My face is looking dull and a friend recommended exfoliation, but even a stiff washcloth can cause my skin to be red and uncomfortable. How can I achieve exfoliation results with minimal irritation?
First, this question is exactly why you need to talk to a skin care professional – and not your friends – about tailoring maintenance and treatments to your skin type. Your friend may have a routine that works for her oily, non-sensitive skin that would be, at the very least, unhelpful for you if your skin is dry and sensitive.
That said, let’s assume exfoliation is the answer to your dull skin. Exfoliation is an at-clinic or at-home treatment that removes dead skin cells.
There are a variety of ways to achieve exfoliation and some are more effective than others. One of the most extreme exfoliations is a chemical peel. Another more extreme variation of exfoliation is a daily scrub. HydraFacials are less intense and use water and suction to remove dead skin cells. But perhaps the best option for sensitive skin is using an enzyme-based facial and an enzyme-based, at-home maintenance routine.
Exfoliation and Sensitive Skin
If your skin is sensitive, stay away from the stiff washcloths and the gritty facial soaps. To achieve bright, youthful skin, you’re going to want to go with some organic chemistry instead.
I’m talking about enzymes. It’s actually one of the oldest methods of facials. Since ancient times, women (and men!) have smeared plant extracts – and even sour milk – on their faces to remove dead skin cells.
Skintherapy’s enzyme treatments include a non-acid, natural, biological enzyme masque that is suitable for all skin types. Our enzyme treatments produce immediate, spectacular results by removing dead cells and keratin accumulations, as well as softening and loosening blackheads and sebaceous cysts.
Natural enzyme treatments are safe for all skin types – so even if you don’t have sensitive skin, this might be a great treatment.
What to Expect with an Enzyme Treatment
Our treatments use a complex, colloidal oat extract, beta-glucan, protein, lipids, and alfalfa powder. These enzymes not only make extractions easier, but also re-texturize the skin.
At the heart of our enzyme treatments is an exfoliating enzyme that is appropriate for your skin type, which removes dull surface layers (exfoliation), minimizes the appearance of pores, and smooth the skin.
The intensity of the treatments is customized for your exact skin type to ensure maximum results.
Most important, there is no downtime, you’re not going to experience any prolonged redness, and you’re not going to irritate your sensitive skin.
Jennifer Curtin is a medical aesthetician, nationally recognized for her expertise in medical skin care. With more than 20 years of experience in medical aesthetics, she is dedicated to the aesthetic industry and has received awards of merit including the International CIDESCO Certification, Assistant Cosmetic Laser Practitioner and National Leadership Award. Jennifer is also an expert in enzyme treatments and the president of Skintherapy, which is located in the Buckhead section of Atlanta. To schedule an appointment with Jennifer, call 404-358-2961.