A: Before chemical exfoliation treatments, skin should be prepped using exfoliants. This will help remove dead skin cells so that the treatment can penetrate deeper in the skin. It is also a good indicator for how the skin may respond to chemical acids. If a client uses Renew Serum with Glycolic, Salicylic and Retinol and their skin sloughs, you know that client is going to respond very quickly to the chemical exfoliation treatment.
In contrast, if the client does not experience any tingling or sloughing, you know you can be a little more aggressive with the chemical exfoliation treatment. If the client has hyperpigmentation or is a higher Fitzpatrick number, then a lightening product is highly recommended to control hyperpigmentation and to start to actively treat the pigmentation. Using Lightening Serum with 2% Hydroquinone and Kojic Acid is very effective with hyperpigmentation pre and post treatment.
Super Serum and/or Peptide + Defense are products that should be used pre and post treatment to provide nourishing and healthy ingredients to the skin. During a series of chemical exfoliation treatments, the skin needs to be energized with antioxidants and healing ingredients.
After the treatment, the client may be red or irritated. In those situations or in case of a reaction Remedy Gel will provide instant comfort and relief. It should be on hand and the client should have immediate access to it if needed.
You may want to promote chemical exfoliation packages with retail products. That way the client understands the retail products and treatments work synergistically together. Alternately, you could add the cost of the products into the series and give the retail products to your client as part of the package. The results from chemical exfoliation treatments and retail products more than double the client's investment.
Q: What does "Chirally Correct" mean and why is it important?
A: A molecule is considered chiral if it differs from its mirror image. For example, hold out your hands in front of you. Notice that they are mirror images of each other. If you place your right hand on top of your left hand, you can demonstrate this difference. None of the features of your hands will line up when stacked on top of each other; though they have the same features, they are exact mirors of each other. This means your hands are chiral.
Certain ingredients in glo.therapeutics products are lab produced and will be made of 2 forms: Left (L for left) and Right (D for dextro). These ingredients are mirror images of each other, not exact duplicates. One side of the ingredient is more useful and beneficial to the skin, while the other side is useless. glotherapeutics only uses the purest, highest quality form, making the products superior in the results.
Acne is a condition that effects many:
There are 4 major steps to control and prevent breakouts.
1. Control oil production
2. Unplug the compaction
3. Rid of bacteria
4. Reduce inflammation
Breakouts have a lifespan of 2-4 weeks. The start of a regimen will treat existing, superficial lesions then move into preventing breakouts. A continued program will address the root of the problem and make the corrections before they are visual on the skin. Stick with your program for at least 8 weeks to see true results.
See our Clear Skin FAQ page for more information!
Q: If my client did not experience skin sloughing after a peel, was the treatment effective?
A: Yes. When a light chemical exfoliation treatment is performed you may or may not get skin sloughing. There are many variables that will contribute to the skin's response. If the client does not peel, the treatment is still effective. The use of home care products, different prepping methods and treatment options will affect the outcome.
Everyone responds differently to the acids and each acid has different properties. Try changing the chemical exfoliant to get a different response from the skin. The skin can become resilient to the chemical exfoliants so it may be necessary to "outsmart" the skin by changing the treatment.
There may be some clients who do not want to peel in which case you want to offer the option of a refreshing treatment without the downtime. Some clients will prefer progressive treatments versus aggressive treatments.
The time to wait in between each chemical exfoliation treatment will vary depending on the strength. The rule of thumb is to never peel a peeling skin. If a client is still peeling when they come in for their next treatment offer a facial or a enzymatic exfoliation to remove the dead skin cells.
The suggested frequency is listed for each protocol, located in the Resource Center.* Typically, the more superficial chemical exfoliation treatments may be performed every 7-14 days for a series of 4-6 treatments and followed by once per month maintenance. Deeper chemical exfoliants will be spaced farther apart, which may be once per month or once per quarter.
*If you do not have a login for the Resource Center, contact your local sales consultant!