To Peel or Not to Peel?

What can a chemical peel do for me?

The chemicals used in chemical peels are acids and they are derived from natural sources. A peel involves chemically removing the outermost layers of the skin which in return promotes exfoliation and cell turnover. Depending on the type of peels used they can help treat fine lines, textural issues, acne, scarring, redness and provide a fresher, healthier appearance to the skin.

Chemical peels can be done on any area of the body, most commonly the face, neck, chest, hands and back.

Peels range in strength and have amazing benefits, however, they contain powerful peeling agents and have the ability to really hurt someone if not properly administered. Through a a proper consultation, your professional service provider will educate you about the peel and the expected outcomes including post treatment instructions.

Different peels can be mixed together and are known as blended peels. They can also be mixed with other ingredients such as vitamin c, hylauronic acid and dead sea minerals to pack an extra punch and provide a variety of additional benefits.

Whether you’d like to use peels as an anti aging method, or have a clear skin goal, your service provider can create a treatment plan customized for you.

PLEASE REVIEW THE CRITERIA BEFORE BOOKING YOUR PEEL.


Pre-treatment protocols:
  • Must not currently be on or have used Accutane or any other oral prescription acne medications in the past 12 months
  • If currently using any products containing AHA/BHA/Retin A/Vitamin A on the area being treated, you must discontinue usage 2 weeks prior to procedure
  • Must wait a minimum of 1 week from last tanning session
Time frame: 15-30 minutes

Recommended sessions: 4-8

Downtime required: 1-7 days

Contraindications:
  • Diabetes
  • Pregnancy
  • Skin cancer (remission under 2 years)
  • Use of photosensitive medication and herbs
  • Active infection of Herpes Simplex in treatment area
  • Active skin infection

Potential side effects:
  • Discomfort
  • Fragile skin
  • Edema (swelling)
  • Erythema (redness)
  • Visible shedding

Not sure which peel is right for you?

Try our TREATMENT SELECTION GUIDE to help you choose the best course of action for your skin.

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SAVE 15% ON ALL IN-STORE GLO SKINCARE WITH YOUR PEEL

When professionally treating your skin, it’s ideal to supplement your treatment with a proper homecare regimen. Professional skincare products add vitamins and nutrients that boost cell rejuvenation thereby extending the results of your peel. Visit our ONLINE SKINCARE STORE to peruse our professional Skincare products.

Online Scheduling and begin your journey to fresh smooth skin!

Love, Peace, and Great Skin!

Dérmica MedEsthetics
(780) 885-7108
dermica.ca

Top 3 Chemical Peels

Let’s take a look at some of the most popular chemical peels and their benefits.

1. Glycolic Acid

glycolic acid peels yeg This is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) and is made up of the smallest molecules compared to others.
Do not let the molecule size fool you though, glycolic acid is a powerhouse in terms of performance and one of the most popular choices. This acid exfoliates the outermost layers of skin but also has the ability to penetrate deeper into the skin and stimulate cell turnover. Glycolic acid works from the inside out which provides a plumper appearance. Think lighten, brighten and tighten.

2. Lactic Acid

lactic acid peels edmonton Yes you guessed it, this acid is milk-derived and is also an AHA. Lactic acid is wonderful for hydration, brightening and the best choice for those with sensitive skin. This is one of the more gentle peels and a great option for beginners or those who are not a candidate for more aggressive peels.

3. Salicylic Acid

acne peels yeg This is a Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) and is derived from willow bark. This acid is made up of a larger molecular size which means it works on the outer layers of skin. This acid is antiseptic and anti-inflammatory making it the top choice when dealing with acne, redness and oily skin. We like to think of this acid like Pac-Man running along the surface of the skin gobbling up dead skin cells and breaking through oil.

See other literature on CHEMICAL PEELS:

-DO’s & DON’Ts WHILE TREATING YOUR ACNE WITH PEELS (read more)
-SKIN BENEFITS OF PEELS (read more)
-CHEMICAL PEELS Q & A (read more)


dermica skincare

SAVE 15% ON ALL IN-STORE GLO SKINCARE WITH YOUR PEEL

When professionally treating your skin, it’s ideal to supplement your treatment with a proper homecare regimen. Professional skincare products add vitamins and nutrients that boost cell rejuvenation thereby extending the results of your peel. Visit our ONLINE SKINCARE STORE to peruse our professional Skincare products.

Online Scheduling and begin your journey to fresh smooth skin!

Love, Peace, and Great Skin!

Dérmica MedEsthetics
(780) 885-7108
dermica.ca

Skin Care for Alberta Climate

skin care for Alberta climate

Skin concerns of people that are new to Alberta.

