender, Geranium, Neroli, Chamomile, Rosewood, and Rose.
    -Mix together and gently exfoliate over your face and rinse with warm water.
    -Finish off with a hydrating moisturizer.
    -Its best to limit the amount of times you exfoliate each week. Once or twice is more than enough.
  • So here are the key points- seek help asap, look for gentle non irritating products, hydrate and treat with calming ingredients, gently exfoliate, be careful in extreme temps and wear your SPF!keep-calm-and-love-your-skin-5