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Benefits of Clinical Treatments

Professional chemical peels, acne treatments and clinical facials with enzymes:

Helps give the skin a visible glow.

Help fade dark spots and dark blemishes left by residual acne and other causes.

Help even out the skin tone and fade dark patches.

Help brighten shadowing in the beard area caused by razor bumps, shaving powders and chronic irritation.

Help gradually soften and reduce the thickness of scar tissue.

Help soften follicular debris and purge clogged pores.

Help emulsify and remove excess oil.

Help reduce flakiness and tightness by dissolving and exfoliating superficial dead cells.

Help make extractions easier to perform by softening follicular debris and comedones.

Help smooth rough-textured skin or scarred skin.

Help exfoliate the dead skin cells that bury ingrown hairs and cause razor bumps.

Help ‘active’ ingredients reach the target tissues for better results.

Performed regularly, exfoliating treatments help reduce the depth of fine lines and wrinkles for a younger, fresher appearance.

Before Your Peel, Acne Treatment or Clinical Facial: The day of your procedure, do not scrub, shave, get facial waxing, use depilatory or shaving powder, exercise strenuously, get electrolysis, have your hair permed, tinted, bleached or relaxed, get dental work, be exposed to continuous sun, get sunburned, pick your skin, overuse your products, stand close to a heater, use a washcloth or rub your face with a towel. Schedule or perform chemical hair treatments, waxing, electrolysis, shaving powder, etc. four or more days before or after your treatments.

If your skin tends to be sensitive, don’t use your active products, including active serums, lightening gels, mandelic acid, salicylic acid, AHA/BHA products, scrubs, retinol (vitamin A), or BPO the night before your appointment. Discontinue Retin A and similar topicals for one week before peels.

If your skin “looks” irritated or sunburned, if you have cold sores, have shaved, waxed, overused your products, “dotted” active serums, exfoliants or lighteners onto dark spots, picked your skin, over-scrubbed, exercised strenuously, or are ill,your procedure will be rescheduled until your skin returns to normal. Be sure to let the esthetician know if you have started using (or have been using) Accutane (isotretinoin), retinoids (topical vitamin A like Retin A) or have been getting your face waxed.

Women: If you have a low pain threshold, don’t schedule a treatment with extractions right before or during the first two days of your cycle. Extractions, laser, permanent cosmetics, tattooing, electrolysis, piercing, dental work and waxing can be more uncomfortable at “that time of the month.”

After Your Peel, Acne Treatment or Clinical Facial: Treat your skin gently and avoid direct sun. Postpone your workout until the following day. Use only cleanser, moisturizer and sunscreen for the first 24 hours. If your skin isn’t irritated or flaking excessively, you may resume your normal skin care routine the following night.

Side Effects: Mild flaking, dryness, redness and minor sensitivity are normal and temporary, especially during the winter months. Some professional procedures cause more flaking than others. We cannot predict or guarantee how much you will or won’t peel following a treatment. Small pimples forming below the skin line may surface after a treatment or facial. Occasionally, pimples “fill up” and need to be extracted a second time. Call the office if you need to drop by for a few extractions within the three days following your procedure. Extracting deep, inflamed and older lesions can cause small scabs and temporary darkening of surface skin cells. Extractions can help prevent deeper scarring and stubborn dark spots. Do not attempt to scrub off dead skin cells, which can increase irritation and flaking. Ask for ways to reduce flaking.

Results may vary from person to person and not guaranteed or implied. Professional treatments must be performed regularly to obtain results and require specific home care, sun protection and lifestyle changes are needed to see improvement. A single treatment will not give dramatic results or remove skin imperfections.

Red marks: Professional treatments do not reduce residual red spots after acne has cleared. Sticking to your homecare regimen, sunscreen usage and acne lifestyle changes will prevent new acne from forming (which causes new red spots) and will allow older red spots to gradually fade away. Ask for help if prolonged redness is problematic.

Use your home care products exactly as directed on non-irritated skin only. Schedule a follow-up visit every month or two to have your skin, lifestyle and products re-evaluated and upgraded or changed as your skin and the climate changes. Call the clinic if you have questions or concerns about your treatment or if you need help controlling any post-treatment flaking or peeling.