Barrier Boosting: Supporting Skin Health

Written by Carl R. Thornfeldt, MD
Skilled and seasoned skin care professionals and dermatologists regularly get asked how to turn back the clock on visible skin aging. The biggest encouragement is simple: use a daily regimen of barrier-boosting products, apply sunscreen daily, and do not neglect often overlooked areas of skin like the neck. More attention has recently been given to the importance of a healthy skin barrier, including its role…
The term exfoliation includes mechanical instruments or instruments that administer substances, such as brushing machines, microdermabrasion, and granular scrubs. There are various chemical and enzyme exfoliants available. This is an overview of exfoliating agents pertaining to chemical peels, the precautions, and pre- and post-care of skin. {mprestriction ids="3,4,5,26,18,6,7,8,9,14,18,43,44"} CHEMICAL EXFOLIATION Chemical exfoliation involves the use of destructive compound agents that control-wound skin by dissolving the…
Although chemical peels have been around since ancient Egyptian times, when peel instruction in medical and aesthetic textbooks took hold in the 1980s, much has changed today. Aggressive peels were being used globally by the early 1900s, and in the 30s and 40s, women from the Eastern Bloc settled in New York, New York and Los Angeles, California where they opened practices specifically to peel…
According to most medical practitioners, the goal of a chemical peel is to remove a predictable, uniform thickness of damaged skin, which subsequently allows for normal wound healing and skin rejuvenation to occur while simultaneously minimizing complications, such as scarring and unwanted pigmentary change.1 {mprestriction ids="3,4,26,18,6,7,8,9,14,18"} PHYSIOLOGICAL CONSIDERATIONS One of the most important preliminary practices for the application of a chemical peel is to qualify…
Exfoliation is the new cleansing step. Just as quality cleansing removes dirt, oil, and makeup, exfoliation goes a little deeper to rid skin of critical factors which advance the signs of aging and affect skin health. Over the last decade, clinical research has shown that the cumulative impact of environmental factors like pollution particles, ultraviolet rays, blue light, chemicals, and urban dust accelerate a loss…

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