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Gel Polish Safety

We understand any hesitancy around gel polish. That’s why we thought it important to talk about gel polish in manicures and pedicures.

Is gel polish bad for nails?

As far as the formulation of professional grade products, they are formulated to be safe enough to use on the nail beds on a consistent basis. Any damage to the nails comes from from the removal and/or the application process.

Gel polish safety during preparation

If the nail is being over filed, more of the nail bed is exposed to the binding agents and other chemicals in the products. Going deeper than one should causes damage to the natural nail in the buffing process. In addition, there is the possibility of staining the nails. Stained nails are not visibly appealing and can happen due to improper application.

Gel polish safety during removal

Again, if the nail is being over filed it becomes susceptible to damage: Thinning of the nail, breaking, sensitivity to cold, heat, or the curation process when the gel is being cured under the UV light.

Is the UV light for gel nails harmful?

Like any light, it is a form of radiation that light can be harmful. However, the lights that are used now are LED curing lights. In the past, older curing lights that were used mainly for gel nail extensions used UV light. It was a different type of bulb with a different mechanism to the machine. The application of gel polish became much safer with the introduction of LED lights. But again, because it is a form of radiation it’s gonna cause some level of damage, especially if done improperly.

Are there any side effects to gel nail polish?

Some people will experience a heat sensitivity during the curing process depending on the indivdual. For example, some people may have allergies to an ingredient in the product and experience a reaction.

Dryness is a side effect because of all the removers such as acetone being used in order prepare and dehydrate the nail. Lotion can be used to help avoid that.

Finally, there is the thinning of the nail. The fingernails take about 6 months to fully restore themselves. When working on a fresh application, even if the nail is prepared properly, you’ll still be working on that nail bed that was previously worked on if you’re doing gel polish monthly.

How long is it safe to wear gel nail polish?

It is safe to wear gel polish for as long as it wears, that is, until it naturally sheds or you have it removed. In fact, whether you use gel polish or your classic varnish, it is always recommended that you give the nails a break. This allows them to build some strength again, and it allows them breathe.

Peace, Love, and Great Skin!

Dérmica MedEsthetics
(780) 885 7108

Chemical Peel Results: Is one peel enough?

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Can you see results after one chemical peel?

The number of chemical peels (acid peels) you need in order to see results depends on what your goal is and how far your want to take the results.

If your goal is to exfoliate the skin and brighten the overall complexion on a basic level and you have fairly clear skin, then yes, one chemical peel is enough to achieve a more rejuvenated complexion. Keep in mind that it is not a permanent fix. In other words, the results will last you from six to eight weeks.

On the other hand, if you are looking to treat acne or deep congestion in the skin, then one treatment will not be enough. You will need to continue treatments until the oil is balanced, the inflammation is reduced, and the pores are cleaned out. All this takes multiple sessions. Realistically, these types of goals are achieved in about six to eight treatments.

What about when treating hyperpigmentation?

The same thing goes when treating hyperpigmentation. It depends on a few factors. These include the amount of pigmentation there is in the area, the size of the spot, how deep it is, and the cause of the hyperpigmentation, to name a few. For example, hyperpigmentation can occur due to factors such as medication, skin conditions, genetics, and trauma to the skin.

Anti-aging goals

Like the rest of us, you are always going to be fighting against time! So whatever results you are able to achieve with anti-aging treatments is temporary because you age everyday. So if the goal is anti-aging, then resurfacing the skin and accelerating the cell’s turnover rate is the goal. These results can be achieved with one deep chemical peel. But if you have sensitive skin, it is a process that can be delivered gradually overthree to four sessions. Peels will only penetrate as deep as that grade/level of percentage can go. From there, anything beyond would just be causing unnecessary trauma to the skin.

Are chemical peels painful?

Chemical peels can be uncomfortable. Depending on their pain tolerance, some people may experience pain in the form of stinging or a little burning sensation. The average person will report an intense irritation often described as the feeling you get when you’ve cut jalapeño peppers and then accidentally touched your face.

You may also feel a strong urge to scratch where the peel has been applied while its absorbing into the skin. In terms of it being painful, it’s a matter of individual experience. For most people its not the case. In addition, any discomfort that you feel can be reduced by fanning the area during the treatment.

What is the downside of chemical peels?

The downside of chemical peels is the recovery process. Depending on your reaction, some people may experience major flaking that is very apparent.

Pedicure YEG

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PEDÍCARE: Dérmica Pedicures

Located in YEG, Dérmica offers pedicure treatments designed to provide you with all the benefits of a traditional pedicure combined with our treatment approach and signature touch of luxury.

Our Pedícare services help you improve and maintain the overall esthetic appeal and health of your feet.



Price: $75

Timing: 1hr 15min

Luxury is in the details.
This pedicure service is ideal for feet in need of a professional skin and nail grooming, detailing, and paint service.

Gel polish add-on

Price: $5 application fee; $10 removal fee.

Timing: + 15 min.


Price: $50

Timing: 40min

Bring those little feet in for a treat!
This service includes a foot soak, nail shaping, buff, and polish application.

Gel polish add-on

Price: $5 application fee; $10 removal fee.

Timing: + 15 min.

Anti-Fungal Tx PÉDICARE

Price: $125

Timing: Up to 1hr 45min

Fungal growth on your nails can lead to discomfort, deformities, and discolouration. Infected nails are treated to help prevent transmission and further complications.

