exfoliation: what is it?

It may not sound glamorous, but removing dead epidermal cells (the outer layers of the skin) is essential to good skin care. Exfoliated skin is smoother and softer, follicle openings are cleaner, deep pore extractions are easier, cell turnover rate is increased, product penetration is improved, and blood flow and circulation are stimulated. Meaning: you will look and feel better!

mechanical vs chemical 

There are two types of exfoliation: mechanical and chemical. Mechanical exfoliation is a physical method of rubbing the dead cells off of the skin using abrasives. This can be as simple as using granular scrubs at home. Microdermabrasion is another form of mechanical exfoliation. Micrcodermabrasion uses a vacuum mechanism which stimulates cell metabolism while removing dead epidermal cells. Microdermabrasion can be used for sun damage, pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, enlarged pores and coarsely textured skin.

The second method is chemical exfoliation. In chemical exfoliation, chemical agents dissolve dead skin cells and intracellular connections. Chemical agents usually consist of AHA’s, BHA’s, TCA, and enzymes. The depth of the exfoliation depends on the product that is used and the training and experience of the skin care specialist. 

what should I choose?

A skin consultation is the best way to choose between microdermabrasion or chemical exfoliation. At Privy Skin Care we offer Crystal Free Microdermabrasion, and an extensive array of chemical/enzyme treatments by Rhonda Allison. Schedule your appointment online, or call for more information!