Light to Medium-Level 40% Alpha Beta Combination Peel
WHAT IS IT: Our Alpha Beta peel contains both Salicylic acid and Glycolic acid. Glycolic Acid is a naturally occurring chemical belonging to the Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) family. Derived from sugar cane, this important AHA is the smallest of the fruit acids and is able to penetrate the skin.
Salicylic acid, a common beta hydroxy acid, has been used for treating acne for decades. In fact, acne treatment remains the primary use for beta hydroxy acids. Its effect on the epidermis and upper dermis are similar to those of prescription Retin-A, but with less irritation. It is soluble in oil and can exfoliate oily skin areas, even within oil-rich pores. Therefore, it has a beneficial effect on acne, pigmentary disturbances, and sun damaged skin.
WHAT DOES IT DO: This peel will dissolve the 'glue' that holds dead cells on the surface of the skin. Dead skin cells are what cause a dull, uneven skin tone, and the blocking of pores leading to blackheads and acne. This dissolving action of the Glycolic Acid allows the dead cells to slough off, leaving behind a smoother skin surface with clear pores. This also helps stimulate collagen formation to plump up the skin from beneath.
HOW DO YOU USE IT: These peels are repeated every three weeks and your purchase provides enough peel solution for approximately 4-5 months worth of peels. Your skin will feel softer, look smoother, with improved texture and tone and reduced signs of sun damage. With a peel of this strength, a full course of peels (8-10 peels) are needed to see optimal results.
You'll receive a 30ml (1fl oz) bottle of each medical-grade peeling agent (2 bottles total, 2 oz total). Step one of the process applies salicylic/lactic acid at pH 4. Step two applies glycolic acid with pH 1.
WHY USE A 40 PERCENT COMBINATION PEEL: This peel is one step up from our 30 percent alpha-beta peel. It can retexturize the skin, restoring the radiance of your youth. These easy to use peels combine the benefits of both the AHA's and BHA's, with little to light peeling at the 40 percent concentration.
WHAT TO EXPECT: There will be some redness right after the peel, and possibly some light peeling in the days to follow. This is still a light-level peel and does not require considerable downtime.
OTHER INFORMATION: Because it does exfoliate so well, it has recently been added to formulations for chemical skin peels. Our 40 percent Alpha Beta peel is a light peel and is suitable for all skin types and both beginning and experienced peelers. There may be some redness right after the peel, but generally there is not much if any actual peeling. At 40 percent, these acids are very safe when used as directed, but they are professional strength (pH 1) and should be used only as directed. As with all products, a patch test is recommended to see how your skin reacts to the peel. The use of sunscreen is essential to obtaining the results you are looking for.
Chemical peels should not be used on any sensitive areas of the body, including but not limited to the underarms and groin/genitals.