Whether your skin type is dry, oily, or combination, typically, after moving to Alberta, your skin becomes extremely dry in some areas, and extremely oily in others, and suddenly your skin is breaking out.

The reason for this is that Alberta has a very dry, arid climate. What happens is the skin becomes dehydrated which means it lacks water. In order to compensate for that water loss, your skin will elevate its oil production. Plus, this dehydration causes a build-up of dead and dry skin at the surface.

Build up will block products from getting into the fresh skin that really needs that hydration.

Rather than increasing the consistency of your moisturizer, like going for a thicker cream, or an oil-based product, you should be focusing on exfoliating using gentle daily exfoliants, such as the Gentle Enzyme Exfoliant, or the Daily Polishing Cleanser.

Follow up with hydrating moisturizer, such as the Conditioning Hydration, or the Oil Free Moisturizer, for those that tend to be a bit oilier.


A facial is an excellent way to extract buildup and start with a clean slate. And who can say no to a day at the spa? ;)

Plus, save 15% on all Glo Skin Beauty products with your skin care service at Dérmica!

Other skin concerns? We have a treatment for that…

dermica medesthetics Try our Treatment Selection Guide. Our easy-to-use, digital guide makes selecting the correct treatment for your skin type and concerns a breeze!

Our Skin questionnaire allows us to understand your skin type and concerns. Based on your answers, we recommend treatments to address your skin concerns and help you make informed decisions.

Did you know we have an online store?

dermica Shop professional skincare products recommended by Dérmica!

Try our Home Care Selection Guide to choose the right products to target your skin type and concerns!

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Love, Peace, and Great Skin!

Dérmica MedEsthetics
Edmonton, Alberta
(780) 885 7108
dermica.ca

Phototherapy

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IPL PHOTOTHERAPY

These advanced treatments are tailored to treat major skin conditions and deliver maximum results. With just a quick pulse of light we can diminish brown spots, redness, broken capillaries and remove unwanted facial and body hair.

Browse through our selection and descriptions to see which treatment suits your skin’s needs most. We offer free consultations with our Skin Expert who will analyze your skin condition, outline the benefits, and help you select the best treatment option.

We use the Sharplight Formax system that features a patented Dynamic Pulse Control (DPC) technology. It delivers quick pulses of light into the skin on areas of the face, neck, arms, hands, and legs. The depth of light penetration is measured according to the condition being treated, thereby targeting only selected areas and layers of the skin.

You may have heard that phototherapy can be painful, but with our Sharplight Formax system, you can rest assured that your service will be a breeze. All hand pieces for the system feature a cooling window that cools your skin to a safe temperature during the service, meaning your skin feels cool and comfortable throughout!

Book your free consultation with our Skin Expert and begin your journey to fresh smooth skin!  

IPL: PHOTOFACIALS

ALISA

dermica photo facials Ideal for treating dull skin appearance, textural damage such as scarring, fine lines, wrinkles, and mature skin.

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ACLARA

dermica.ca The ultimate solution to clear sun spots, pigment scarring, age spots, or dark spots on your face. Also treats acne scarring.

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ALIVIA

dermica medesthetics facials Treats conditions characterized by frequent, consistent redness, and visible redness and broken capillaries.

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IPL: PERMANENT HAIR REMOVAL

PLEASE REVIEW THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA BEFORE BOOKING ONLINE.

***PLEASE ARRIVE TO YOUR APPOINTMENT WITH AREA SHAVED FLUSH TO SKIN***


Time frame: Dependent on size of area being treated.

Pre-treatment protocols:
  • Must not currently be on or have used Accutane or any other oral prescription acne medications in the past 12 months
  • If currently using any products containing AHA/BHA/Retin A/Vitamin A on the area being treated, you must discontinue usage 2 weeks prior to procedure
  • Must wait a minimum of 4 weeks (or up to 6 weeks for darker skin types) from last tanning (artificial or natural) AND/OR waxing session
  • If currently on any prescription medications, check with your physician regarding possible photosensitivity
Downtime required: 24 hrs
Contraindications:
  • Diabetes
  • Pregnancy
  • Disorders stimulated by light
  • Cancer (remission under 2 years)
  • Epilepsy
  • Use of photosensitive medication and herbs
  • Active infection of Herpes Simplex in treatment area
  • Use of anticoagulants

Potential side effects:
  • Discomfort
  • Fragile skin
  • Edema (swelling)
  • Erythema (redness)
Recommended sessions: 8-12

Not sure which treatment is right for you?

dermica medesthetics Try our Treatment Selection Guide. Our easy-to-use, digital guide makes selecting the correct treatment for your skin type and concerns a breeze! Our Skin questionnaire allows us to understand your skin type and concerns. Based on your answers, we recommend treatments to address your skin concerns and help you make informed decisions.

