At Meridian Dermatology of Indianapolis, we offer our patients SkinMedica®, one of the fastest growing professional skin care brands in the United States. SkinMedica, Inc. is focused on developing, acquiring and commercializing products that improve the appearance of skin. SkinMedica markets and sells to physicians with a focus on aesthetics, both prescription and non-prescription skin care products. The company’s full line of aesthetic skin care products includes the revolutionary TNS Essential Serum® and hallmark TNS Recovery Complex®. The formulations in SkinMedica’s clinical skin care collection enhance skin appearance, reduce signs of aging and provide other skin care benefits. SkinMedica’s primary prescription product, VANIQA® (eflornithine hydrochloride) Cream (13.9%), is the only FDA-approved prescription product for the reduction of unwanted facial hair in women.
Patients can work with Dr. Gerstein in the Indianapolis office to select a recommended regimen based on your skin type and goals. The products which Dr. Gerstein represents are formulated to work with the selection of peels you can schedule to have in his office.
Not All Peels are Created Equal
Chemical peeling is not a new concept. Since the days of ancient Egypt, people have looked to chemical substances to rejuvenate the skin. The original chemical exfoliants were natural acids: During ancient spa days, nobles created beauty treatments from lactic acid (found in sour milk) or tartaric acid in red wine. According to legend, Cleopatra even bathed in sour milk to brighten her complexion.
Modern-day chemical peels utilize a variety of peeling agents—acids derived from natural sources, such as salicylic, glycolic or other alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) along with synthetic acids/agents like TCA (trichloroacetic acid) or resorcinol. Using different strengths of these agents helps target different layers of the skin, allowing practitioners to address a broad range of skin concerns. Cellular turnover slows as we age, and chemical peels aim to accelerate this process.
Most superficial peels require several treatments to achieve noticeable results and produce cumulative benefits with little risk. Our minimally invasive peels like SkinMedica® Illuminize Peel®, Vitalize Peel® and Rejuvenize Peel™ give the skin an improved appearance with more uniform color, smoother texture and have a short healing period of just a few days. In addition, the SkinMedica Illuminize Peel® produces minimal skin exfoliation to enhance the skin’s appearance while delivering a refreshed, healthy and more youthful look with no downtime.
Each type of chemical peel addresses a different degree of skin damage from mild skin imperfections to severe concerns, including the appearance of photo-damage, pigmentation, melasma, and acne scarring. The skincare specialist or physician will select the most appropriate chemical peel based on an assessment of the patient’s skin.
It is important to remember that the success of any peel depends upon the patient following all post-procedure instructions, including sun avoidance and the use of proper post-peel products.