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Get Glowing: Chemical and Physical Exfoliation

A healthy skin glow makes a person feel beautiful. When skin looks toned, dewy, and soft, we feel confident and youthful. How do we achieve that glow? Exfoliation---the process of removing dead skin cells from the outer layer of skin. Dead skin cells sit on the surface and create build-up. The result is dull skin tone, clogged pores, breakouts, enlarged pores, and dry skin. Typically, skin cells shed approximately every 28 days. New skin cells replace the old skin cells. Sometimes our natural exfoliation process needs a kick-start. Our skin cell turnover rate decreases with acne, aging, and the overproduction of sebum. This is when exfoliation can make a significant difference in our skin health and appearance.


At Glazer Facial Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery we offer two types of exfoliation methods: chemical and physical. Chemical exfoliation is the process of using medical-grade skin care products and peels to slough off dead skin cells. Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) and beta hydroxy acids (BHAs) are two main categories of chemical exfoliants. The most common AHAs are glycolic, lactic, and fruit acids. Salicylic acid is the most common BHA. Don’t be alarmed by the word chemical, it doesn’t necessarily imply harsh strength, skin burns, or excessive shedding. Chemical exfoliants come in a variety of strengths, with an end-goal to remove the dull and dead skin cells on the surface, improve pigmentation, and reduce the appearance of fine lines.

Manual scrubs and microdermabrasion are types of physical exfoliation. Our microdermabrasion is a non-chemical and non-invasive method that uses microcrystals to safely and mechanically exfoliate dead skin cells and unclog pores. A light suction removes the debris and crystals from the skin. Healthy new skin cells are revealed resulting in glowing youthful skin. We also have medical-grade skin scrubs that are safe for weekly at-home use. Not all scrubs are created equal, in fact some scrubs create micro-tears in skin.

With either chemical or physical exfoliation, it is important to follow a protocol from Dr. Glazer, or Licensed Estheticians Stacey and Susan, for safe and effective skin care. This month only receive a free microdermabrasion treatment for you and your mom (or a loved one in your life) with a laser facial series purchase. Happy Mother’s Day! Call today to schedule a consultation at 219-878-5031, or use our contact form.