Chemical peel vs Laser & Microdermabrasion
You are likely familiar with Chemical peels, Lasers and Microdermabrasion- some of the best known skin resurfacing procedures out there. You likely also have a preference and all because you know what works best for you.
In this article however, I wish to let your mind wander for a moment- getting the advantages and disadvantages of each of the three including costs, availability, after effects, downtime and the like and in the end, I hope you will have your finger pointed at one. To begin with, lets define the three skin resurfacing regimes; -
This is a body treatment, by use of chemical solutions to take care of unwanted skin botches and irritations or dead skin among others. There are three major types, used depending on the severity of one’s skin/ facial condition. The three are Superficial peels (which are the most common, safest and popular), Medium peels and Deep peels. Chemical peel usage is the safest of the three mostly owing to its relatively low (and in some cases NO) downtime.
Here, a laser is used to wound the skin and remove tiny layers of skin from the body for good effect. There is another, non-abrasive laser procedure but which comes with even much less effectiveness that can be used so people who take up laser often go for the abrasive resurfacing which also results in significant downtime. One significant disadvantage of this procedure as opposed to chemical peels for example is that when applying it, skin in areas of the neck, chest and hands are best avoided. This is because the skin around this area doesn’t heal as fast as the other, which will leave the person’s entire skin looking patched up at these areas.
In microdermabrasion, tiny and rough grains are applied to the skin to remove its upper layers. There are different creams and treatments that have incorporated this solution for safe microdermabrasion and can be found in saloons or medical centres and pharmacies.
It has been found to be a cheaper alternative to laser, plastic surgery and botox injections. Its results are very good and it is becoming- along with chemical peels- the treatment of choice for Hollywood celebrities and other businessmen or ordinary people wishing to get a facelift.
All three are safe when administered with care and caution but there’s a greater price to pay for ignorance- most often severe damage to skin. To that, while professionals generally agree that all three methods have safe outcomes, the individual needs of a person’s skin will likely require that she chooses only one and not two or three of the lot. Chemical peels for example are the most universal (applicable on very many skin types and conditions) compared to laser and microdermabrasion but even then, the deeper the peel, the more care needed.
Chemical peels remain the most popular though, because unlike microdermabrasion (with which they share the most properties), the chemical peel is the most dynamic and some options have been known to be even user adjustable. Case in point would be our very own fruit peel where a user can just add their fruit of choice to the peel and they are good to go.
Laser resurfacing and microdermabrasion options- especially the latter- might be safe, but their outcomes are what require the greatest attention. Because both procedures remove old skin and leave new skin to develop, there’s a need for protection from sunlight especially right after the procedure. This is also necessary for some chemical peels, especially medium and deep peels. To that, there are also peels that offer sun-protection.
The biggest point here is this; it would appear that there are three safe options, all of which are highly used and recommended by people with some of the finest skin in Hollywood and beyond. However, understanding your skin’s requirement post resurfacing should be a key factor to which of the three options you will go for.
Consider this too; you will more likely than not need a chemical peel to correct a bad laser resurfacing job if any.
Also, you will likely need a chemical peel to correct a bad day at the dermatologist’s office or the results of a poorly applied microdermabrasion and you will also likely need a chemical peel to correct a bad chemical peel application!
The end result of this all is that it would seem that beauty worldwide today seems to lean more towards the application of chemicals to the skin and this, while good, can have its fair share of side effects.
To begin with, deep peels tend to take too long to heal and a person can’t be able to resume her duties for weeks. Same to medium skin peels and to a very much (even negligible) less extent superficial peels.
That the chemical peels come in boundless variety is its biggest argument against the above disadvantage because its diversity allows professionals to recommend very specific treatment to different skin types. There are lots of treatments which report no downtime.
Also, the ability to treat more skin problems than just texture and balance would explain its much wider usage especially as laser and microdermabrasion are much more limited.
Chemical peels are known to be applicable to acne, rosacea, sun damage, sun protection, wrinkles and fine lines among a myriad of other conditions. Laser and microdermabrasion on the other hand will be mostly applied to fine lines and wrinkles as well as sun damaged skin.
The people who have had successful skin resurfacing procedures have all mostly had the benefit of having experienced people supervising and advising them or have looked up reliable information from the web. It is not valuable to the skin to apply something that may cause irritations.
Professional assistance and advice is highly recommended for cases that require resurfacing especially if it will be Laser resurfacing and/ or microdermabrasion. A chemical peel may offer extra flexibility, but it too will need some professionalism in application anytime.
It is a question that perhaps few people have taken into account while choosing skin peels yet they then wonder why same said peels worked on Jackie and Linda and not them. Perhaps it would help to seek advice from a pro before making a choice- or perhaps more conveniently read through as we tackle one of the many variations that should be taken to account when choosing skin peels- Age.
You might know by now that skin peels have varying degrees of intensity- across all three types. That intensity level will determine the effect of the skin peel.
Skin peels have various recommendations, because the experts who make them know exactly how much of it the skin can take. The skin of a bubbly youth for example is made of much sterner stuff than that of a seventy year old, because the human skin tends to grow thinner as a person ages meaning there’s only so much resistance it may offer when up against a formidable peel.
In short, peels are designed mainly with skin thickness as a priority consideration so youths’ peels may not be very friendly to old adults.
Glycolic Acid (GA) peels have become popular among young adults (ages 17- 30) owing to its anti-aging and skin brightening properties. Additionally, Glycolic Acid is known to be relatively light. It is got from sugarcane as well as grapes and serves to fight acne. GA also exfoliates and hydrates the skin. It is usually packed in concentration of 6- 10% as superficial peels but this concentration can be increased even up to 70%, levels that qualify it for deep peels, which are very damaging to mature skin. The percentage level of concentration is thus very important to consider when determining the age of the skin. Low levels are always recommended- at least for the start, irrespective of skin maturity and concentrations above 10% must have a neutralizer to follow.
Determination: Folks older than 35 years of age, use concentrations between 6 and 10% but not more, unless advised and supervised by a consummate professional. People younger than 35 can use stronger concentrations of GA.
Another skin peel worth a look is the Salicylic Acid peel. Like the aforementioned Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid (SA) comes in different concentrations that determine its application. SA is used to oil breaking skin as well as skin exfoliation. It is also used against acne and at a very successful rate.
Because SA works by burning the skin’s top layer, mature skin- which is very thin- is not very good for it and as such is majorly applied on young adults whose skin can take it. Concentrations range between 10- 30% for most treatments. Young adults generate new skin layers every 28 days, so the skin burnt off by the peel will certainly be restored. Mature people on the other hand, while generating new skin, are not sure how long it would take for the new skin to develop.