Your nail care treatment plan will require follow-up service and use of the anti-fungal solution and home care instructions provided with your service.

Includes aftercare: anti-fungal drops.

Ingrown Nail PEDÍCARE

Price: $125

Timing: Up to 1hr 45min.

Ingrown toenails can cause discomfort and lead to infection when left untreated. Pressure is relieved by clearing debris and carefully trimming the ingrown portion of your nail.

A specialized nail brace is secured onto the affected nail to help guide the toenail as it grows and prevents it from back in the tissues of the nail wall.

Includes aftercare: nail softening solution)

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Love, Peace, and Great Skin!

Dérmica MedEsthetics
(780) 885 7108

Back Treatment for Acne

Get rid of pimples on your back with a back treatment for acne. Located in Edmonton, Alberta, Dérmica offers back treatment and back peel options to address skin concerns on your back.

What causes pimples on the back?

Pimples on the back can be caused by a number of things. Like the face, acne can affect the back as well. But what causes it? Some professionals will say hormones, diet, medication, and environmental factors play a contributing factor. In addition, improper use of products and ph imbalances on the skin can lead to acne.

Does back acne go away with age?

Back acne will go away with age if the contributing factor is an excess of oil production. This is due to a natural decrease in oil production as we age.

What soap/body wash gets rid of body acne?

Acne is best treated with BHA products. The main one being salicylic acid. Salicylic acid helps to decongest the skin’s surface and pores. It also has anti-inflammtory properties which help reduce the size of postules. In addition, it has the proper ph to balance oily and acne prone skin.

How often should I get a back treatment?

The frequecy of treatments depends on the phase the skin is in. if you are actively treating the condition, then book a treatment every 6-8 weeks. Otherwise, maintenance can be done seasonally.

What to expect after a back treatment?

You can expect minor skin sensitivity after a back treatment if there have been a lot of extractions. Depending on the products used and whether a “acid boost” was included to enhance the results, there may be some dryness, tightness to the skin, and possible flaking.

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Peace, Love, and Great Skin!

Dérmica MedEsthetics
(780) 885 7108


microblading mature brows

Can you regrow eyebrows after 50?

If we approach this from a medical history perspective, it would depend on whether the person has a condition such as alopecia, trichotillomania, or other genetic conditions that impede or stop hair growth.

Aside from medical history, the possibility of hair not growing back may be due to hormonal fluctuations that happen in our lives that may cause changes in our body’s ability to regrow hair. Whether it changes in texture, colour, consistency, or growth rate, these things can be affected by hormonal fluctuations which are directly tied to the process of aging.

Can microblading be done on older skin?

Microblading can be done on most age groups. We consider factors such as the laxity of the skin when deciding if mature skin is suitable for microblading. If the skin texture is sagging or too wrinkled in the brow region, it may not look natural due to the pigment not sitting where expected. In other words, significantly sagging skin may interfere with the positioning of the ink and distort the intended shape.

Possible setbacks

As we age, our skin loses volume and therefore can be too thin to safely microblade over. Our body’s natural healing process is also delayed as we age. So healing is another setback to consider when we work on mature skin.

However, all of the above can be assessed with a proper consultation. This helps us determine if an individual is eligible for microblading. Skin ages differently for each person depending on their health condition, age group, and ethnicity.

Is there special post care for mature skin?

The same post care instructions apply to microblading mature skin, with a little extra precaution where the healing process is concerned. It is important to track the healing process to ensure that there are no infections or prolonged inflammation period.

Is 60 too old for permanent makeup?

Not at all! Permanent makeup enhances the natural beauty of any face, regardless of shape, type and age. In particular, microblading frames the face, add symmetry, and plays a key role in having a youthful look.

Dérmica MedEsthetics
(780) 885 7108

IPL laser treatments and female chin hair

What are the causes of female chin hair?

In short, female chin hair causes come from hormones.

However, what is driving those hormones to produce that excess hair growth is dependent on the person’s health. It could be caused by certain health conditions. For example, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. One of the major side effects is excess hair growth on the lower half of the face for women. There are of course other reasons for hormonal imbalances but that is the most common condition by name that we come across that cause the growth of excess female chin hair.

Another female chin hair cause is genetics. Certain people are more prone to this pattern of hair growth. Also, menopause can cause this as well as the hormones fluctuate drastically at this point.

Do IPL/ laser treatments damage the organs?

No, it does not cause damage to the internal organs because it does not interact with those organs. However, it does interact with the body’s largest organ- the skin. Although our treatment target is a structure that is found within the skin, we do not go any deeper than nanometers in depth into the skin.

Does IPL hair removal affect fertility?

No, it does not affect fertility given the fact that it IPL laser treatments do not interact with those organs. These treatments interact strictly with the skin. However, it is not recommended to have IPL or laser treatments if you are pregant, breastfeeding, or are actively trying to become pregnant. The reason being is that any form of light therapy is a form of radiation.

The amount of radiation output varies, however, it is very light in comparison to ultrasounds or x-rays for example. It is very minimal as far as the exposure, but when you are trying to conceive it’s just best to avoid any extra radiation especially because there already exposure during ultrasounds and other procedures that the mom may behaving on a medical level.

Peace, Love, and Great Skin!

Dérmica MedEsthetics
(780) 885 7108

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