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Resurfacing and Rebuilding Your Skin

Resur­fac­ing and Rebuild­ing Your Skin


The main work an Estheti­cian does is to exfo­li­ate and decon­gest the skin.   Relat­ed to those two goals is the ques­tion of whether your skin needs resur­fac­ing or rebuild­ing.  Before that can hap­pen, though, I take a look at my client’s skin, get an idea about what needs improve­ment and then we talk about it. 

I also assess the skin type and con­di­tion — 2 dif­fer­ent things — along with sen­si­tiv­i­ties and aller­gies.  I have a tool-box of solu­tions to work with but that doesn’t mean every tool is suit­ed to every skin.

For exam­ple, I’ve had clients ask for a micro­der­mabra­sion facial on their first vis­it — which I con­sid­er to be an advanced treat­ment.  If I see that their skin is too sen­si­tive for that treat­ment — I edu­cate my client about why anoth­er approach is bet­ter for them.

And, by sen­si­tive, it may be some­thing you are unaware of, like sur­face cap­il­lar­ies which I can see with my mag­ni­fy­ing lamp dur­ing your skin analy­sis.

As a Licensed Estheti­cian, I work on the epi­der­mis — the upper lay­ers of your skin — and I do this by apply­ing light enzyme peels or super­fi­cial chem­i­cal peels, micro­der­mabra­sion or oth­er treat­ments.

Before I go into more detail about the treat­ments, you should know that see­ing me is not the only part of the solu­tion.  The oth­er part is you!  

I see you once every 4–6 weeks.  You see your­self in the mir­ror 2x/day, hope­ful­ly, as you are tak­ing care of your skin.  That’s 30–60 times more than I see you.

That means that you must use prop­er home care prod­ucts to extend and main­tain the results you get with your treat­ments with me.

Espe­cial­ly if you have a goal in mind, such as light­en­ing the sun dam­age and dark spots on your skin, then a main­te­nance reg­i­men is nec­es­sary.  Teach­ing you what that involves is also part of what I do.

If  you went to a der­ma­tol­o­gist for a med­ical grade peel, the doc­tor would tell you the same thing.  In this way, you and I work as a team to improve your skin.

Some chem­i­cal peels may be con­sid­ered medi­um depth.  This means that the ingre­di­ents placed on the sur­face of your skin reach below the epi­der­mis, but I don’t pur­pose­ly work in the der­mis.

Why?  Because the der­mis — which is the lay­er under the epi­der­mis — con­tains col­la­gen, elastin, and con­nec­tive tis­sue which gives the skin its flex­i­bil­i­ty and strength, and also con­tains nerve end­ings, sweat glands, oil glands, hair fol­li­cles and blood vessels…that’s the doctor’s ter­ri­to­ry.

And that is what is meant by “super­fi­cial peels”.…those peels which are meant to exfo­li­ate only the upper lay­ers of the skin.  By the way, most of the chem­i­cal peels I offer do NOT involve down­time and you won’t get sheets of skin peel­ing from your face.  Again….that’s what you will get with a doctor’s peel:  It’s deep­er, more seri­ous, is con­sid­ered a med­ical pro­ce­dure because it goes deep, hurts, is expen­sive and caus­es seri­ous down time.

Exfoliation for Pores, Dehydration and Healthy Skin


Do your pores look like orange peel?  Do you know why that hap­pens?

Here’s an arti­cle from ARC Skin Care, one of the unique, clin­i­cal prod­ucts I am proud use and to rec­om­mend to my clients.

Enlarged pores or an ‘orange peel’ like look to the skin on the face is a com­mon con­cern as we’re faced with intrin­sic aging and chron­ic sun dam­age.

Your pore size is deter­mined by genet­ics and can’t be changed, how­ev­er, there are steps we can take to min­i­mize the look of the pores and improve the over­all look of our face.


The com­bi­na­tion of dehy­dra­tion and poor cell turnover con­tribute to this look on the nose and cheeks. Cell buildup around the pores enhances the shad­ows and makes the pores appear larg­er while dehy­dra­tion adds a cel­lo­phane-like sheen to the skin, enhanc­ing a rough tex­ture and pore appear­ance.

Orange peel skin on the chin can be more dra­mat­ic with tex­tur­al changes and pit­ting.  Hor­i­zon­tal lines on the chin can devel­op at the men­tal crease (the hor­i­zon­tal line that forms on the chin below the low­er lip). Lax­i­ty of the mid to low­er face can increase the vis­i­bil­i­ty of deep men­tal creas­es on the chin.


Plump­ing the skin, cor­rect­ing dehy­dra­tion, and remov­ing dead skin cells that enhance the look of the pores and skin tex­ture requires a task force of skin care prod­ucts. Tried and true retinol and gly­col­ic acid will help trans­form the look of orange peel skin, but need the addi­tion­al sup­port of sun care and hydra­tion.

  • Retinol encour­ages healthy cell regen­er­a­tion and epi­der­mal thick­en­ing that helps reduce pore appear­ance and dehy­dra­tion.
  • Gly­col­ic acid removes dead skin cells and encour­ages hydra­tion of the skin to reduce the look of lines, min­i­mize pore appear­ance, and pre­vent cell buildup that con­tributes to dehy­dra­tion.
  • Hyaluron­ic acid helps plump skin cells, reduce dehy­dra­tion, and min­i­mize pore appear­ance.
  • Vit­a­min C pro­vides antiox­i­dant sup­port for the skin, influ­ences col­la­gen syn­the­sis, and helps reduce pho­to­sen­si­tiv­i­ty caused by retinol and gly­col­ic.
  • Sun­creen is your #1 anti-aging prod­uct and should be used dai­ly to help pre­vent pre­ma­ture aging and skin can­cer.

This com­bi­na­tion of treat­ments can vis­i­bly improve the over­all look of the skin, smooth tex­ture, and min­i­mize the appear­ance of pores, but it can­not change your pore size or dra­mat­i­cal­ly lift your skin (but keep read­ing).


Light facial peels, micro­der­mabra­sion, and ultra­son­ic treat­ments can all help improve the look of orange peel skin and ampli­fy the results you’re work­ing towards with your home reg­i­men.

  • Facial peels remove a very super­fi­cial lay­er of dead skin to smooth tex­ture, reduce shad­ow­ing of lines and wrin­kles, and enlarged pores.
  • Micro­der­mabra­sion removes dead skin cells and ampli­fies the pen­e­tra­tion of top­i­cal­ly applied skin care prod­ucts.

Rou­tine facial treat­ments with a skin care pro­fes­sion­al should be done every 4 to 6 weeks to ampli­fy results. These pro­ce­dures paired with a ben­e­fi­cial home reg­i­men help pre­vent pre­ma­ture aging, pro­long the ben­e­fits of med­ical and aes­thet­ic pro­ce­dures, and improve the over­all health and well­ness of the skin.”  Thanks again to the team at ARC Skin Care for this infor­ma­tion.

Please con­tact Fern at Faces by Fern (see the Con­tact tab above) for answers to your ques­tions about the facial treat­ments or prod­ucts men­tioned here.