What Chemical Peel Is Best For Skin Types That Have Both Wrinkles and Breakouts?

Updated 4/10/16.

20% salicylic acid along with an exfoliating accelerator solution is best for skin type #2. A chemical peel using this ingredient will penetrate deep within the pores to reduce acne-causing bacteria and reveal clearer, smoother skin with fewer blemishes and congestion.

What exactly is a chemical peel? A chemical peel involves applying a solution (acid) to skin of the face to remove and exfoliate the outer layers of skin so that a clearer, more evenly pigmented, glowing layer of skin can appear. The new, regenerated skin is usually smoother with fewer visible pores and fine lines than the old skin. It is also beneficial for the stimulation of fibroblasts and creating new collagen. The new skin also is temporarily more sensitive to the sun, so daily use of sunscreen is a must. Depending on the type of peel, they are often repeated every 1-6 weeks to achieve the desired results.

How much downtime can be expected? All peels are NOT equal and depending on what percentage of acids are used, the length of time it’s left on the skin and what type of post-peeling solution is applied to the skin after will all determine how much or how little redness and peeling you will get. Even at its worst, the visible peeling can be minimized with our Pro Remedy Oil or a moisturizer. Most clients do not find it to be intolerable and do not need to modify their life to accommodate for the downtime. (Of course, you certainly wouldn’t want to get a peel a few days before your wedding or other special event.)

Immediately after the peel: the skin will be a little pink and the skin will appear slightly shiny.
The first two days after the peel: the skin will be only slightly pink and the skin will start to feel tight.
Days 4-6 after the peel: the skin will be dry, flaking and/or peeling.
Day 7 and beyond: the skin has a fresh, smoother and more vibrant look! You’ll love the results!

NOTE: If you want most of the dryness and flaking/peeling to occur on the weekend, then getting the peel done on a Wednesday is advised. If you want most of the dryness and flaking/peeling to occur during the week, then getting the peel done on a Friday or Saturday is recommended. At the time of your appointment, your esthetician will inform you of everything you need to know—especially how to care for your skin post-peel.

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From day one of starting my esthetics career back in the late 1980s, I learned how every skin is unique and the standard dry, normal and oily way of classifying skin was simply too generic for the clients I worked with. What dry, normal and oily represents is how little or how much oil your skin produces, and while this is important for determining how light or heavy a moisturizer needs to be, it doesn’t look at other important factors that are important to a person. These include brown spots or patches, redness, sensitivity, lack of a glow from poor circulation, all the various types of breakouts (cystic, pustular, papular)—and the list of concerns go on and on.

I believe there are nine different types of skin and it amazes me to this day that skin care companies can say their line is “suitable for all skin types” when all skins clearly have different needs. If you’re truly looking for results, it’s imperative that you understand your type of skin and treat it accordingly.

Do you have?…
-Enlarged pores and produce oil mostly in t-zone
-Skin that feels tight, irritated or sensitive when harsh products are used
-Skin that needs hydration without heavy oils or pore-clogging ingredients
-Occasional mild breakouts and cysts (weekly or monthly)
-Post-blemish red or dark scars that linger
-Clogged pores and blackheads
-The desire to have smoother and clearer skin with fewer breakouts and less visible lines
-Hypergpigmentation (may or may not have brown spots)
-Concerns about skin aging

If you are someone who wants clearer and smoother skin and have most ALL of these symptoms, then you are a skin type #2. If you have only some of these, but not all then you may be another skin type. Look at our nine skin types to find the perfect match for you.

Combination, blemish-prone skin in need of anti-aging requires a careful blend of non-drying, pore-clearing exfoliants with hydrating antioxidants and skin-brightening botanicals. This will bring a perfect balance to your skin. Ingredients like natural Elderberry, stable Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid and Salicylic Acid will reveal clear, healthy and radiant skin with fewer visible lines and wrinkles. The result? Beautiful skin by Renée Rouleau.

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  1. Hi Shannon!
    Read this blog below as it talks about how to incorporate our products with prescription retinoids.
    Click here > https://blog.reneerouleau.com/2010/07/are-you-using-retinol-based-products/

    As for Benzoyl Peroxide, you can use it on the night when you’re just using a regular serum (Skin Drink).

    Read the blog post and you’ll see what I mean. -Renee

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  2. Hi Renee,

    This is an exact description of my skin type! However, because I’ve had problems with cystic acne in the past, I’m on prescription topical treatments. How do you recommend using this system with those topical treatments (prescription strength benzyol peroxide and a retenoid)?


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