Sometimes even the gentlest of chemical peels can be too harsh for sensitive skin. But don’t worry; there is an excellent alternative treatment with enzymes.

Enzyme treatments remove impurities from the skin, firm and tone skin, and smooth the appearance of scars and rough skin.

At Skintherapy, our enzyme treatments use a complex, colloidal oat extract, beta-glucan to sooth, protein, lipids, and alfalfa powder, which is a natural source of vitamins C, D, E, and K. These enzymes make extractions easier and re-texturize the skin, making post-acne scars less visible.

But the most important aspect of a good enzyme treatment is exfoliation – similar to its more powerful cousin, the chemical peel. Exfoliation removes dull surface layers, minimizes the appearance of pores, and re-textures the skin. The result is an immediate improvement in texture. In addition, your complexion will take on a healthy, youthful glow.

How an Enzyme Treatment is Like a Chemical Peel

Both enzyme treatments and chemical peels offer the following benefits:

  • Exfoliation
  • Restoration of youthful glow
  • Unclogging pores
  • Minimization of scars

I am not saying that these treatments are interchangeable, but simply that if a chemical peel is not right for your skin type or level of sensitivity, you have another option.

How It is Not Like a Chemical Peel

Compounds like salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and lactic acid are typically used in chemical peels. These are very different from the enzyme treatment that works by specifically breaking down the keratin protein, which only targets dead skin cells.

Let’s look at all the ways an enzyme treatment is not like a chemical peel:

  • Enzyme peels target only dead skin cells; chemical peels can reach deeper and remove living skin cells.
  • Most chemical peels are not appropriate for darker skin types, but enzyme treatments are typically safe for all skin types.
  • While you may have a week to 10 days to recover from a chemical peel, there is no downtown with enzyme treatments.
  • Both facial treatments may require more than one session to obtain desired results, but only an enzyme treatment can be continued at home.

About Jennifer

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 facials and the president of Skintherapy, which is located in the Buckhead section of Atlanta. To schedule an appointment with Jennifer, call 404-358-2961.