My Journey with Acne and Skin Treatments

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My Acne Journey

My skin journey has been a long one filled with various products, skin treatments, medications, and lifestyle changes. I know the dream answer to managing your acne would be one thing. Like there is this one product that will change everything or cutting one thing from your diet would fix it but it takes more than that. Acne is a more aggressive issue than that. I have had acne since I was about 12 years old. Growing up I knew that acne was genetic but now that I have gotten older I know that besides that the biggest cause of acne is your hormones. The most important thing to managing and getting rid of acne is being consistent AND never picking at them and turning them into acne scars.

Personally, I use the Obagi Clenziderm System which is for acne prone and oily skin. With oily skin, you want to use products that will dry out the excess oil like salicylic acid, retinoic acid, and benzoyl peroxide. Salicylic acid and retinoic acid work to unclog pores, retinoic acid also works to prevent breakouts and minimize acne and acne scars, and benzoyl peroxide works to eliminate the acne-causing bacteria. But remember, you will need a moisturizer to go along with these products. Even though salicylic acid, retinoic acid, and benzoyl peroxide are good to rid your skin on the excess oil and bacteria, they will dry out your skin. That’s why you absolutely MUST buy a good moisturizer. I would recommend either Skin Medica’s Ultra Sheer Moisturizer or Obagi’s Hydrate Luxe. Moisturizing will add the hydration back to your skin. Otherwise, when your skin dries out it will try to overcompensate, produce more oil, and result in you breaking out. The key is finding the balance between drying out the bacteria and acne but not too much so your body has to over compensate.

Favorite Treatments

Along with a great home regimen, consistent treatments such as peels, Microneedling, Dermaplanning, and acne-cortisone shots will be helpful. Microneedling and Fractional will also be effective for acne scars. Our Skin Medica Vitalize and Rejuvenize peels along with the Dermaplanning will help rid your face of the dead layer of skin, on your face. They will also help your skin develop new healthier cells. The Rejuvenize is a deeper peel that we recommend for people that have more acne and acne scars. It is more effective for tougher skin because it penetrates deeper in your skin. With the acne-cortisone shots, they are usually for huge individual zits. Our nurse practitioner will inject a diluted corticosteroid into the zit and it will start to deflate within a few hours. Like we’ve mentioned in our other blogs Microneedling and Fractional both work to resurface the texture of your skin. Microneedling will use microscopic needles to scratch the surface of your skin to promote more collagen production and soften the surface of your skin. With fractional, it is a laser that penetrates deeper into the skin and has a longer down-time than the Microneedling. Both treatments require a consistent home regimen to see the best results.

Don’t Forget About Proper Nutrition!

Last but certainly not least, a key aspect of minimized acne is the foods you eat and put into your body. Everybody’s body is different so if you really struggle with cystic and hormonal acne I would talk to a dermatologist or endocrinologist about the foods you should and should not consume. For me personally, I need to stay away from sugar and dairy but everyone is different. Everyone’s body and skin is different so try different treatments and products and see which combinations work for you!

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The Vitalize Peel Vs. The Rejuvenize Peel

The Vitalize Peel vs the Rejuvenize Peel from Neu Look Med Spa in San Diego, CA

Vitalize Peel

The Vitalize Peel is a chemical peel for smoothing fine lines and wrinkles. You will see noticeable results just after one treatment, but see ultimate results with three to six peels. The peel is absorbed into the skin and strips away layers of dead and dying skin cells, that many other peels don’t remove. The acting ingredients are lactic acid, salicylic acid and retinoic acid. The combination of all these acids work to remove dead skin cells. Retinoic acid is also used to boost new cell turn over to renew new vibrate skin.

The Vitalize Peel by SkinMedica - Neu Look Med Spa San Diego, CA

Who is The Vitalize Peel For?

The Vitalize Peel is appropriate for patients with mild-to-moderate skin imperfections that result from skin aging and sun exposure, such as fine lines and wrinkles, as well as uneven skin tone and texture. Vitalize Peel treatments also address skin unevenness that can be caused by acne scarring or other pigmentary changes. Therefore, the Vitalize Peel is suitable for all skin types.

The Vitalize Peel Process

The Vitalize Peel itself only takes a few minutes to apply and it will remain on you for 20 minutes. During the treatment, the chemical solution will be directly applied to the skin. Patients may experience tingling sensations as the solution is working. After the 20 minutes, of the solution on your face, the solution is neutralized and washed off. Even though the Nurse Practitioner washes your face off after the peel, you will be instructed to wash it off again when you get home. But the post-peel skincare regimen is dependent on your specific skin type. In the following days you will notice your skin peeling as the acids do their work and the dead skin starts to come off. You may not require any downtime and may be able to hide the peeling skin by moisturizing and your post-treatment skin regime

Like most chemical peels you can receive another treatment in just as little as four to six weeks. Multiple treatments may be required for optimal skin results. The number of treatments is individual to your skin appearance desires which you will discuss with your practitioner. The Vitalize Peel is most effective with a Skin Medica daily regimen. Don’t worry we will give you post peel step-by-step instructions with the products you need. Your post-peel regimen will include a sensitive skin cleanser, moisturizer appropriate for your skin type, and a sunscreen you must use daily.

