Remove the Scars of Adolescence with Chemical Peel Treatment in Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mukilteo, Mill Creek, Everett, Washington May 17, 2011 Any person that suffers from the scars of adolescent acne can begin the journey to recovery with a Chemical Peel Treatment in Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mukilteo, Mill Creek or Everett, Washington at Le Visage Wellness Center & Spa in Mukilteo. This is not a decision to be made lightly. Understanding the process and the potential risks is the better part of valor for any process that alters your appearance – even if it is for the better! The chemical peel does exactly what its name implies – it chemically peels layer of your skin to allow new, fresh skin to grow back. Arming yourself with all the facts will help allay some of the fears behind this seemingly barbaric method of improving your complexion. The process has been proven effective time and again – most patients would definitely do it again and are extremely satisfied with the end result! How Chemical Peels Work As stated previously, chemical peels remove layers of older skin to remove in this case, acne scars. As the largest organ in (Okay, on) the human body, our skin sheds cells every day. As those cells are shed, new skin replaces it on the surface. Chemical peel treatments work in conjunction with this natural process by speeding up the ‘shedding’. As most acne scars only affect the top layers of the skin, you will likely see improvement after just one treatment. With deeper scarring you may require additional treatments. Never exfoliate your skin prior to a chemical peel treatment! Choosing the Right Acid Peel Depending on your skin type, color and damage, your esthetician will determine which peel is best for you. Chemical Peel Treatment in Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mukilteo, Mill Creek, Everett, Washington include: Salicylic Acid The primary ingredient in aspirin, salicylic acid is the most gentle chemical peel offered by Le Visage Wellness Center & Spa. If your skin is prone to irritation, you should definitely opt for the salicylic acid peel. This is not the peel of choice for darker complexions as it will cause hypopigmentation (skin lightening). Glycolic Acid A natural acid, derived from sugar cane, glycolic acid peels are considered the most popular choice. The alpha hydroxy acid (fruit acid) is often used to remove rust from metals in lower concentrations (10%). At the concentrations of about 50%, which is what facial peels are comprised of, are actually considered hazardous materials. Never fear – the esthetician is highly qualified in the proper use of all acid peels. As one of the mildest chemical peels, it may take several sessions to achieve the desired result. Lactic Acid Responsible for the burn felt in your muscles, lactic acid is another alpha hydroxy acid. Similar to glycolic acid, lactic acid is usually used in combination and generally takes several treatments to achieve desired results. Combination Treatments To achieve the most effective results with minimal side effects, Le Visage Wellness Center & Spa offers a combination of the three acids – salicylic, lactic and glycolic. Reaping the benefits from all 3 chemicals, the mixture is applied carefully by our qualified esthetician and left on your face for a predetermined period of time. Washed off with clear water, you may look as though you have a sunburn on your face. Healing and Potential Side Effects Generally, it will take your skin about 7-10 days to completely heal – about the same time as a serious sunburn. During the healing process, it is essential that you protect your skin with at least 30 SPF lotion – and strongly advised that you continue with sun protection forever. Considering the years you’ve suffered with those acne scars, the minimal side effects are well worth the results! By having your Chemical Peel Treatment in Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mukilteo, Mill Creek, Everett, Washington at Le Visage Wellness Center & Spa, you are assured that every precaution is taken to make your experience as comfortable as possible. Send us your before and after photos!