Face Lightning

Everyone wants smooth, bright, and youthful-looking skin nowadays. Instead of spending a fortune on oils, creams, essences, and serums in a multistep skin-care routine, you may be able to achieve a natural glow with a facial that some say is rising in popularity.
Proponents of the trendy treatment called the HydraFacial, it is a way to pursue and maintain long-term skin health, which makes it more than your typical spa treatment. According to the
“The HydraFacial is a multistep facial treatment typically performed with a proprietary machine. In one session, aestheticians can use the HydraFacial [device] to cleanse, exfoliate, extract, and deliver a variety of rejuvenating serums,” explains Glen Crawford, MD, of Schweiger Dermatology Group in Philadelphia.
How Does a HydraFacial Work Exactly?
The HydraFacial is similar to another treatment called microdermabrasion, says Akram. Microdermabrasion uses a “mildly abrasive instrument to gently sand your skin, removing the thicker, uneven outer layer,” according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
That said, it’s not exactly microdermabrasion, and some people say it’s far better. “The [HydraFacial] device uses an exfoliating tip paired with suction to remove dead skin cells from the surface of your face,” says Akram. After the skin is exfoliated, serums are infused into the skin, she says. That last step is the key reason proponents say it’s so effective.
Here are the three steps involved in a HydraFacial:
1. Cleanse and Peel
This is the resurfacing step when the skin is exfoliated. “Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells from the outer layer of the skin. It has long been known to have beneficial skin effects, including leaving the skin looking brighter, unclogging pores, and — with long-term use — increasing collagen production,” says Dr. Crawford. This is all done in the HydraFacial with the HydraFacial tip. This “generates a fluid vortex over the skin that gently dislodges impurities and dead skin cells,” says Crawford.
2. Extract and Hydrate
The tip gets the gunk out of pores and delivers topical moisturizers simultaneously.
3. Infuse and Protect
Your treatment will finish with “boosters,” or serums. These are geared toward your skin goal, which may include reducing the appearance of hyperpigmentation, fine lines, wrinkles, dull skin, or enlarged pores. The treatment is entirely customizable through these “boost” serums, which is a major perk for patients.
Last but least the HydraFacial is a treatment that is suitable for all skin tones and requires no downtime. In fact, complexion will likely look better walking out the door. “Many patients report seeing visible skin refinement and an even, radiant skin tone after just one treatment,” says Dr. Frieling.

A chemical peel is also a popular treatment for skin rejuvenation and maintenance, chemical peels
come in a range of strengths: superficial, medium, or deep.
The most popular chemical face peels are superficial because they often require minimal to no recovery time and are safe for most skin types.
Chemical peels are the perfect facial treatment to significantly improve the texture of your skin.
Ordinary chemical peels remove damaged outer layers of skin for chemical peel results in smoother skin, reduces scarring, and removes blemishes. Peels can be combined with other procedures, such as injectables for additional improvement of the skin.
Chemical peels have been proven to:
• Improve the texture and appearance of skin
• Reduce lines and wrinkles under the eyes and around the mouth
• Address anti-aging and sun damage
• Treat acne scars
• Treat active acne flare-ups
• A decrease in the visibility of freckles, age spots, and the dark patches that result from the use of birth control pills or pregnancy (melasma).

How do chemical peels work?
Chemical peeling agents resurface the skin by causing what is called a controlled wound and removing superficial layers of the skin. As the skin heals, the damaged outer skin peels off, exposing and promoting the growth of the healthy new skin underneath that’s typically smoother and brighter.
Chemical peels improve skin problems like hyperpigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, uneven texture and skin impurities. The strength of each peel can be tailored to your needs or preference.

