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An ongoing series of informational entries

Skin Peels 101: Enzyme

September 23,2016

Melissa Berry


It's peel season!!  Peels can sound pretty scary if you've ever seen an episode of the Real Housewives where someone's face looks like it's been boiled off, but peels you can get in a med spa or a day spa really aren't like that.  Here's some 411 on enzyme peels:


Enzymes are organic proteins that accelerate chemical reactions.  They're very natural, typically coming from fruit acids like papaya, pumpkin, blueberries, and pineapples.  In our stomach, they help us digest food.  On our skin they break down the top layers of the skin that consist of mostly dead cells.  Enzymes speed up the process of sloughing off dead skin and result in softer, smoother skin.  They're gentle on the skin and can be used on any skin type, even sensitive and skin with rosacea.  They're excellent to keep skin from becoming clogged and having the cells turn over in a healthy time.  So, feed your face!

Skin Peels 101: Lactic

October 14th, 2016

Melissa Berry


Part Deux.  Lactic peels are quickly becoming a go to peel for many skin types and conditions because of its gentleness and effectiveness.  Lactic is in a family of the AHA peels, and because of its larger molecule, it does not penetrate very deeply, making it gentler and safer for sensitive skin.  Lactic is hydrating, making it wonderful for mature skin.  In concentrations over 4%, lactic also lightens the skin, so its a great treatment for hyperpigmentation.  Lactic is best done in a series of treatments, since it is used in a lower concentration.  3-6 sessions are very typical to produce the results wanted by most people, and last a significant amount of time.  As a side note, most lactic peels are derived from berries and other fruits, so having lactose intolerance is not a contraindication for these peels.