Determination: While this is not to say that mature skin must never have SA applied to eat, this is to say that SA is much more favourable to youthful skin (below 35) since they have thicker and healthier skin. Percentage to apply must be determined by a professional after checking your viability.
Lactic Acid, derived primarily from milk is also a popular skin peel which is friendly for many skin types- at the right percentage concentration. Best for especially dry and sensitive skin, lactic acid can be used to fight acne and aging among other benefits. Because it doesn’t penetrate the skin as deeply as say- Glycolic Acid, we can say that LA is that little bit friendlier on mature skin. The similarities between LA and GA are very many so where the youths could use GA, the old folk could substitute it with LA of even over 5% for awesome results.
The above and many more peels may be applicable to all age groups but as you have likely noticed, the decider lies largely on the concentration of any of the above acids, as well as others not yet stated. To understand what is the best skin peel for your age, it is worthwhile to check your skin type. Sensitive skin- as previously stated may need a different acid and/ or concentration of a particular acid as opposed to normal skin.
Most skin peels today come with mixtures of all possible acids in scientific efforts to use skin peels as solutions to some stubborn skin conditions like acne and skin breakage. In so doing, they tend to balance different acids into a single package. Superficial peels- which are the bulk of the skin peels on the market today are the best consideration for mature skin.
Owing to low penetration into the skin, the thin skin on mature people gets to benefit fully from exfoliation and hydration properties while not risking prolonged skin breakage or cancer.
On the other hand, youthful skin can take in deeper penetration, such as medium or deep skin peels. The thick skin layer and quick skin turnover mean that the youthful skin can recover much faster from skin burn (most skin peels burn the skin literally) and even generate new skin.
In short, if you are 35 years and below, using medium or deep peels is an option you can consider- but with strict doctoral advise while if you are above 35 years of age, you might want to play safe and only deal with superficial peels, whose effects are rarely harmful.
Skin peel products are coming out each day, but in the meantime, you need to understand the importance of age as regards application. Glycolic, Salicylic and Lactic Acid have proven to be very friendly.
With all that said however, it is strongly advisable to seek professional help before buying skin peels as these peels have been known to cause blindness or even death.
Make safe choices. Cheers!
Melasma treatment in dark-skinned patients
Melasma, a common but puzzling case of hyperpigmentation disorder (blotchy skin, light to dark brown macules on sun beaten body parts) which continues to disrupt the quality of life despite intensive research does have some remedies especially chemical peels which have registered some positive results in clinical trials. Since Fitzpatrick ckin types IV to VI (darker tones) are harder to treat, it follows that its chemical treatment is also rarer but can be anything from glycolic and lactic acids that have proven to be safe and inexpensive to Phytic solution- a solution which unlike Alpha-Hydroxy peels doesn’t require neutralization. The peels to use are very important for maximum results but a specialized treatment is still quite far away but for now, we look at a few treatment options.
ETIOLOGY AND PATHOGENESIS
A case of excessive pigmentation that has risk factors like UV radiation and genetic predisposition and negative effects on pregnancy, thyroid disease, oral contraceptives and drugs such as antiepileptics. This condition is thought to be caused by melanocytosis and melanogenesis.
Melasma has three facial patterns: Mandibular, Centofacial and Malar. It also has three histological patterns- identified according to location of accumulation. Dermal, epidermal and mixed.
It has therapeutic options, from photoprotection through topical hypopigmenting agents to lasers and chemical peels to agents such as the Green Herb skin Peel, fish oil, deoxyarbutin and green tea. Most times, it requires a combination of agents for optimum results.
MELASMA TREATMENT IN DARK SKIN
Dark skin may offer better sun protection and photoprotection but its faulty response to cutaneous injuries due to increased melanocyte makes it a risky candidate for chemical peels or lasers. It has Post inflammatory Pigmentation (PIH) tendencies, whose management is important in treating melisma in dark skin.
Chemical peels are applied to the body to remove excess melanin from the body through controlled chemical burning to the skin. Peels can act as sole agents or with other therapies. Seek professional advice.
Peels for dark skin are much fewer due to the risk of prolonged hyperpigmentation. Below is a list of possible peels. Remember that chemical peels generally treat the mixed and epidermal melasma only.
Alpha hydroxy peels
- Glycolic acid is the most common alphahydroxy peel and is used mostly in strengths of 30-70% and applied at 2- 3 week intervals to the face for 3- 5 minutes each time. A 1% bicarbonate solution or water is used to neutralize the peel. The peel is then neutralised using water or 1% bicarbonate solution. Glycolic Acid has always left moderate but efficient results on ethnic skin with the epidermis showing best results. This peel has also been compared to lasers and topical hypopigmenting agents.
- Lactic acid, is another alphahydroxy acid which despite being similar to Glycolic Acid in many ways and being inexpensive, is not used as extensively as its availability suggests it should.
Alpha keto peels
Pyruvic Acid, a dynamic keratolytic with sebostatic and antimicrobial properties is the best known of alpha keto peels. It’s good for acne, superficial scarring and photodamage. It also stimulates collagen plus elastic fibres. Its intense burning makes it unpopular though. Its efficacy on ethnic skin is however still subject to debate.
Beta hydroxy peels
Salicylic acid is the most famous of Beta hydroxyl peels, used traditionally against acne but also to decrease pigmentation disorders such as melasma. Ethanol solutions found in this acid are optimized for work on dark skin at a strength of 20-30%. Being anti-inflammatory, it decreases PIH and whitening effect on skin. A new salicylic acid with fatty chain called lipohydroxyacid has been introduced with a more targeted action mechanism and enhanced keratolytic effect. The stratum corneum is modified by it so that it becomes more flexible and resistant to such things as cracking and wrinkling.
Salicylic mandelic acid peels
One of the largest alpha hydroxyl acids, it is a combination of betahydroxy and alpha hydroxyl acids and penetrates the skin uniformly but slowly. This makes it good for sensitive skin and the combination of acids makes it ideal for dark skin. It also treats acne and post acne scarring with much less side effects.
Trichloroacetic acid peel
Only a low concentration of TCA (10-35%) must be used for dark skin owing to risk of scarring as well as post-peel dyschromias. Frosting, the after effect of TCA can cause the lead to overtreatment. At low concentration, this peel reaches the upper papillary dermis and is not recommended for treating mixed and dermal forms of melasma.
