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What is Your Skin Condition

Today we need to take a minute & determine your skin’s condition & type.

This will help us when we are building your regimen and to see if peels are a good option for your needs.

You most likely already know you’re type but let’s go through them.

  • Normal – not too oily or too dry. Very balanced.
  • Dry – skin is always feeling dehydrated, tight or is mildly flaking.
  • Oily – within a short time of washing the skin is shining again. Possibly slick.
  • Combo – different skin conditions in various areas. Ie. Slick forehead and dry cheeks.
  • Sensitive – Rosacea

Why do we need to know this?

Your skin condition can have a big affect on the acid that you choose to use.

Normal skin will handle acids very well. We just need to keep the skin balanced to have a great outcome.

Dry skin can have an uneven uptake. The first challenge is to balance the layers of the skin. Even out the dryness so everything is smooth.

Some people are only dry because of products they are applying – or, they are being too aggressive with scrubbing or other acids.

Oily skin will handle acids very well. The most care needs to be taken immediately prior to applying the acid. Deep cleansing and possibly multiple passes with a prep solution.

If your skin is exceptionally sensitive, a chemical peel may not be the best option for you.

No worries! There are plenty of daily products such as enzymes and acid serums that may work better.

Here is the key lesson:

It is particularly important to balance out your skin prior to applying a peel – if you can. 

This is where the correct daily regimen comes in. Granular scrubs and exfoliating sponges are actually NOT the way to prepare the skin.

We want to use topicals that will chemically even the layers.

Products like retinoids and acid based cleansers will help to evenly remove excess dead skin buildup – and leave you with a smooth surface that is primed for an acid application.

Some of you may already be using products that can do this. Perfect. In case you aren’t though, let’s keep learning.

By understanding what you are wanting to work on, we can now be more specific with our acid needs.

So, let’s move onto one more important factor we need to check off our list before doing a peel series.

We need to get your skin in the best condition possible before peels.

It’s time to prime.

See you in the next lesson

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