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.




Teens: There IS help for your acne!


Acne is the most common skin disease.
People of all races and ages get acne.
But it is most common in teenagers and young adults.


An estimated 80 percent of all people between the ages of 11 and 30 have acne outbreaks at some point.  Acne can be found on the face, neck, chest, back and shoulders because these areas have the largest number of oil glands.

I personally know how difficult and frustrating it can be to find the best products and treatments to help clear up acne. Here is some basic information to set you on the right path towards clearing up your acne.

How Salicylic Acid Peels Can help your acne…


Chemical peels don’t really peel the skin, despite what the name implies. They rapidly exfoliate the skin, allowing dead skin cells to shed more effectively. By keeping dead skin cells and excess oil from clogging the hair follicle, pore blockages (comedones) and pimples can be drastically reduced.  While you will notice immediate improvement after your first peel, it is highly recommended to receive a series of the peels to get the most benefits and continue healing your skin.

  • Acne occurs when hair follicles become plugged with oil and dead skin cells. Hormones, bacteria, certain medications and heredity can be contributing factors. Teenage girls are more likely to have acne outbreaks two to seven days before their menstrual cycles. Cosmetics or other substances applied to the skin can contribute to acne. Pressure on the skin, such as cell phones, helmets and backpacks, may also be contributors.

What acne fighting ingredients to look for:

Benzoyl Peroxide-This super popular ingredient is a bacteria killer. It can come in many different strengths- start out with a lower concentration to see how your skin responds. It can be drying, so make sure you follow with an oil free moisturizer.

Salicylic Acid- This is a form of beta hydroxy acid (BHA), and is commonly used as an acne treatment because it helps your skin shed dead cells and penetrate your oil glands.

Sulfur- Like benzoyl peroxide, sulfur can kill bacteria, but because it’s often very thick and slightly tinted, it’s best worn as a spot treatment.

Tea Tree Oil- This has anti-bacterial properties, but unlike a chemical, it’s not as fast-acting. So if you’re looking for quick results, this may not be your first pick. It is, however, a great alternative if you prefer natural products.

Kojic Acid-While this may not necessarily be a breakout fighter, it should be your go-to for fading dark marks and spots that are left behind after a breakout has gone away.

( top 5 acne fighters)

Teen Acne Tips


  • Don’t Overwash or Overscrub Your Face
  • Do Go Oil-Free When You Wash
  • Do Use an Oil-Free Foundation
  • Don’t Sunbathe or Tan
  • Do Use Oil-Free Sunscreen
  • Don’t Touch Your Face
  • Do Use Oil-Free Moisturizer
  • Don’t Pop  or Squeeze Your Pimples
  • Do Use Acne Medicine as Directed and Look Into All Acne Treatments

Don’t just live with acne, blackheads, and blemishes. If your current treatments don’t seem to be working, see your doctor or dermatologist to discuss other treatments. There are many types of medicines to help clear your skin. Some are available with a doctor’s prescription.

It may take a few tries to find the right treatment that is most effective for your skin. This can be frustrating, but try not to let it discourage you. Just remember that each medication you try will ultimately bring you closer to clear skin.


Also, don’t get disappointed if you’re still noticing new breakouts forming even after you’ve begun treatment. Pimples won’t immediately stop appearing and your acne may get a little bit worse before the medicine starts to take full effect. What you’ll most likely find is that over time your breakouts will become smaller, less red, and will heal more quickly. It is a gradual process, not overnight clearing. Although it doesn’t seem fair, some acne treatments actually make breakouts worse before getting better.

Above all else, be patient! No matter what product or medication you use, it takes time to work. You won’t get clear skin overnight, but with consistent treatment and a little time, you will get the results you’re looking for.



Stopping the Vicious Cycle of Acne!

If you suffer from acne – you know how it can negatively affect your life. I personally know how much of a battle dealing with acne (inside and outward) can be.  And unfortunately, acne has NO age limit! You may never experience a breakout until you are an adult. 

  • Acne is the most common skin disorder in the United States, affecting 40 million to 50 million Americans.
  • Nearly 85 percent of all people have acne at some point in their lives, most often on the face, chest, and back.

You think you’re doing something wrong- you try every product that you think is going to work, you try “scrubbing” it away, you stress out, and it becomes a vicious cycle! Believe me…I know exactly how that feels!!

But chances are, you aren’t doing anything to cause your acne! Your hormones could be the main cause to your acne. 

There are naturally occurring changes in body chemistry as we age. These changes can affect hormonal release from glands, thus disturbing their balance. 

These imbalances can manifest themselves in a wide variety of physical and emotional symptoms. The main hormones that affect the skin include estrogens, testosterone and thyroid hormones.

However, it is just as important to use the right products and treatments for your skin- so contact me if you would like to get on the right regimen towards your best skin!

So what can you do? First of all, talk w/ your doctor and make sure there aren’t any underlying problems. 

But you can take charge of your skin with these tips…

-Look for products with alpha hydroxy acids, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant ingredients.
-Corrective products containing:
-Salicylic acid, Glycolic acid, azelaic acid, licorice extract spot treatments, Pure retinol, kojic acid, lactic acid, licorice root extract
– Use light hydrating products with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory ingredients

Along with in-office treatments designed to increase cell turnover and decrease bacteria and oil production…
-Modified and enhanced Jessner’s formulas
-Salicylic acid treatments blended with anti-inflammatory ingredients
-Deep pore cleansing treatments
-Treatments designed to enhance circulation

You CAN stop the vicious acne cycle and it may be some trial and error and remember you can always contact me if you have any more questions!

My before and after (first picture 2009, second picture February 2014)