A combination of salicylic and lactic acids, resorcinol and ethanol, Jessner’s solution- combined with TCA makes for a very uniform penetration. The combination of jessner’s solution with 15% TCA has been found to better and more effective than an only 15% TCA solution.
Research on this peel is still ongoing as regards its effects when used in combination in Kligman’s formula against the result if used alone and it is not yet determined without doubt if the combination is better than the single. What is known however is that their mechanism of action are similar to topical tretinoin especially as regards changes in the epidermis plus melanin dispersion. Multiple lab tests in dark skinned patients found 1% Tretinoin to be equal to 70% glycolic acid peel and with minimal side effects.
While traditional peels continue to rule the roost, newer peels are being explored to cater for increasing complexities as well as the complicated issue that is melasma. Peels like the aforementioned phytic acid peel come to mind. Having a low PH, it doesn’t need neutralization and all the application complexities that come with the process such as side effects or no shows for results. Phytic peels are to be applied once a week although two times in a week is also possible if faster effects are needed. It is very good on dark skin although evaluation is ongoing.
The Obagi blue peel, also a new peel comes with a composition of TCA together with blue peel base which contains saponins, glycerine and non-ionic blue base. Significant improvements will be found in melasma lesions within four weeks- usually after.
Another newer peel is the Green herb skin peel, Used to fight hyperpigmentation, acne, fine lines and wrinkles. This peel is applicable to dark skin, using salicylic acid, this peel leaves a lasting impression on skin inside five days with improving radiance by the day. It sheds of the hard outer layer of skin and allows a fresh one to grow, revealing a wonderful skin glow.
Antioxidants in the form of Amino fruit acid peels have also been recently added. They are anti-aging cosmetics that fight photopigmentation. There have been studies on light-skinned people but not yet on dark skin.
USE OF PRIMING
Priming is important to prepare the skin for peels to avoid side effects such as PIH. Priming agents help to ensure uniform penetration of the peel used and speeds up the healing process of the skin as well as maintaining the effects of the skin after it peels. Priming involves applying topical depigment agents like tretinoin, hydroquinone and Glycolic acid about two weeks before the planned peel. Studies have shown MASI falls in patients using 2% hydroquinone as for priming, much different from those receiving 0.025% tretinoin serving as an adjunct using 10-30% TCA peels.
Chemical peels temporarily remove cutaneous melanin without using the either of the processes melanocytes or melanogenesis. This system helps to avoid relapse or recurrence after treatment of melasma especially on dark-skinned patients. Its therapeautic approach is appropriate in multiple chemical peels sessions such as 5-6 times at intervals of two to four weeks. This is best if supported by additional maintenance using bleaching agents such as kojic acid, hydroquinone and tretinoin.
Chemical peeling is advancing greatly towards providing more varied solutions to dark skinned patients where they previously had a very small pool to choose from. It is good to note that there are very many peels that come up daily, but then not all of them have been thoroughly researched on especially in relation to their efficiency on dark skin. Glycolic peels have proved to be the best in safety, efficacy and availability. Lactic acids are inexpensive and available while also showing tremendous results although further experiments are needed. Phytic solutions might eventually replace hydroxyl acids owing to the unique properties it has. TCA peels will, as always continue to be used cautiously for the time being especially on dark skin but either way, in the end, the choice of peel to use will depend on efficiency, availability, downtime, and use.
Which skin peel is best for me?
Comprehensive Skin Peel Guide
Choosing which skin peel is best for you is not an easy task. Once you start researching it, you will find there are many to choose from. Please see below our Comprehensive skin peel guide. The guide is sectioned into three parts; Superficial (light) peels (no downtime) Medium peels (sometimes has downtime) and Deep Peels (always has downtime – sometimes very extensive)
|Superficial peels (light)|
|Glycolic Acid Exfoliator 10% (pH 2.0)||Exfoliates the skin, treats comedones, evens skin tone, smoothens skin, treats sun spots.||No downtime|
|Glycolic Acid Peel 30% Light Peel (pH 1.7)||Reduces wrinkles, fine lines, photodamage, encourages production of collagen. Removes bumps and blotches.||No downtime|
|Glycolic Acid 10% Daily Exfoliator 2oz||Taken from natural sugarcane, removes dead skin cells, keeps young skin from showing damage, daily exfoliator.||No downtime|
|Celebrity Peel Glamour and Hyaluronic Serum||Unclogs skin pores, smothens skin texture and brightens tone, stimulates collagen. Reduces acne, fine lines, discoloration and makes skin soft.||No downtime|
|Salicylic Acid 10% Light Peel Kit||Reduces acne, fades redness and removes blemishes. For first time users only. For oily, combination and acneic skin.||No downtime|
|Glycolic Acid 30% Light Peel Kit||Minimal peeling and irritation, keeps young skin from showing any damage, maintenance tool for post deep peels. Improves tolerance levels of sensitive skin, treats sun damage. Use perfectly on dry skin, and hyper pigmentation.||No downtime|
|Salicylic Acid Peel 10% Light Skin Peel (pH 2.4)||For congested and sensitive skin. Reduces acne and dark spots.||No downtime|
|Salicylic Acid 2% Exfoliator (pH 2.6)||For blemishes and oily skin. Can be used as a pre-peel to open skin pores, stimulates production of collagen. Treats ingrown hairs, excessive sebum production and improves skin appearance.||No downtime|
|Tea Tree Clarifying Duo Kit||Treats acne and removes excess oil from the skin. Has a nice scent.||No downtime|
|Alpha Beta Light Peel Kit||Increased cell turnover, light- medium peeling. Reduces oil, improves pore function, increases collagen production, increases moisture retention and exfoliates clogged pores. Treats fine lines and wrinkles as well as acne.||No downtime|
|Alpha Beta Daily Exfoliator Kit||Reduces oil, improves pore function, exfoliates comedones and clears skin of blemishes and scars.||No downtime|
