Q: What is skin resurfacing?

A: Skin resurfacing is a way of exfoliating the outer layer of the dermis (skin). This can be achieved both manually and chemically. Most people achieve skin resurfacing through dermaplaning, micro-dermabrasion, and chemical peels. Skin resurfacing has gained popularity over the years because it sheds all the dull, dead skin layers--revealing healthier, younger skin.

Q: How often should I do a skin resurfacing treatment?

A: It depends on the results you are hoping to achieve. Your esthetician will assess your desired goals with you.

Q: What is dermaplaning?

A: Dermaplaning is a simple and safe procedure for manually exfoliating the outer layer of the dermis (skin). It also removes the skin of vellus hair (peach fuzz).

Q: Will my facial hair grow back thicker and darker once it is removed?

A: No, that is an old wive's tale. Your hair will grow as the same texture and color that it was before.

Q: Who is a candidate for dermaplaning?

A: Clients who are experiencing rough or dry skin, clients with mild acne, and clients with aging skin. Dermaplaning is also a good idea to help boost the effectiveness of products and chemical peels.

Q: Does dermaplaning hurt?

A: Not at all. It is a quick and comfortable service.

Q: What is a chemical peel?

A: A chemical peel is a treatment that uses a liquid solution to exfoliate the outer layer of the dermis (skin). Typically, the peel consists of a lactic, glycolic, or salicylic acid.

Q: How do I know which chemical peel is best for my skin?

A: The different types of chemical peels come in varying strengths and provide different levels of treatment. Your esthetician will choose the best peel for you after listening to your goals and concerns. Chemical peels treat a myriad of issues--including aging, acne, dry, and pigmented skin.

Q: Do chemical peels hurt?

A: It is normal to feel a warm, stinging sensation while the peel is on your skin. The warm sensation might even continue for a few hours after the treatment. Some people experience tightness and a sunburn-like feeling on their faces for for a few hours afterward.

Q: Can I apply makeup after my treatment?

A: Your esthetician will apply a mineral-based foundation so that you will feel comfortable facing the day after your treatment. We recommend staying away from non-mineral makeup for at least one day after your treatment.

Q: Can I go to the gym after my treatment?

A: You should go to the gym before your treatment. We do not recommend a gym session after your skin resurfacing treatment because strenuous exercise can lead to extra heat in the skin. Following a treatment, you should wait one day before your next gym session.

Q: What should I expect in the few days after my treatment?

A: Depending on which peel you have, you can expect a reaction similar to a mild sunburn and tightness on the skin. Those who actually "peel" will begin to see the skin to start to scale and peeling can last from 3-7 days. Make sure to be apply more sunscreen than usual because your skin will have temporarily lost its protective barrier (old skin cells).