Is a chemical peel right for me?
Can you have a chemical peel for dark spots? What about a chemical peel for melasma? Or even a chemical peel for hyperpigmentation? Should you have a chemical peel for acne scars? These are all questions we regularly hear from our patients.
If you’re looking to improve the texture and appearance of your skin whether that’s due to damage from aging, the sun, acne, acne scarring, or dark spots from pregnancy, you are a good candidate for a chemical peel.
We’ll work with you to customize the right chemical skin peel treatment for your concerns and skin type.
Who is not suitable for a chemical peel?
• Infection or disease
• Cut or broken skin
• Sunburn
• Currently have an active Herpes simplex 1 sore (culd sore)
• If you are nursing or pregnant
• If you have taken Accutane in the past 6 months
• If you currently have Psoriasis, Eczema, Dermatitis or Rosacea.
• If you have used any of the following drugs in the last 48 hours: Retin-A, Renova, prescription skin care products, products that contain ascorbic acid, bleaching or skin-lightening agents, or other acid products.
What should you expect after a chemical peel?
Your chemical peel recovery time will vary based on the type and strength of the peel and how your skin responds to the treatment.
Immediately after the peel, your skin will feel tight and maybe pink. Any visible peeling will be light and fluffy and easily controlled with moisturizer. Peeling usually lasts three to five days, depending on the actual peel treatment.
The use of a gentle cleanser, moisturizer, and sunscreen is important, as it will enhance the healing process and results. Normal activity may be resumed after the peel, however, strenuous exercise and heavy sweating should be avoided for two to three days. Sun exposure should be avoided while skin is peeling; exposure of treated skin to a lot of heat should also be avoided as it may induce swelling, redness, and deeper peels blisters under the skin.
Peeling skin should be allowed to slough off naturally; DO NOT pick peeling or flaking skin as it may lead to scarring. Use of prescription topicals should be avoided for three to five days post peel. You can resume your normal skincare routine with more active ingredients after five to seven days.
Which peel is best for you?
We take a number of specific criteria into consideration when selecting a peeling agent, including skin type, age, lifestyle, current skincare regimen, and previous skin treatments.
Once your specific needs are understood, we can establish realistic expectations and healing times and make the best recommendation.
With a minimally-invasive chemical peel at the Fresh Face + Eye NJ office, Dr. Purewal can improve the texture of your skin, reduce the visibility of wrinkles and fine lines, remove skin impurities and address skin inconsistencies like hyperpigmentation. Your skin is left looking clearer, more vibrant, and youthful.
The depth at which a chemical peeling agent removes skin is what determines the treatment classification.
A recap of the three types of chemical peeling agents:
• Trichloroacetic acid (TCA) – This agent is used for medium and deep peels.
• Alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) – Alpha-hydroxy acids include lactic acid, glycolic acid and citric acid. These agents are used for superficial peels.
• Penol – This is the most powerful chemical agent and is used for deep skin peels.
The treatment level that you receive is determined by your skin characteristics and specific needs. During your initial consultation, we’ll establish the best treatment for optimal results, taking into account both your skin type and tone.
How do you classify skin type?
The Fitzpatrick scale offers six skin-type classifications for chemical peel:
• White skin that never tans and always burns.
• White skin that can tan, but usually burns.
• Darker white skin that tans, but can slightly burn.
• Moderate brown skin that can tan easily and rarely burns.
• Dark brown skin that tans easily and very rarely burns.
• Black skin that tans very easily and does not burn.
Those with skin types one, two, or three are at a lower risk of experiencing color changes in their skin or scarring following a chemical peel. As a result, all three types of peels may be a safe option.
People with skin types four, five, or six are at an increased risk of experiencing skin color changes (i.e., patches) or scarring when the deeper chemical peels are used. Here, we recommend superficial facial peels for those with these skin types.
What do superficial chemical peel include?
A superficial peel removes damaged skin cells from your epidermis, however, there are chemical peels available that penetrate deeper.
After treatment, your skin may feel slightly tight and “very clean” with occasional mild irritation if a stronger concentration has been used. There may be some flaking of the skin. Healing time varies but is usually very fast, from one to two days.
After having this treatment, you must protect the new skin from UV rays by wearing sunscreen following this treatment.
It can take from three to five professional treatments for you to see optimal results. Treatments can be performed every two to five weeks.