|Salicylic Acid 5% Exfoliator 2oz||Reduces acne, fades redness and removes blemishes. For first time users only. Controls oils and clears pores.||No downtime|
|Becker MD Ultimate Active Moisture Pack||Dry skin therapy especially for winter, instant hydration and anti- aging protection. Uses natural squalane.||No downtime|
|Vitamin D Anti Aging Serum||Boosts elasticity of skin, increases collagen production, reduces dark spots, anti- aging plus increased skin radiance.||No downtime|
|Lumirance All Eyes Duo||Reduce fine lines, treats puffy eyes, rejuvenates the skin, moisturizes skin.||No downtime|
|Arganatural Shea Argan Body Lotion||Moisturizes skin. For soft and supple skin. Contains no harsh chemicals. Replenishes dry skin.||No downtime|
|Refinex Micro-Dermabrasion Pro Collagen Treatment||Boosts collagen, clear complexion, smooth and firm skin, skin rejuvenation and enhanced treatment. Hydrates all skin types and an anti aging agent.||No downtime|
|Sun Shield Moisturizer SPF 30+ Anti-Aging Peptides||Anti-aging moisturizer, protects skin from the sun, for all skin types including oily and dry skin.||No downtime|
|18Actives Anti-Aging Kit||Improves skin texture, hydrates skin, nourishes skin. Moisturizer. Anti- aging properties.||No downtime|
|100% Pure Hyaluronic Moisturizer 2oz||Nourishes and moisturizes skin. Anti-aging properties, tissue hydration. Can be used as a post peel product and treats acneic conditions. For all skin types.||No downtime|
|Glycolic Cleanser||Removes dead skin, renews and rejuvenates cells, removes environmental pollutants and any make-up residue.||No downtime|
|Jessner Solution Daily Exfoliator||Excellent for men, reduces oil production, treats discoloration, refines skin texture, removes scaly and rough skin and treats eczema or psoriasis. Do not use on dark skin.||No downtime|
|Fruit Enzyme Micro Scrub||Exfoliates uppermost skin layer, brightens complexion, boosts collagen, increases cell turnover and moisturizes skin. For all skin types.||No downtime|
|Alpha Light Skin Bright Microdermabrasion||Evens skin tone, slows and reverses darkening or discoloration and removes unrequired epithelial cells.||No downtime|
|Brightening AHA 10% Kojic Daily Exfoliator||Evens skin tone, boosts collagen. For lighter and brighter skin as well as modification of exfoliation routine.||No downtime|
|Anti-Stress Bath & Shower Gel||Tackles stress, cleans and hydrates the skin. Also soothes and relaxes the skin.||No downtime|
|Aromatherapy Face Oil||Tightens enlarged pores, normalizes and smoothens the skin. Comes in types for dry, oily, combination and sensitive skin.||No downtime|
|Aromatic Moor||For tackling fatigue and stress, aches and pain. Heals and renews skin.||No downtime|
|Basil Organic Pure Essentials Oil||Stimulates and increases circulation, heals insect bites and refreshes the skin.||No downtime|
|Cedarwood Organic Pure Essential Oil||Relieves stress and anxiety. Fights congestion as well as exhaustion.||No downtime|
|Cinnamon Organic Pure Essentials Oil||Combats muscle spasms, rejuvenates and renews skin and also combats pain and body aches.||No downtime|
|Chamomile Organic Pure Essential Oil||For itchy skin and alergic skin conditions. Optimized for dry skin and brings a calmness to the user.||No downtime|
|Clarigel Exfoliating Cleanser||Removes skin impurities, refreshes the face and clears all bacteria. For facial use only.||No downtime|
|De-Aging Saltmousse – Mango-Passion Fruit||Removes skin impurities and toxins, absorbs negative ions and smoothens the skin.||No downtime|
|Age-Defying Marine Collagen Cream||Anti-aging, sun protection, softens wrinkles and fine lines, replenishes and hydrates the skin.||No downtime|
|Balancing Combination Skin Cream||Absorbs excess oil from the skin, hydrates skin, sun protection and refining skin pores. Optimized for combination skin.||No downtime|
|“C” Évolutive Eye Gel||Treats puffy eyes and decongests eye zone. Refreshes and rejuvenates the eye contours.||No downtime|
|lumafirm Repair Cream Lift & Glow||Brightens and smoothens skin complexion to deliver maximum radiance to the skin. Uses peptides.||No downtime|
|SpaTeen Blemished Skin Cleanser||Clears skin blemishes, exfoliates and refreshes the skin||No downtime|
|Hydrating Sunscreen SPF 30||Anti-aging, sun protection and hydrates the skin.||No downtime|
|Your Skincare Solution Safe Sun Face & Body Kit||Fights melanoma, offers sun protection. It exfoliates, preserves and hydrates the skin. Recommended for air travel||No downtime|
|After-Sun Soothing Gel||Sun protection, soothes and desensitizes the skin.||No downtime|
|VÍZ-1000||Hydrates skin, restores youth, reduces fine lines and rough skin texture. Replenishes skin moisture.||No downtime|
|New Oilless Oil 100% Purified Squalane||Anti-aging moisturizer, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, increases hydration and radiance to the skin. It’s odorless and got from sugarcane. For all skin types.||No downtime|
|New Neuroliquid Volufill Youth Serum||Reduces wrinkles, rejuvenates the skin, stimulates collagen, retains moisture in skin.||No downtime|
|FIRMx Growth Factor Extreme Neuropeptide Serum||Firms and brightens the skin, restores skin elasticity and evens skin tone. Reduces fine lines and wrinkles.||No downtime|
|Laser-Free Resurfacer||Regenerates and renews over exposed skin. Evens skin tone. Reduces redness, fine lines and wrinkles.||No downtime|
|Camu-Camu Power C x 30 Vitamin C Brightening Serum||Improves collagen, brigtens skin, evens skin tone, reduces fine lines and wrinkles. Firms the skin.||No downtime|
|De-Spot Skin Brightening Corrector||Reduces dark spots and discoloration and helps to mask effects of aging.||No downtime|
|Retinol Fusion PM Night Serum||Improves skin tone and texture, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, refreshes and renews skin.||No downtime|
|Sheer Liquid SPF50 Anti-Aging Sunscreen||Anti-aging, sun protection, moisturizer and applicable to all skin types.||No downtime|
|Ultra-Lite Oil-Free Sunscreen SPF 30||Moisturizes and nourishes skin, sun protection and prevents uneven skin coloration.||No downtime|
|Max All Day Moisture Defense Sunscreen Cream||Moisturizer, sun protection and skin hydration||No downtime|
|Retinol Fusion AM moisturizer SPF 30||Fight wrinkles, offers sun protection, regenerates and moisturizes skin. Reduces skin pores and evens skin tone.||No downtime|
|Preview Uber-dry face SPF 50 Anti-aging Sunscreen||Prevents sunburn, reduces signs of aging, decreases risks of skin cancer. It is oil, paraben and fragrance free and for all skin types.||No downtime|