What To Expect With The Vitalize Peel

Like everything else in life, human skin needs maintenance. The Vitalize Peel’s results will last as long as skin care is maintained, sun exposure is moderate and preventive aging with the Vitalize Peel is performed three or four times per year. It is imperative that in between treatments, skin care is maintained and optimized with an appropriate home care regimen designed for your skin.

It takes about four days after the peel for the skin to return to its normal pH and for you to see the final effects. The skin will look luminous and glowing. Your face will feel refreshed with slightly tighter skin, and hyper-pigmentation will be improved or gone, depending on the amount of damage. The texture of your skin will be improved with an overall more youthful appearance.

The results you can expect from the Vitalize Peel will transform your skin, especially if you do multiple treatments. Once the skin finishes peeling, improvements will become visible, however, the full results will take 4 to 6 weeks to appear. At that point the skin will look smoother, firmer, and clearer with a more youthful appearance.

Rejuvenize Peel

The Rejuvenize Peel is a chemical peel for smoothing fine lines and wrinkles, you will see noticeable results just after one treatment, and see ultimate results with three to six peels. The Rejuvenize Peel is absorbed into the skin and strips away layers of dead and dying skin cells, that many other peels cannot remove. The acting ingredients are lactic acid, salicylic acid and retinoic acid. The combination of these acids work to remove dead skin cells. Retinoic acid is also used to boost new cell turn over to renew new vibrate skin.

The Rejuvenize Peel by SkinMedica - Neu Look Med Spa San Diego, CA

Who is The Rejuvenize Peel For?

Each chemical peel is customized to your needs and lifestyle, so you will receive just the right treatment for your type of skin. The Rejuvenize Peel may work to stimulate collagen production, a protein that is responsible for the skin’s resilience, hydration and healthy glow. The Rejuvenize Peel is appropriate for patients with mild-to-moderate skin imperfections that result from skin aging and sun exposure, such as fine lines and wrinkles, uneven skin tone and texture. The Rejuvenize Peel treatment also addresses skin unevenness that can be caused by acne scarring or other pigmentary changes. The Rejuvenize peel permeates deep into the topmost layers of your skin. It thoroughly dries and agitates the visible layer of skin, causing it to flake away to reveal the younger, healthier and clearer skin below. The Rejuvenize Peel is formulated to seep deep into the skin in order to affect the most layers of old, damaged skin cells. It delivers surprising results after just one Rejevenize Peel without causing serious discomfort or requiring significant downtime.

The Rejuvenize Peel Process

The Rejuvenize Peel itself only takes several minutes to apply and it will remain on your skin for six to eight hours. During treatment, the chemical solution will be directly applied to the skin. Patients may experience tingling sensations as the solution is working. While the peel is applied at your doctor’s office you will be instructed to wash your face at home. And in the following days you will notice your skin peeling as the acids do their work and dead skin starts to come off. You may not require long downtime and you may be able to hide the peeling skin.

What To Expect With The Rejuvenize Peel

Peeling from Rejuvenize generally begins 48 hours after chemical application and may last up to five days. Allowing skin to peel on its own will prevent scarring. For maximum comfort during healing, patients are advised to use a gentle cleanser, moisturize, and ice your skin. In approximately one week, the skin will enjoy less fine lines and wrinkles, and the texture and color will gain clarity as well. Since results are cumulative, it may be necessary to receive more than one treatment. The more Rejuvenize Peel treatments, the better you will feel about your skin.

Like most chemical peels you can receive another treatment in just as little as four to six weeks. Multiple treatments maybe required for optimal skin results. The number of treatments is individual to your skin appearance desires which you will discuss with your practitioner. The Rejuvenize Peel is most effective with a SkinMedica daily regimen, which will be given to you by our staff. Your step-by-step post-procedure regimen will include a sensitive skin cleanser, moisturizer appropriate for your skin type, and a sunscreen you must use daily.

