Which Is Best for Your Skin: AHAs or BHAs?

Which Is Best for Your Skin: AHAs or BHAs?

When purchasing skin care products, you may notice that some of them contain AHAs or BHAs. What exactly are these ingredients and what can they do for your skin? Well, AHA stands for alpha hydroxy acids, while BHA stands for beta hydroxy acids. Both of these acids are effective exfoliants to help get rid of dead and dull skin cells. However, certain skin types may be able to benefit from different acids. Read on to learn more about which one is right for you.

If You Have Dry Skin…

You can benefit from AHAs. Some common AHAs include glycolic, lactic, and mandelic acids. These acids are great for sun-damaged and dry skin because they help to exfoliate and moisturize. AHAs may cause sensitivity to the sun for some people, so it is recommended you use them at night and wear SPF during the day.

If You have Acne-Prone Skin…

You can benefit from BHAs. These acids work deep within your pores to help release the dirt and bacteria trapped inside. Those with oily and acne-prone skin can particularly benefit from this. The most common BHA used today is salicylic acid.

Both AHAs and BHAs offer many benefits for your skin. Choosing the right products for you will help to ensure maximum effectiveness of these acids. At our office, we offer ZO skin care products that contain AHAs and BHAs. We recommend the Glycogent™ Exfoliation Accelerator for dry skin, and the Offects® TE-Pads Acne Pore Treatment for acne-prone skin.

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If you are interested in learning more about which products can best help your skin, contact our office today! We would be happy to help you find the right ZO product for you.

Is Your Smart Phone Ruining Your Skin?

Did you know that the average American spends nearly half of a day staring at a screen? The Nielsen Company audience report reveals that adults spend about 10 hours each day consuming media. And many of us use our phone to consume media, as it’s portable and always available.

There has been a lot of research done about the damaging effects of blue light, or high-energy visible (HEV) light that is emitted from our devices, and it can take a toll on our vision and sleep patterns. It may also lead to pigment changes and accelerate the development of wrinkles and lines.

Exposure to HEV light damages the skin by impairing the skin’s natural barrier function. It reaches into the deeper layers of the skin to affect our collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid stores. This light also targets pigmentation, which may lead to unwanted uneven pigmentation  or spots.

How to Protect Your Skin

Many skin care companies are now working to incorporate HEV blockers into their sunscreens so that they prevent both skin cancer and early signs of aging. ZO Skin Health is one of these companies, offering a complete line of both UV and HEV- blocking sunscreens. Some of our favorites include:

  • Oclipse-CTM Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen- This sunscreen has an SPF of 50, so you can be sure your skin is protected. It is great for sensitive skin, and protects skin from HEV, UV, and IR-A.
  • Oclipse Sun Spray- This sunscreen comes in spray form with an SPF 50. It protects the skin from HEV, UV, and IR-A and offers full coverage with an angles spray system.
  • Oclipse Sunscreen + Primer- This sunscreen protects and smoothes the skin minimizing the appearance of lines and wrinkles. It also offers a tint and provides a great base for makeup and an SPF of 30.

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If you are worried about HEV light, be sure to wear HEV-blocking sunscreen every day! If you would like to learn more about ZO Skin health, contact our office today!

How to Get the Best Results from Your Chemical Peel

Chemical peels can be a great way to reveal a healthy, smooth, new layer of skin and can treat many skin problems in one easy procedure. A successful healing process after a chemical peel is essential, especially during the Spring and Summer seasons when you’re most prone to sun damage. Here are some tips to take care of your new skin for best results!

Sun Protection is a Must

Sun protection is important! One of the greatest causes of skin damage is the sun and UV rays. Using a sun protection cream every day will help you take care of your skin over the long term, and it can even be mixed in with your daily moisturizer. Wearing this will be extra important after your chemical peel because the outer layer of your skin will have been removed, so you’ll be extra sensitive to sunlight. Don’t skimp on sunscreen— use high-factor protection over the course of your recovery so you don’t reverse the positive results of your chemical peel. Depending on the depth of your peel, you may need to avoid sunlight altogether for a period of time.

Moisturize Religiously

After your chemical peel, your skin will feel flaky and sensitive, similar to a sunburn. Your skin will be dry during this time so you’ll need to make sure you moisturize it well. To keep your new skin healthy and soft, find an effective moisturizer and give it the proper hydration and nutrients it needs. A special retinoid cream or ointment called Tretinoin might also be prescribed to help speed the growth of skin cells. Your aesthetician can direct you to proper moisturizing instructions and products!

Keep it Clean

It might seem obvious, but a chemical peel creates something like a wound as it removes the outer skin cells. Your skin is your first defense against outside stuff getting into your immune system. With your skin in its healing process, you’ll need to be extra careful to keep outside irritants and debris away! Your skin care specialist can prescribe or recommend an effective wash to use regularly that will cleanse the skin without causing irritation.

Your healing process will depend on how deep your chemical peel is, but you should make sure you follow any instructions given to you by our staff to ensure you get the best possible results as your skin rejuvenates.

If you would like to schedule a consultation to discuss a chemical peel, contact our office.

Repair your Skin with Chemical Peels

After a long summer in the sun, your skin will often show some signs of wear or damage. Now that the weather is growing cooler and your time in the sun will be reduced, this is the perfect time to consider chemical peels to help you achieve a clearer, more youthful complexion.

Chemical Peels

Here at Allegany Plastic Surgery, we offer two types of chemical peels: ZO 3-Step Peel and the controlled depth chemical. Chemical peels are great for the reversing of skin aging and sun damage. The acids in the chemical peels increase cell turnover in the skin, revealing a fresher complexion.

ZO 3-Step Peel

This peel is a simple peel that can be used for unwanted pigmentation and minor skin aging. This peel may be perfect for the younger patient or someone with a more sensitive skin type. Like most peels, your skin care practitioner will be able to customize your treatment to your skin by adjusting the application time before the solution is neutralized.

Controlled Depth Chemical Peel

The Controlled Depth Chemical Peel is medium depth peel that addresses both the epidermis and dermis. This peel is more advanced in comparison to superficial peels that do not penetrate any deeper than the epidermis. This type of peel is better for the more dramatic signs of aging due to its potential for a deeper reach. If you are interested in learning more about chemical peels and which one might be best for your skin, contact our skin care experts at Allegany Plastic Surgery!

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