|15% TCA Chemical Peel||Good for those starting to use home peels. For skin resurfacing and various other skin problems like wrinkles, acne and fine lines. Improved skin tone and pigments. For best results, do between 6-8 peels a month.||No downtime|
|20% TCA Chemical Peel||Can be used where the 15% TCA peel has not delivered satisfactorily to reduce wrinkles and fine lines, improve skin tone and pigment and reduce acne. Not suitable for dark skin, pregnant people, people with a past scarring problem, people with herpes, those using accutane, or are immune impaired.||No downtime|
|Alpha Beta Medium Peel Kit||Dramatic peeling as well as cell turnover. Reduces oil, exfoliates comedones, improves pore function, increases retention of moisture and reduces discoloration.||40 minutes|
|TCA 15% Medium Peel Kit||Corrects skin flaws, rejuvenates skin, reduces wrinkles and fine lines. Single time treatment for some while others will need to undergo every 90 days apart(2-3 treatments each time) for maximum results. Should be used for any residues of superficial treatment.||Results are within 3- 6 weeks|
|Salicylic Acid 20% Medium Peel Kit||Removes blemishes, facial oils as well as acne. Removes aging cells, increases collagen production and stimulates new cell production.||3- 5 days|
|TCA 10% Light Peel Kit||Corrects skin flaws, rejuvenates skin, reduces wrinkles and fine lines. For face, neck and hand areas. Single time treatment for some while others will need to undergo every 90 days apart(2-3 treatments each time) for maximum results. Should be used for any residues of superficial treatment.||Results are within 3- 6 weeks|
|Glycolic Acid 50% Medium Peel Kit||Treats sun damage, evens skin tone, treats hormonal acne. Increases collagen and elastin production and removes dead skin cells. Removes clogged debris from skin pores.||3- 5 days|
|Celebrity Peel Glamour||Combines Glycolic, Salicylic and TCA peels. Moisturizer is to apply immediately after a skin peel. Reduces acne, improves texture, reduces fine lines and discoloration. For all skin types and tones.||No downtime|
|TCA 5% Daily Exfoliator||Treats flaky skin, sun damage, ageing signs, hormonal acne, discoloration, uneven skin texture. Used mostly by people alergic to Alpha Hydroxy Acids. Not recommended for scarring removal, tattoo or stretchmarks removal. Use sparingly on sensitive skin.||No downtime|
|Celebrity Peel – Premiere||Rejuvenates aging skin, lightens discoloration, melasma, acne. Renews skin texture, diminish wrinkles, as well as stimulates collagen. Combines Glycolic acid, salicylic acid and TCA||No downtime|
|TCA Latte Peel (Reformulated!)||Rejuvenates and tightens skin, removes wrinkles and fine lines, can be reapplied immediately after peeling. Great for both new and seasoned skin care users.||No downtime|
|TCAloe Cleaner||Kills all bacteria, removes dead skin cells, reduces acne. Gentle application (using fingertips). Best used alone and never during APEEL treatments. For all skin types.||No downtime|
|TCA Correcting/ Expeditor Cream Peel||Skin hydration and exfoliation, tightens the skin as you begin to peel, great for alternating peels for maximum exfoliation.||No downtime|
|TCA Cross Method Kit||For use by Estheticians to remove facial pock marks due to acneic conditions.||No downtime|
|Perfect TCA Complex||Causes the skin to release excess collagen, increase skin firming, repairs skin cells without causing trauma.||No downtime|
|Glycolic Acid Peel 50% Medium+ Peel (pH 1.3)||Evens skin tone, encourages elastin and collagen growth, rejuvenates dull or rough skin and removes pore-clogging debris.||10 minutes|
|TCA Peel 20% Peel (pH 0.8)||Treats mild or acute acne, blotchy complexions, fine lines and wrinkles. Recommended for only acid tolerant people (experienced users)||5-7 days|
|Glycolic Acid 50% Medium Peel Kit||Treats sun damage, evens skin tone, treats hormonal acne. Increases collagen and elastin production and removes dead skin cells. Removes clogged debris from skin pores.||3- 5 days|
|Salicylic Acid Peel 20% Medium Peel||For inflamed acne vulgaris, uneven skin, fine lines and wrinkles as well as blothcy skin.||Complete peeling in 5 days|
|TCA Peel 10% Peel (pH 0.9)||Lightens and brightens the skin, tightens skin and registers minimum flaking and peeling. Reduces acne. Not for broken or blistering skin||40 minutes|
|Deep Peels||General description/ Application||Downtime|
|Croton Oil Peel||A skin rejuvenating peel, takes care of skin resurfacing. Use for tighter skin, less wrinkles and less skin pigmentation problems.||Procedure takes 1- 2 hours and requires 5- 10 days of recovery.|
|Alpha Beta Deep Peel Kit||Dramatic peeling as well as cell turnover. Reduces oil, exfoliates comedones, improves pore function, increases retention of moisture and reduces discoloration.||40 minutes but best results after 10 days.|
|Salicylic Acid 30% Maximum Peel Kit||Reduces oil, improves acne prone skin, removes aging cells, cleans clogged pores, increases collagen production and rejuvenates skin.||4- 7 days|
|Deep Strength 25% TCA Peel||Treats deep acne, wrinkles, superficial residue, sun damage, scarring and pigmentation issues. Perform 2- 3 times and keep treatments 4- 6 weeks apart.||Results are within 3- 6 weeks|
|Glycolic Acid 70% Maximum Peel Kit||Turns over dead skin cells, rejuvenates the skin, produces collagen and elastin. Evens skin tone, reduces wrinkles and removes sun spots. Leaves smoother and tighter skin. For experienced users only.||1 week|
|Salicylic Acid Peel 30% Deep Skin Peel (pH 2.1)||For severe acne, oily skin, excessive comedones and sun damage. Improves skin tone.||3- 5 days|
|TCA Peel 30% Peel (pH 0.8)||For photodamaged and hyper pigmented skin, acneic conditions, removes deep wrinkles and fine lines||7-10 days|
|Glycolic Acid Peel 70% Deep+ Peel (pH 1.1)||Reduces skin pores. Treats chronic disorders like acne, evens skin toe, clears blemishes|
|Perfect TCA Peel (deep peel) 1 oz||For facial resurfacing and rejuvenation. After complete skin peeling, wait between 7- 10 days before incorporating other skin treatments. Not for dark skin tones.||60 minutes, though you won’t look top notch for another 48 hours.|
|Botox Peel||A purified protein that is injected into body muscles to reduce facial and neck wrinkles. Also treats crow’s feet and lines around the mouth. Fading wrinkles starts within 24 hours, continuing for the next 5- 10 days and lasts 3-4 months.||No downtime|
|40% (+) TCA peel||Used to treat deep wrinkles, acne and other skin problems.||4-5 weeks|
Flawless Skin is not just for the rich and famous
8 STEPS to the perfect summer skin
How would you like to walk around this summer with no make-up on and feel confident?