Edited by Gita Izadi, nurse practitioner

Vitalize Peel vs. Rejuvenize Peel

Vitalize Peel vs. Rejuvenize Peel

Chemical Peels at Neu Look Med Spa

Chemical peels (used at Neu Look Med Spa) are prescribed for many reasons. At Neu Look they can be used for all skin types and all ages after 18. The peels penetrate to a safe but deeper layer than microdermabrasion, other mechanical exfoliations or scrubs. Peels help to rebuild collagen we have lost over time and boost our cell turnover rate. The natural cell turnover rate for the average adult is 30 to 90 days and it is every other day for a baby or small child. That is why the skin heals so much more quickly when having an abrasion when we are children. The face feels and looks better only a few days after having a peel, leaving your face with a better skin tone, improved texture and overall, a radiant glow. Chemical peels are also used for correcting adolescent and adult acne by destroying the bacteria in the skin and drying up any active breakout. Receiving routine chemical peels can help to slow the signs of aging, and in some cases, reverse some of the present signs of aging.

The Vitalize Peel by Skin Medica

The Vitalize Peel by Skin Medica has a mixture of Lactic and Salicylic Acid and then it is layered under a Retinol complex – which is optional. Just because it is called a “chemical peel” does not mean you always physically peel. Some patients do not want to peel due to work or other obligations so leaving the Retinol layer out can help to prevent you physically shedding dead skin. Instead, the peel will work internally inside the dermis.

This peel can be expected to:

  • Help correct sun damage to a small degree.* Smooth fine lines.
  • Reduces mild scarring.
  • Smoothes rough texture.
  • Improves acne conditions.

It is unrealistic to expect this peel to remove or reduce broken blood vessels, eliminate deep wrinkles or redesign your natural pore size and shape. The pores will appear to be slightly smaller and more constricted post treatment but your pore size and shape is genetic. It is impossible to shrink them contrary to popular belief. You should wait 6-8 hours (a minimum of 2-3 hours) before washing your face after receiving your Vitalize Peel at Neu Look Med Spa. This particular one is self neutralizing. Any redness or sensitivity from the peel will subside within couple hours of the application and it will also take 48 HR for flaking to begin if you request the Retinol layer. The flakiness of vitalize peel is very minimum unless is used on someone with very sensitive skin or patient with darker skin. You can do a series of this peel and receive them every 3-4 weeks if you desire. You may also apply this peel to the neck and chest to improve fine lines and blotchy discoloration such as age spots.

The Rejuvenize Peel

The Rejuvenize Peel mainly targets fine lines and texture plus acne. This peel also has Salicylic Acid along with Mandelic Acid instead of Lactic Acid so it is a little stronger. You may also request to add a Retinol layer to increase your chances of physically peeling – but this is optional. This peel can performed in 3-5 week intervals and is best with a series of 3-6 peels.

This peel can be expected to:

  • Improve your overall skin condition.
  • Diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Smooth the skins texture.
  • Improve overall clarity of the skin (subsides the appearance of Acne).

The Cosmelan Peel

It is unrealistic to expect this peel to completely remove any deep set wrinkles or remove any dark spots that are deep. It can however help to address skin tone unevenness or scaring caused by acne. The Cosmelan Peel is the only peel to date that can help to reverse major sun damage and age spots. You should also wait 6-8 hours to remove the Cosmelan 1 mask. You may experience mild redness and sensitivity but this will not subsides as quick as other peels. You may also apply this peel to the neck and chest to improve fine lines, firming the skin and pigmentation.

A Few Words of Caution

Before your chemical peel you should avoid skin exposure to the sun and tanning. You should also discontinue the use of Retinol creams, AHA’s, Glycolic Acid, Vitamin C or Bleaching creams one week prior to your appointment. We at Neu Look will prescribe you a post-peel skincare regimen for your homecare to ensure the best and prolonged results of your treatment.

Book your chemical peel today at Neu Look Med Spa by calling 858-538-5665. Ask one of our highly trained professionals any questions you may have about which peel best suites you or about any other service we offer.

Edited by Gita Izadi, Nurse Practitioner

Chemical Peels

Chemical Peels in San Diego

Revitalized peel, before and after Juvederm treatment at Neu Look Med Spa and Skin Center

What is a Chemical Peel and How Does it Work?

A chemical peel is a skin treatment that rejuvenates the skin and an individual’s appearance by revealing vibrant and youthful skin.* A chemical peel works to remove the dead skin cells on the outermost layer of the skin, allowing the next layer of skin to replace the old layer. The old skin cells are removed by using a chemical solution, usually an acid of some kind, that creates a controlled wound in small areas of the skin. New skin will grow to replace the discarded skin, and this fresh layer of skin is healthier and fresher, resulting in tighter and more radiant skin.* A chemical peel also results in less visible wrinkles, blemishes, and fine lines.*

Types of Chemical Peels

Neu Look Med Spa and Skin Center offers three different types of chemical peels, giving patients a variety of options so they can find a treatment that best fits their needs. Each chemical peel offers different advantages and disadvantages, so make sure to consult with an expert as to which is best for you.

