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Spa Treatments with A-Peel

Regardless of your age, you may have heard the buzz about facial peels and microdermabrasion. It sounds painful, but what's the real story behind these spa mainstays? And is it safe? There are two ways to undergo the processes: at home or administered by a certified esthetician in a spa, plastic surgeon's or dermatologist's office. The most thorough - and most expensive - processes are done professionally. For a facial peel, chemicals are applied to the face and then removed. The chemicals should be tailored to your skin type, taking into consideration any allergies or skin conditions that you have. Peels are used to minimize the effects of sun damage, acne and acne scars, and fine lines. The mildest peels contain alphahydroxy acids, which are present in many over-the-counter skincare products. The strongest ones might contain phenols, highly concentrated antioxidants.
After a peel treatment, clients are usually advised to avoid the sun or apply strong sunscreen, as skin is much more sensitive. The treatment is not a quick fix; light flakes and scabbing can occur a few days after a peel, but overall, it usually leaves skin more radiant and smooth for an extended period. Microdermabrasion is a slightly more invasive procedure in which a technician or dermatologist uses a special tool that blasts skin with tiny crystals, then vacuums up the used crystals and the dead skin and impurities that the crystals reveal. The treatment targets specific areas of discoloration, acne and signs of aging. Scrubs are available over the counter for a fraction of the cost of treatment by professionals - most simply require the user to smooth the cream over an area of skin to exfoliate and draw out impurities. Many contain special moisturizers that make it a one-step process. Ask your dermatologist if either of the processes is right for you.