Have the sun shine its bright light directly onto your complexion and you wanting to show it off! NO MORE HIDING
- Drink 2 litres of water per day – Skin wont shine if its not hydrated from the inside
- Make a green smoothie each morning. To have great skin, your digestion must be working well and the best way to do this is to start off everyday with a green smoothie (see further down the page for more information on green smoothies)
- Use sunscreen all the time. Especially if you are a skin peeler. Skin peels are great as they keep the upper dead layer of skin away that makes your complexion dull and leathery. But skin peels reduce your protection from the sun. SPF is a MUST!
- Never go to bed with makeup on. Wash your skin every night. Use a microfiber wash cloth as it is a great exfoliator. I get mine from the supermarket for 2 dollars and I LOVE them
- Do two Green Herb Skin Peels before summer (each kit includes about 10 peels)
- Use our Flakey Skin Remover twice a week
- Moisturize well. You don’t need to spend a fortune on moisturizers. I’m currently using BIO Oil which I’m LOVING. Its perfect for winter as the heater dries my skin out. I was afraid for a long time to use a oil as I thought it would make me shiny. But its a dry oil and its really is DRY. Its amazing
- Optional last step – use a brightening serum (see further down the page for more information on which serum for you. Or I can send you a recipe to make a home made brightening serum from the Green Herb Lotion included in the Green Herb Skin Peel kit)
I have a green smoothie every morning and mostly it depends on what I have in the fridge. But the base I always use is to add one lemon (peeled), a knob of ginger and some fresh mint (I don’t always have the mint) But the combination of those 3 things along with things that are sweet gives a great ‘tangy’ flavour.
So along with the above I add greens (spinach, kale, lettuce)
With fruit (apples, oranges, berries, pineapple, watermelon)
If the fruit I have is not really that sweet, I add a few dates (seed taken out) Dates are a great natural source of sweetness and fibre.
Things to add that are great for nutrition:
Powders are great to use if you want an extra boost
Coconut water is a great addition.
If it’s too thick, I add any juice I happen to have in the fridge.
I get lots of ideas from the Vitamix Facebook page (Vitamix is the best investment you can EVA make!) https://www.facebook.com/VitamixCorporation
This is a recipe for the original Famous Green smoothie https://www.vitamix.com/Find-Recipes/G/L/Glowing-Green-Smoothie (I love Kimberly Synder https://www.facebook.com/KimberlySnyderCN)
This is a great link about smoothies http://www.elizabethrider.com/how-to-construct-the-perfect-green-smoothie/
Homepeel Brightening Serum
- One teaspoon of organic coconut oil – solid
- 10 drops of Homepeel’s Green Herb Lotion
- Heat coconut oil so that it goes to a liquid
- Add the 10 drops of Homepeel’s Green Herb Lotion
- Stir well
- Put straight into a freezer so it goes solid
- Take out as soon as solid (don’t leave to freeze)
- Mix it up again so its soft , but still a solid. Make sure it is WELL mixed
- Place it in a sterile jar or small container with a lid
- Don’t do more than 1 teaspoon at a time – fresh is best
- Put on after cleansing at night
- You can put all your usual on top
- If you use this serum – it’s important to have regular GOOD exfoliation going on otherwise your skin might get congested
Celebrities and their skin peels
You may have noticed that Hollywood celebrities are ageless lately; the things that skin peels can do. You see, these days it is only the teen stars that we can see growing up, usually because they need a few extra inches of height. The grown- ups however are a different story.
The use of skin peels of various types for various needs ensures that Hollywood celebrities never lose their mojo. Joan Rivers recently turned 80, but then if she wasn’t one of the few women who actually disclose their real age, we wouldn’t know. Her skin peel regimen has made her as young as ever- perhaps 50 years of age? That would be more realistic. She has shed off over 30 years and backed it all up with incredible strength where others her age would be slowing down.
Wonder how Joan Rivers pulls it off? As astounding as it may seem, she just knows her way around chemical peels and their different applications, how to choose a skin peel, and all those beauty tips all over the internet. Of course you might want to argue that she has a highly paid team of beauty advisors and stylists but then again don’t you stop to wonder where this team gets the clues? Everything is on the internet. Discover more about peeling at home and give Joan Rivers a run for her money.
The stress of Hollywood; constant cameras and lights mean that whoever wants to succeed on the fast lane will always need to put on their game face. Jennifer Aniston, at 43 is no Joan Rivers but she would certainly spark a bar brawl on her own if she strolled in. At her age, she looks ever younger and has been able to act in movies as a much younger person due to her looks. Lucrative contracts keep flowing, mainly because she pays attention to face peel routines. Jennifer Aniston has gone through skin peel, chemical peel and face peel routines in an attempt to stay young and fresh and to that end we would say she succeeded. She might also have her own team of stylists, but it would be a safer bet to say she gets her tips from the internet- like the rest of us lesser mortals.
At the end of the day though, chemical peels are affordable to the average person.
You might still wonder what all the fuss is about; yes you know Joan and the magic of her agelessness and Jennifer Aniston’s unending youth but you still don’t know how they get to that point. Well, we are here to help, and you are certainly at the right place.
Skin peeling is used specifically to keep our skins in natural shape by eliminating burns from over exposure to sunlight and removing any skin pigment changes. It is a beauty procedure that is widely gaining prominence not least benefiting from the looks that famous people especially from Hollywood sport so often. Celebrities like Joan and Jennifer above, as well as Angelina Jolie and Halle Berry have managed to keep their stunning looks because of their skin peeling regimens. You would think that the stress of keeping up appearances would take their toll on them but they keep looking younger and younger. This is how this chemical peel routine works;
There are three types of peels; -
- Superficial peels, where Glycolic acid is used on the skin mainly because it is mild. The chemicals used here do not penetrate the skin too much and it is carried out on mild cases of skin burn or pimples. It is also a procedure that usually precedes deep peels as we shall see later.
- Medium peels; – Here, it is not glycolic acid in use but trichloroacetic acid. This chemical peel penetrates the skin a little further than in superficial peels and is used to treat skin burns at a higher degree than superficial peels. The procedure can be carried out from home.
