Chemical Peels - in depth

What is a chemical peel?

Chemical peels are skin-resurfacing procedures involving the application of chemical substances to remove outer skin layers via exfoliation and peeling. This contained “injury” prompts the body’s normal wound healing process. The resulting regenerated skin is smoother, tighter and more even in color.

What are the benefits of a chemical peel?

When administered by a trained practitioner, chemical peels can be very effective in improving the texture and appearance of the skin. Chemical peels can be used to treat acne scars, “age spots”, mild wrinkling, discoloration, and early photodamage

Who is NOT a candidate for chemical peels?

  • Nursing or pregnant women

  • Accutane in the past 6 months

  • Skin conditions that might make the skin more sensitive (eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis)

  • Naturally dark complexion or skin tone

  • History of abnormal skin scarring (i.e. keloids)

  • Recurrent or severe outbreaks of cold sores

What chemical peels do you use at NP Luxe Esthetics?

We use the SkinMedica line of skin peels (Illuminize, Vitalize, Rejuvenize). SkinMedica is a leader in the fields of medical grade skin care and aesthetic medicine. Each of SkinMedica’s chemical peels are aimed at improving complexion and diminishing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and roughness.

How many and how often should peels be done for the most effective results?

Multiple treatments may be required to achieve desired results. The number of treatments is based on initial level of skin damage, and can vary from 3 to 6. The effect of the peel is cumulative and results are favorable when the peels are used in conjunction with SkinMedica daily product regimen. Peels can be repeated every 3-4 weeks

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Anti-aging Part 1

The physical signs of aging can be prevented and partially reversed through several modalities. Most important is sun protection. Adopting a year-round regimen of sun protection is the first line of defense against photo aging. This includes wearing a broad spectrum sunblock with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher (don’t forget to reapply!), avoiding the sun when UV irradiation is at its strongest (10 am through 4 pm here on the east coast), and sun protective clothing.

The only medical therapy proven to reduce the appearance of photo aged skin is topical retinoids. A vitamin A derivative, retinoids help reduce fine lines and wrinkles by increasing the production of collagen. Additionally, they can improve skin color through increasing production of new vessels and fade age spots by sloughing off the discolored skin and decreasing production of melanin. It is never too early to start a retinoid!

Contact NP Luxe Esthetics and let us help you find the best comprehensive anti aging regimen suited for your lifestyle.


Skin Aging

The skin is the ultimate protective barrier between our internal organs and the outside environment - this is a big responsibility! Skin aging is influenced by several factors including genetics, environmental exposure (UV irradiation), hormonal changes and metabolic processes. Combined, these factors impact alterations of skin structure, function and appearance. Being constantly exposed to the outside elements, the skin is vulnerable premature aging. In fact, UV radiation is the single major factor responsible for skin aging. Photo-aging involves the premature aging of skin due to cumulative exposure to ultraviolet radiation. This results in the appearance of fine and coarse wrinkles, dyspigmentation (“age spots”), and loss of elasticity. Fortunately, photo-damage can be partially prevented and reversed with proper sun protection and various prescription medications and interventions. Contact NP Luxe Esthetics to find out how we can help you prevent and reverse the signs of photo-aging.


Skin Aging