Peels are the new black, when it comes to skin rejuvenation. This tried and true method of reversing skin damage has been overshadowed in recent years by laser and light technology, but facial peels are still one of the most effective ways to treat signs of aging, discoloration and UV damage. But not all peels are created equal. Some of the deeper peels around can leave you red and irritated for days. The new 3-Step Stimulation Peel from ZO® Medical works to improve the health of facial skin through exfoliation, cellular stimulating and a calming post-treatment cream – with little or no downtime.
Created by Dr. Zein Obagi, the uber dermatologist of the tony Obagi Skin Health Institute in Beverly Hills, and the founder of ZO® Skin Health, the new ZO Medical 3-Step Stimulation Peel is now available at dermatologists and plastic surgeons nationwide. It is touted as a highly effective treatment for many of the signs of skin aging, including melasma, sun damage, fine lines, uneven texture, large pores and dullness, and also for acne. The 3-Step Stimulation Peel is a professional peel and must be performed in a physician’s office by a licensed skincare professional.
Step 1 of the system’s three steps is the peel itself, which is formulated to remove the outermost layer of skin. Composed of salicylic acid (17%), trichloracetic acid (10%) and lactic acid (5%), the peel also contains saponins to minimize inflammation and glycerin for hydration.
Step 2 is application of the Stimulating 6% Retinol Creme. Applied after the peel solution, the cream works to stimulate cellular function at a deep skin level. The results include collagen enhancement as well as firming and wrinkle reduction.
Step 3 refers to the application of the Calming Crème Post Procedure Skin Relief. This cream works to minimize inflammation and irritation that may result from the first two steps, as well as restore the moisture balance of the skin. You can take the cream home to apply twice daily following the in-office treatment to speed the healing process.
“The most unique thing about the new 3-Step Stimulation Peel is that post treatment peeling is very mild or even unnoticeable in many cases, as most of the dead cells are removed by the twice daily washing following the peel. There is minimal or no downtime with this peel, and your skin will look healthier very quickly,” said Dr. Obagi.
The 3-Step Stimulation Peel is suitable for any skin type or color. Dr. Obagi recommends pre-conditioning your skin prior to the application of the peel to improve skin health as well as accelerate post peel healing. “It is important not to peel skin that has not been prepared properly. If the skin is sensitive or dehydrated, it is not ready to be peeled,” he said. He recommends using ZO Skin Health Radical Night Repair Plus or the even more potent ZO Medical Retamax for 3-4 weeks before having the 3-Step Stimulation Peel. “The skin must be ready to tolerate the peel safely. Using Retinol or retinoids consistently will help strengthen the skin to improve barrier function.”
The ZO 3-Step Stimulation Peel can be repeated every 3 to 4 weeks, or as needed. It is quickly becoming a most requested skin rejuvenation treatment.
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