- Deep peels; -This is a procedure that is carried out on the most enduring skin problems. They penetrate several skin layers. A chemical called phenol is often used to complete this procedure.
Your doctor can help decide what home peel you could use (yes, home peeling is all the rage now owing to convenience) depending on your health and skin history.
So, there we have it; Hollywood is no stranger to chemical peels. They astound us with their enduring beauty and astounding youth, yet it is because they take an extra effort to look after their skin. Why don’t you take the time and read through our material. Find out more about peeling at home and get on the fast lane. Okay then, lights, cameras, action.
Trying to win the war on blackheads!
Skin peeling solutions are mostly known to be anti- ageing solutions but this is a misconception. There are other reasons why skin peeling or chemical peels can be useful. You have probably seen those tiny and annoying tiny black spots on yours or another person’s face many times and thought they are here to stay, well, not exactly. Chemical peels can actually fix the problem but first, what are blackheads?
A blackhead, also called a comedo is essentially a clogged pore in the skin. Oil which is produced in the sebaceous glands causes blackheads and is found mainly in teenagers because this oil production increases during puberty. The more oil produced, the more blackheads can spread.
Some skin products and chemical peel can cause blackheads, especially those that block skin pores. This means you will certainly want to choose your skin products and chemical peel carefully. The idea is to avoid blocking the skin pores. There are some oil-free and water-based skin products that can be used, as well as face peel that help to open up the pores a little. You can read about our skin resurfacing solutions for more information and feedback about them.
Genes also play their fair bit in the development of blackheads. It is common in Africans and African-Americans for example but much more visible in white people, especially because the stark contrast in colors. This means whites might want to apply a few face peel solutions much faster than the blacks.
It is important to avoid picking at blackheads (as is common in people with stress and anxiety) because doing so might worsen the condition and make the blackheads spread. Contrary to popular belief, food or dairy products do not cause blackheads and may be consumed at will, unless someone is trying to prevent anything else other than blackheads.
Despite these various causes, blackheads can be contained and treated. It only depends on the mode of treatment. Let’s get this fixed- shall we?
- Exposure to ultra violet light or sunlight will help the skin to peel, and therefore unblock pores. However, too much exposure of the skin to sunlight can also cause skin cancer and skin burn. Skin burn would be treated using skin peel products to restore it to previous state, or even better condition.
- Some researchers say that harnessing a virus that naturally preys on skin bacteria would be useful in the fight against blackheads. If the virus only deals with the skin bacteria, it might not pause a health risk to the host but studies on this are inconclusive and ongoing.
- More natural solutions would come in the way of mixing lemon juice with salt, honey and yoghurt to create a face scrub. Alternatively, you could mix lemon juice with milk or with rose water to achieve the same effect.
- Honey, green tea, turmeric, baking soda, corn meal and Epson salt all offer natural treatment for blackheads.
The options are multiple, and you may be proud to know that all these and other solutions are readily available. You might also want to know that much more effective than all the above would be skin peel.
Skin peels help not only to smooth the skin, but also to remove such unwanted features like blackheads from the skin to give it that refreshing, youthful look.
There are three main types of skin peels, but the most relevant one would be the superficial skin peel.
Here, Glycolic acid is applied to the skin and penetrates only a few layers of skin. It is used to remove blackheads, clean out burns from sun exposure and any other pigment changes on the skin. It is the most used method of skin resurfacing because of its relatively quick and easy application.
The other type of peel doesn’t use glycolic acid, and is called the medium peel. Using trichloroacetic acid (TCA), this method serves to remove stubborn pigments from the skin as well as blackheads. This peel penetrates more layers of skin than superficial peels and is generally preferred in cases that can’t be treated by the mild superficial peel.
The third and last type is the deep peel, where a chemical called phenol is used. This peel penetrates multiple layers and can also be used to remove stubborn pigments. Blackheads aren’t too stubborn so consulting a doctor before using this peel would be very useful.
Home peels are very preferred, especially because of convenience and we provide that service impeccably well. We offer advice on different face peels and their applications.
Black heads can be irritating and make even the most beautiful people lose confidence in themselves, but chemical peels can prove to be useful if applied by experts, and we have them aplenty at www.hompeel.com.au
Ten myths about Skin Peeling
The perceptions of a Skin Peel can stop individuals from having this safe and effective procedure done. You may have your own idea of what a skin peel involves and you may have heard others talk about harsh chemicals and the damage it can cause. Below is a list of several myths and allows you to make an informed choice if you are considering this procedure.
1. You can only experience this procedure in a beauty salon
Skin peeling is a procedure that has been available for a number of years and is globally accepted as a means of reducing any number of skin problems. Due advanced technology and increased understanding of the chemicals utilised in the skin peeling procedure you are now able to safely and effectively complete the skin peel process in your own home. By completing this beauty procedure in your own home you are able to decide when you can fit the process into your own lifestyle.
2. Having a Skin Peel involves a harsh chemical process
There are a number of natural skin peel products available on the marker. Homepeel.com.au have an established and popular ‘Green Peel’. This product utilises a number of natural herbs within their peel that encourages the removal of dry, dead and weathered skin and promotes the new layer of undamaged skin to shine through and slow down the ageing process.
3. A Skin Peel is only to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
The benefits of a skin peel are numerous and yes, whilst it does significantly reduce the skin ageing process it can also be beneficial for the following skin complaints:
- Dry Skin
- Uneven skin tone
- Oily and or combination skin
- Open pores
- Sun damaged skin
4. Only women will benefit from a Skin Peel
Males too can experience skin problems which can severely affect confidence. If you are male and may be embarrassed to attend a beauty salon, then a skin peel is available for you at homepeel.com.au. Hompeel will be able to offer you a product that you can use safely in the security of your own home.
5. If you have sensitive skin a Skin Peel will cause you to experience significant irritation
It is true that some skin peels may be unsuitable for those with sensitive skin. However there are products designed for those with such problems. At homepeel.com.au there is a wealth of information available to you that can help you decide and make the right choice for your skin type. There are skin peels available that have can help reduce any possible skin irritations.
6. You need to buy expensive after care products
It is important that you maintain your revitalised skin and by applying aftercare products you increase the longevity of the benefits of your skin peel. Don’t forget that a skin peel increases the effectiveness of follow up beauty products. As you can see it is a cost effective and non-evasive beauty procedure. Non expensive quality aftercare products are available at homepeel.com
7. The procedure will be painful and you will experience reddened, sore and painful skin
The experience of a skin peel has been described as invigorating and refreshing. The type of skin peels you choose will influence the feeling and sensations you will experience whilst undergoing treatment. The strongest skin peel produces a tingling and a mild tightening effect and indicates that the skin peel product is working at removing the old damages top layer of skin.
