The epidermis is subject to constant environmental and biological wear and tear. As a result, dead cells of the outermost skin are continuously shedding. Regular exfoliation heightens the metabolic rate of cellular renewal and prevents the development of many age-related skin irregularities.
The intricate process of cellular renewal may be visibly seen on skin’s surface, but what is not seen is the delicate balance of cellular activity and rejuvenation happening just below the surface. The stratum corneum is 20 to 30 thick rows of keratin, about 0.04 millimeters to 1.5 millimeters thick, and is continuously shedding and replacing itself.
By removing dead keratinocytes from the surface of skin, a brand-new generation of skin cells rise from below to form the genesis of building skin health and beauty. Biological desquamation and professional physical exfoliation function beautifully in concert with each other to increase the production of collagen, elastin, proteoglycans, hyaluronic acid, and other substances inherent in skin regeneration.
HOW IT WORKS
A peel involves the application of an enzyme or acid to skin to remove and exfoliate the outer layers of dead cells so that a clear, more evenly pigmented, hydrated layer of skin can appear on the surface. When hardened keratinized cells are stimulated to release, new cells rise through the hair follicles, which decongest the pores to help resolve excess oil and rid the pores of bacteria. Deep peels are instrumental in the stimulation of fibroblasts that help to create new collagen. Regenerated skin cells are smoother and less creased with lines and wrinkles. Depending on the desired results and the level of peel being applied, the solution can be repeated weekly, bi-monthly, or monthly, and in combination with other procedures with varying degrees of layering. This process is referred to as a series of peels.
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Lyn Ross, L.M.E., is the founder and CEO of Institut’ DERMed Clinical Skincare, Med Spa and College of Advanced Aesthetics. A licensed master aesthetician, Ross is an accredited aesthetic instructor with over 40 years of experience in the field of aesthetics. Throughout her career, Ross has treated thousands of patients and has worked with the top plastic surgeons and dermatologists in Atlanta, Georgia. She has been committed to bridging the gap between aesthetics and medicine for over 30 years and continues to be instrumental in influencing the exploding medical spa industry with both her hands-on technical training and solid business experience.