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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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Proper preparation of the skin will mean the difference between a great peel and an average peel. This step readies the surface of the skin by reducing lipids to ensure absorption of the peeling solution. Although the prep varies by client and peel treatment, three steps should take place for most clients.

  1. Cleanse. All great treatments begin with proper cleansing. The goal is to remove all surface residue and create a very clean surface without agitating or stripping the skin.
  2. Granular scrub. This optional step provides a second phase cleanse and begins surface exfoliation. Not all skin types require it, but when appropriate, a scrub will lift away dead surface cells.
  3. Subsurface prep. This is a must-do! Degreasing fats and lipids is vital to a successful peel. A variety of pre-peel solutions may be applied depending on the client’s skin, such as fruit acids, L-lactic acids, alcohol camphor solutions—and the list continues.

Following any corrective procedure that uses acids or intense enzymes, a post-care plan is absolutely essential. The purpose of a post-care system is to support the skin, encourage proper healing and eliminate complications.

Although the post-care will vary by client and type of treatment rendered, some good support and skin-building ingredients include shea butter, occlusive salves, epidermal growth factors, omega-6 essential fatty acids, and a mineral-based sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30.

Be indispensable

A thorough understanding of peels unlocks the mysteries of this nonsurgical alternative. Although peels are considered advanced skin rejuvenation treatments and do require proper training, skin care professionals who offer them have more tools at their disposal to create specific results for their client’s skin. Continuing education classes and workshops that focus on corrective skin care are available. Look for advanced classes and workshops with paramedical courses and master programs, as well as online videos, DVDs and books. Education is absolutely essential in this industry and, if the line being used in the treatment offers advanced learning, it’s a great place to start. Trade publications and websites are also valuable tools. The ability to fulfill clients’ needs and offer specialized services will make you indispensable and set you apart from the competition.

Rhonda Allison is the founder and CEO of Rhonda Allison Cosmeceuticals and RAW Skin Care for Men. She is also an author and internationally known speaker with more than 30 years of esthetic experience and can be contacted at 866-313-7546 or via e-mail at

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