Immediately following the procedure you skin will appear younger, more even and revitalised. The range available at homepeel.com ensures you are able to choose a product most suited to your needs.
8. You should not have a skin peel completed in the summer
You can have a skin peel any time of the year, however you do need to bear in mind that the newer skin that will be revealed following a skin peeling process will be more sensitive to the sun’s rays. This can be managed by the application of suitable sun protection or choosing a milder skin peel solution. Information about the seasons influence on choice of skin peel product is available on line.
9. You should only have a skin peel if you have a skin condition
It is true that skin peels were designed to address skin conditions including sun damaged and aged skin. Due to the development of different types of skin peel procedures a person only wishing to experience fresh and rejuvenated skin will benefit from this procedure. There is a range of products from mild to intense available at homepeel.com.au.
10. Skin peels require significant recovery time
With the advancement of modern technology the recovery time following a skin peel is significantly reduced. It is even more convenient if you complete the process at home. Immediately following treatment, you can continue with your everyday activities.
How Can I look Younger without Having Surgery?
Have you considered a skin peel?
If you would like to be able to look years younger and turn back the clock ten years and don’t feel you are yet ready or willing to have surgery, then a skin peel may be just what you are looking for!
A skin peel is a procedure whereby the dead skin cells are peeled away revealing brighter, fresher and new skin. Previously this procedure was only available in expensive beauty salons. However as the technique has become widely used and trusted globally, skin peeling is a procedure that you can complete in the comfort of your own home in your own time.
Homepeel.com.au is a company that produces skin peel products that only use the best ingredients and procedures to ensure your experience of a home skin peel is a positive one. Skin peeling at home is just as effective as visiting an expensive beauty salon, whilst cutting out the middle man and the associated costs.
There are a number of different ways to complete your skin peel and below we discuss what these different types are. In this article we help you decide which skin peel will be best for you. Homepeel.com.au, provides you with all the information you require to help you make an informed choice on this effective beauty procedure.
What is a Green Peel?
As the name suggests, this type of peel is 100% natural and the product created by homepeel.com.au only uses the purest and highest quality ingredients. This is an herbal infusion designed to produce the most amazing results after five days. The product is applied in your home and you are free to continue with your everyday life while the product is working to take years off your skin. The Green Peel works on the external layer of skin known as the ‘Stratum Corneum’.
By removing this worn and tired layer of skin you are able to allow your younger and much healthier skin the opportunity to shine through and wow your friends and family.
The Green peel procedure is fully described in a downloadable form from the website and accompanies the products that will be posted for you.
Glycolic Acid Peel
A Glycolic acid peels a chemical peel that is extremely popular and provides superb and speedy results.
If you want to see almost immediate results you may choose the glycolic acid peel.
The Glycolic skin peeling process involves removal of the layer of skin that has become dead, worn and damaged by everyday living. Following your face peel with Glycolic acid peel any products you use following this procedure will be super effective and again enhancing the fresh and rejuvenated appearance of your skin.
At homepeel.com.au, the Glycolic Acid peel uses the latest in technology to ensure you are delivered the highest quality products direct to your door where you can complete the procedure in your own home. All the instructions you require on completing this process safely and effectively at home are available to download and are included in your face peel package.
Salicylic Acid Peel
If you have sensitive skin you may prefer the salicylic acid peel. Skin peeling via Salicylic is known for reducing side effects for those who may have experienced skin irritation from previous procedures. By using the Homepeel salicylic acid product you will benefit immensely from its oil reducing properties, thus suitable for combination or oily skin.
If you feel you need a stronger skin peel then you may opt for the Salicylic Acid Peel. With this procedure you will be able to reduce any problems associated with acne. It enhances the products used for treating acne following this procedure. Furthermore it will reduce fine lines and enhance the natural effervescence of your newer skin that was hidden underneath outer weather damaged skin.
With homepeel products you are fully in control of the products you apply and with the advice and guidance available on the website you are your own professional beauty technician. Nobody else knows the skin as you do and you are able to make informed choices depending on your individual need.
By skin peeling you will be able to correct the following problems you may experience with your skin:
- Acne and associated scarring
- Fine lines and wrinkles that increase during age
- Damage from the sun including sun spots
- Decrease the visibility of uneven skin pigmentation
- Reduce uneven skin tone and reduce dark circles
- Rid your face of dry, oil or uneven skin tones
- Close or reduce the presence of open skin pores
The skin peeling process is made simple and convenient with www.homepeel.com.au. Visit the website for more detailed information on the positive benefits that a Skin Peel can bring to your life and your confidence. Let you natural beauty have the opportunity to shine through and allow it to enhance your confidence today!
5 Fantastic DIY Home remedies for spots!
Aspirin contains salicylic acid which is the number one ingredient used by the major brands to combat pimples. Make your own at home salicylic mask by crushing up 7 uncoated aspirin tablets. Add a touch of bottled water to make a paste. Then add one teaspoon of organic honey. Apply to face and leave on for about 15mnins. Rinse off
Milk is great for two reasons. First of all the fat in milk is a fantastic moisturizer. Secondly milk contains lactic acid which is a great ingredient to remove the dead skin cells from the top of your skin – which causes acne and pimples. Mix 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, 1 teaspoon of organic honey and enough milk to make a paste. Use as a face scrub for about 2 minutes then rinse off.
Oatmeal has wonderful astringent properties and has been used to combat pimples for centuries. It cleans up pores and sooths the skin. Blend ¾ cup of oatmeal with one cup of water and bring to boil. Let it simmer for about 2 mins. Let it cool then apply to face. Leave for about 20 minutes then rinse.
Toothpaste Contains sulfur which in some cases can be a great ingredient to battle pimples. Sulfur is very drying and can irritate so it is to be used carefully. Dab a small amount on the ‘pimple only’ and leave over night. Don’t repeat every night. Monitor and do only every second night. Pimple should dry up and disappear. Do not use toothpastes claiming to whiten or prevent plaque
Ibuprofen is a great ingredient to use when you feel a pimple coming on due to its anti-inflammatory benefits. It will also calm redness and irritation. Split open a liquid Ibuprofen capsule and dab on the pimple. Leave – don’t rinse off.