Reverse Facial Skin Damage from the Summer Sun

Instead of a Q&A this week, I wanted to share with you information from a recently issued press release regarding the RX Systems PF's Glycolic Peels. With the summer almost over, now is a perfect time to think about how to minimize the damage that has been done by too much sun exposure over the past few months.

The harsh summer sun can be damaging to delicate facial skin, leaving it wrinkled, rough, and unevenly toned. The pH-balanced Glycolic Peel program from Rx Systems PF, when used in combination with Rx Systems PF’s home maintenance products, can reverse unsightly damage caused by the summer sun, leaving the skin feeling and looking refreshed, just in time for the tough winter ahead.

"What sets our glycolic peels apart from other peels is the low pH (0.95 to 1.4); the highest free acid concentration; three levels of glycolic acid – 30%, 40%, 50%; and a peel ‘pad’ formula that is premixed, easy to use and gives the applicant control over the depth of the peel by pressure applied and number of passes," said Rx Systems PF founder, Dr. Lawrence Samuels. "The lower the pH and higher the free acid concentration of the glycolic acid, the greater the exfoliation and the deeper the penetration of the product."

Having cosmeceutical products that are pH-balanced is vital to maintaining healthy skin. The pH of the skin is important, because it is responsible for controlling the biologic environment of the skin. The pH plays a role in cell growth, cell metabolism, the concentration and biologic activity of molecules, enzymatic activity, antioxidant activity, skin exfoliation, cell hydration and glandular secretion. pH is the thermostat that controls the “weather” of the skin and regulates biologic activity, concentration, potency, and clinical benefit of all the important molecules present in the skin.

Glycolic acid has the smallest molecular size of all the alpha hydroxy acids, allowing it to penetrate deeper into the skin. It works to loosen and dissolve the glue-like substance that holds the outer layer of cells to each other and to the underlying epidermis. These piled-up, clinging skin cells cause the appearance of dry, rough skin texture and brown spots from sun damage. Glycolic acid loosens the dead skin cells, which block the pores and cause acne. When used regularly, glycolic acid continues keeping the pores clear to prevent acne from reoccurring.

Glycolic acid affects the deeper layers of the skin by regenerating collagen and elastin. Production of both of these firming components of the skin is dramatically reduced with overexposure to the sun. Regeneration reduces the appearance of fine lines and deeper wrinkles caused by premature aging from sun damage, while tightening the skin.

"The results from using our Glycolic Peels are amazing,” said Samuels. “Skin appears smoother, more evenly colored, and healthier looking. We recommend Glycolic Peel treatments at the end of every summer to consistently shed any new damage caused by the harsh summer climate."

Rx Systems PF’s Glycolic Peels should be applied only by a trained skin care professional. A series of six peels, spaced in 7- to 14-day intervals, is recommended to achieve the best results. The first Glycolic Peel will be performed using 30% glycolic acid. Use of pressure and length of application time may be increased with each additional peel, according to individual skin type. Once a series of six peels is complete, maintenance peels will maintain the skin’s healthy appearance.

The time frame for receiving the maintenance peels is individualized according to age and skin type. To achieve maximum skin rejuvenation, Glycolic Peels should be used in combination with Rx Systems PF’s home care program. Glycolic acid does not make the skin photosensitive, however, glycolic peel treatments should always be used in conjunction with a broad spectrum sunscreen.

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