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Peel Away the Mysteries of Acids

By: Rhonda Allison
Posted: February 28, 2013, from the March 2013 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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Progressive peels. Typically the mildest course of treatment, progressive peels usually do not cause immediate exfoliation because they only remove the stratum corneum. Repeated services will create mild sloughing with cumulative effects. The result is a refining, mild peel with no downtime.

Best practice. Perform a series of three to six treatments one to two weeks apart.

Mid-depth peels. Mid-depth peels affect the intraepidermal layer with exfoliation occurring within two to three days of application. Rejuvenation follows little to no downtime. Peeling usually consists of light flaking similar to a sunburn peel.

Best practice. May be performed monthly for as long as needed.

Deep peels. Restore and renew skin with the most dramatic results by using deep peels. The skin undergoes considerable peeling rather than flaking, because deep peels affect the deepest intraepidermal layers. Typically three or four days after application, the skin may become temporarily brown and crusty. The entire process takes about seven to 10 days.

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