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What Sets Rejuvenize Peel Treatment Apart?
Today it is hard to log into a social media site or complete an internet search without a barrage of beauty innovations. They run the gamut from DIY self-helps to skin care products, makeup, high-tech procedures, and plastic surgery. Yet one simple fact remains – healthy skin is beautiful. Dr. Jeanine Downie emphasizes this concept with every treatment at image Dermatology ® P.C. in Montclair, NJ. It is one of the reasons she recommends the Rejuvenize peel. Here is a look at what differentiates this treatment.

Much more than a facial

A facial is usually performed in a spa or beauty salon. It involves application of masks, creams, and lotions, and may include extraction of pimples, exfoliation, steam, or massage. A facial can be a pampering experience, but it lacks the “oomph” of true medical treatment from a Board-certified dermatology professional.

A Rejuvenize chemical peel is performed by or under the direct supervision of Dr. Downie. The chemical formulation is powerful enough to create meaningful change in skin layers, while maintaining a comfortable experience.
  • Malic acid is an organic compound with many benefits. It helps to remove build up of dead cells at the surface of skin, balance pH, smooth rough texture, and brighten the complexion.
  • Mandelic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid derived extract of bitter almonds. It addresses pigmentation irregularities and sun damage.
  • Panthenol is a B5 provitamin with robust moisturizing and lubricating properties.
  • Phytic acid, a gentle plant seed extract, lightens hyperpigmentation and controls production of sebum.
  • Quillaja saponaria comes from the soapbark tree. It has a long history in medical and food industries. In Rejuvenize, it moisturizes by stimulating skin to produce natural hydration.
  • Resorcinol comes from natural resins. It breaks down rough exterior skin cells, and acts as an antiseptic, clearing harmful bacteria from the complexion.
  • Salicylic acid is a keratolytic in the same class of drugs as aspirin. By increasing moisture in skin, it dissolves bonds that hold cells together, so you get a thorough peel.
Getting the skin ready for spring
Winter is not the most flattering of times for our skin. During winter, our skin becomes dry, rough, flaky and irritated, and causes even itching and bleeding in some people. So, we have a collective sigh of relief when spring arrives. Although our skin looks much better in spring and we can take better care of it, dermatologists warn that too vigorous treatments can also damage it, especially as the top protective skin layer may have been damaged during winter, exposing it to irritants and bacteria.

The best way to get the skin smooth and spring-ready is to hydrate and exfoliate with gentle products. To clean the skin, a mild unscented soap can be used, one that won't strip away natural oils and reduce moisture while maintaining healthy outer-skin. A cleaning brush that lifts and removes dead skin and dirt is better than a washcloth.

Dry winter skin should be exfoliated without leaving the face red and irritated. Skin flakes can be removed with mildly abrasive cleansers or mild exfoliants like lactic or glycolic acids. A home remedy is to use a face mask combining citric, lactic, and glycolic acids to slough away dead cells. Daily exfoliation is not advised: a few times a week with a gentle cleanser on the other days is best. A moisturizer with lactic, glycolic, or salicylic acids at night will remove dead skin cells. Moisturize soon after the face is washed as wet skin can absorb more moisture than dry skin. Usage of sunscreen with an SPF of above 30 should be standard to prevent skin cancers.
Corns and calluses and their differences
Corns and calluses are a rather common problem though not usually a serious one, unless one is diabetic or has impaired blood flow. They develop mostly on the feet and toes and sometimes on the hands and fingers and are hard, thick layers of skin that form when the skin tries to protect itself against friction and pressure. Removing the source of friction and pressure may make these growths disappear.

Corns and calluses are different but have some common symptoms:
  • A thick, rough patch of skin
  • A hardened, raised bump
  • Flaky, dry or waxy skin
  • Tenderness or pain under the skin
Corns are generally smaller in size than calluses and can be painful when pressed. They can be hard and dry or soft and mushy, most often with a hardened center accompanied by inflamed skin. Corns generally affect parts of the feet that don't bear weight, like the tops and sides of toes and between toes, though they may form in weight-bearing areas too. Arthritis or ill-fitting shoes are common causes. Calluses, on the other hand, are rarely painful and vary in size and shape. They usually form on the soles of feet, especially under the heels or balls, on palms, or on knees.

A healthy person would need to consult a doctor or dermatologist only if a corn or callus becomes painful or inflamed. A diabetic or someone with poor blood flow should see a doctor as soon as possible without opting for self-treatments as even minor injuries to the foot can cause severe results.

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Tip to get your skin smooth and spring-ready: Ditch the vigorous beauty regime and use mild and gentle products to hydrate and exfoliate skin which is lackluster after winter.
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