In this SkinReading series, I'm going to give you a rundown of how Bioelements Ultra-Detox Chemical Surface Peels compare to traditional, ablative peels. This week, we're taking a look at acids. I'm going to discuss how our acid-hybrid formulas work invisibly to reveal results that are dramatic and immediate – without the burning, excessive peeling, or recovery downtime from peels formulated with a single, monster-strength acid.
Theirs: One monster-strength acid
Traditional chemical peels often have a high percentage of one single acid, which penetrates straight to the dermis to peel away the upper levels of skin. Wondering just how deep the dermis is? Think of scraping your knee: A fresh scrape reveals new, pink skin, that later starts to "weep" with skin crusting, scabbing, and even possible post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. The difference between a knee scrape and a monster-strength, single-acid chemical peel is that, with the peel, you also experience several uncomfortable, unsightly, itchy, skin-shedding days post-treatment. And we're talking about your face, not your knee here – so this recovery downtime can require you to go into hiding while the peeling and discomfort continue! What's more: traditional high-percentage single-acid chemical peels aren't safe for all Fitzpatrick skin types (Fitzpatrick refers to the range of skin types from very fair [Type I] to very dark [Type VI]). Because these monster-strength chemical peels cause an injury response down to the dermis, darker Fitzpatrick skin types that are more prone to post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation should avoid them.
Ours: Acid-hybrid formulas
Rather than assaulting the skin with one acid, Bioelements Ultra-Detox Chemical Peels coax the skin into shape with multiple acids, plus natural built-in buffers. These advanced, elegant formulas not only provide a completely controlled penetration throughout the epidermis, but also soothe and hydrate so there's no irritation, and no downtime.These peels dissolve dead epidermal cells, but because the particles are so small, they are invisible to the naked eye. It's non-surgical, non-ablative technology that works on a microscopic level – and are safe for all Fitzpatrick skin types.
Here's a more in-depth look at the superstar blend of acids:
Glycolic Acid: This is the smallest molecule in the formula, so it penetrates the deepest and most quickly, but doesn't pass the epidermis, so skin injury and downtime is never an issue. Glycolic Detox Charcoal Peel Level 2 contains 15% glycolic acid, while Level 3 contains 25%, making both of them ideal for resistive skin.
Lactic Acid:Because of its larger molecule, lactic acid has a shallow penetration relative to Glycolic Acid, so it provides a milder exfoliation that also heals and hydrates as it works.
Multi-fruit Acids: These extracts of exfoliating fruit acids penetrate the skin at varying levels to help buffer the exfoliation process.
Willowherb:With a natural form of salicylic acid, willowherb gently exfoliates as it buffers and soothes skin, discouraging redness and irritation.
Plus – Bioelements Ultra-Detox Chemical Peel formulas also feature activated coconut charcoal, to stimulate microcirculation and detoxify the skin, drawing out aging environmental impurities.
So there you have it! Monster-strength acid versus acid-hybrid + activated coconut charcoal – which would you prefer?
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