Did you know we have an online store?

dermica Shop professional skincare products recommended by Dérmica!
Try our Home Care Selection Guide to choose the right products to target your skin type and concerns!

Online Scheduling

Love, Peace, and Great Skin!

Dérmica MedEsthetics
(780) 885 7108
dermica.ca

DIY Recipe- Natural Honey Mask

Are you a DRY skin type?

Does your skin feel tight, coarse, and easily irritated?

Is it showing signs of premature aging, fine lines, and dull complexion? If so, you meet the most common characteristics of a DRY skin type.

Why is my skin DRY?

The underlying issue with dry skin is that it lacks in moisture (oil) and protection due to under production of sebum (oil) in the sebaceous glands (oil glands) of the skin.
This lack of natural protection and moisture causes the skin to become fragile and sensitive to external factors. Premature aging, fine lines and wrinkles are a major concern with dry skin.

Insufficient oil supply causes skin to lose elasticity and the aging process is accelerated. Dry skin can also become easily irritated by products, cold, heat, and sun exposure.

One pro of having dry skin is that your pores are virtually invisible! So when properly cared for your skin can look flawless!

Try this DIY Recipe- Natural Honey Mask for DRY skin:

This mask is a great way to exfoliate DRY skin without irritation. The enzymes in the honey will help dissolve dead skin away, increase hydration and moisture absorption.

To maximize results choose a therapeutic skin care service performed by a qualified professional, who can help you understand and treat your skin. A relaxing facial will leave your skin feeling pampered, revived, and give your skin the extra boost it needs to begin a proper regimen.

Try a Dérmica Custom Facial and get a head start!

Ingredients
  • ¼ cup of plain oatmeal
  • ¼ cup of warm water
  • 2 tsp of honey

Instructions
  • Mix ingredients into a thick paste
  • Apply using finger over entire face, including lips for softness
  • Let sit for 5-10 minutes, rinse with warm water

Well friends, we hope you enjoyed reading and learning about dry skin!

Chemical Peels- Retinol

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Retinol Chemical Peel; Ideal for all skin types except acne, breakouts, and sensitivity.

Our peels have been designed to safely remove the outer layers of the skin through the application of organic acids derived from various natural sources. This process brings fresh plump cells to the surface of the skin giving it a vibrant, healthy, smooth and even appearance.

PLEASE REVIEW THE CRITERIA BEFORE BOOKING YOUR RETINOL PEEL.

Description: Chemical peels work by separating the upper layers of the skin causing an accelerated cell rejuvenation rate. Because of their molecular structure, these acids are able to penetrate past the acid mantle of the skin and deep into the layers beneath the surface of the skin and dissolve away dead cells. This causes your skin to shed and regenerate a new layer of skin in a 1 to 2 week period.

The acids we use in our professional chemical peels are typically derived from natural sources and produced for safe usage on the skin.

This 1% Retinol and Vitamin C peel provides softer, firmer, brighter skin and diminishes the appearance of pores.

Pre-treatment protocols:
  • Must not currently be on or have used Accutane or any other oral prescription acne medications in the past 12 months
  • If currently using any products containing AHA/BHA/Retin A/Vitamin A on the area being treated, you must discontinue usage 2 weeks prior to procedure
  • Must wait a minimum of 1 week from last tanning session

Recommended sessions: 4-8

Downtime required: 1-7 days

Time frame: 15-30 minutes

Contraindications:
  • Diabetes
  • Pregnancy
  • Skin cancer (remission under 2 years)
  • Use of photosensitive medication and herbs
  • Active infection of Herpes Simplex in treatment area
  • Active skin infection

Potential side effects:
  • Discomfort
  • Fragile skin
  • Edema (swelling)
  • Erythema (redness)
  • Visible shedding
Online Scheduling

View Dérmica’s literature on Chemical Peels…

Chemical Peels Q & A
Chemical Peels as Acne Treatments: Do’s and Don’ts of Acne
VIDEO: Dérmica Chemical Peels

Not sure if this is the right treatment for you skin concerns? Try our Treatment Selection Guide.

dermica skincareDid you know we have an online store? Shop professional skincare products recommended by Dérmica!

Try our Home Care Selection Guide to choose the right products to target your skin type and concerns!

Love, Peace, and Great Skin!

Dérmica MedEsthetics
(780) 885 7108
dermica.ca

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