Skin Medica Rejuvenize Peel

The Skin Medica Rejuvenize Peel works to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, leaving the skin significantly smoother*. With a Rejuvenize Peel, results are visible after just one treatment, with optimal results seen after three to six peels.*

Treatment cost: $250

*Disclaimer: Every patient is different and will have varying results, benefits and levels of risk when undergoing treatment. The statements on this website do not guarantee results, benefits or levels of risk for any one individual.

Skin Medica Vitalize Peel

If you are looking for a chemical peel that works to get your skin positively glowing, the Skin Medica Vitalize Peel is for you. The Vitalize Peel helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and smooth out rough patches, giving you vibrant skin with little downtime.*

Treatment cost: $150

*Disclaimer: Every patient is different and will have varying results, benefits and levels of risk when undergoing treatment. The statements on this website do not guarantee results, benefits or levels of risk for any one individual.

The Perfect Derma Peel

Treat fine lines and wrinkles in just one treatment with the Perfect Derma Peel.* This peel also can help reduce the visible effects of hyperpigmentation, including Melasma.* The peel will also give, smooth, vibrant and fresh skin.*

Day One: The Peel solution should remain on the skin for at least 6 hours without touching, rubbing, or washing the area.

Day 2: AM Gently wash the area and dry. Vigorously apply the 1st Post Peel Towelette to the treated area. Let it dry. Sunscreen should be applied at least 30 minutes after the towelette. You can apply makeup. Avoid Sun Exposure during the process.

Day 2:PM 30-60 minutes before bedtime wash and dry the area. Vigorously apply the 2nd Post Peel Towelette. Leave the solution on overnight. If you are experiencing discomfort you can apply the Perfect Derma Moisturizer 2-3 times daily. Do not use any moisturizing products until peeling begins.
Avoid Sweating, sauna, steam rooms during peel process.

Day 3-6: After Peeling Begins apply the Perfect Derma Moisturizer /TNS Ceramide to the area 2-3 times a day. For patients with lighter skin use this moisturizer for 1-2 weeks/ for ethnic skin use this moisturizer 3-4 weeks. Do NOT rub, pick, pull the peeling skin. This can cause hyperpigmentation and scarring. Your skin will naturally flake off. Continue using an SPF 30 or higher sunscreen and avoid sun exposure.

DO NOT use any Retinol, Glycolic, Prescription Topical Products for at least 3 weeks after peel.
DO NOT do MicroNeedling, Lasers or any other Chemical Peels for 4 weeks after Peel and until your medical provider has given you the ok.

If you are experiencing excess irritation or discomfort please call us immediately.

Treatment cost: $300

Perfect Peel Chemical Peel

*Disclaimer: Every patient is different and will have varying results, benefits and levels of risk when undergoing treatment. The statements on this website do not guarantee results, benefits or levels of risk for any one individual.

Cosmelan

According to our experience over the last 14 years at Neu look Med Spa, Cosmelan is the best depigmenting method for Melasma. It corrects and regulates overproduction of Melanin in the melanocytes inhibiting and controlling the appearance of new dark spots.* The commitment of the patient to the treatment plays a major role in depigmenting the skin. The product must be used as directed by the Nurse practitioner at Neu Look Med Spa and follow up visits must be scheduled to achieve the best results.

Treatment cost: $799

*Disclaimer: Every patient is different and will have varying results, benefits and levels of risk when undergoing treatment. The statements on this website do not guarantee results, benefits or levels of risk for any one individual.


Pre Instructions for Chemical Peels: Stop using any Retin A, Glycolic, Salicylic Acid, or Prescription Acne Treatments (Topical) for at least 5 days before your treatment.

Post Instructions for Chemical Peels: Avoid Using Retin A, Glycolic, Salicylic Acid, or Prescription Acne Treatments (Topical) until the peeling has stopped.

Avoid using Clarisonic and Facial Scrubs until skin heals. Use a gentle cleanser and reapply sunscreen every three hours.
Skin can peel up to 7 days depending on type of peel you receive.

Post Instructions for Cosmelan: Follow the Skincare Regime given to you by your practitioner for the first 2 weeks. You can experience Redness, Dryness, and Peeling for up to 5 Days. Avoid Sun Exposure and make sure to protect your skin at all times with sunblock and a hat.

SkinMedica Products

*20% off products (non-prescription) when purchased at time of treatment.

Your first step to younger, healthier, more beautiful skin. The Skin Medica products include ingredients such as growth factors, antioxidants, retinoids, essential fatty acids, and hyaluronic acid as well as other molecules naturally found in skin have been thoughtfully chosen and incorporated to provide all of the elements necessary for enhancing the natural process of skin rejuvenation. The Skin Medica line carries products in the following categories: cleanse, hydrate, age defense, solar care, and acne care.

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in order for you to select the best products for your skin.

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