Chemical Peels, are they really full of chemicals?

 

Many chemical peels are made of AHAs or alpha hydroxyacids. AHAs have the smallest molecules of any type of chemical peel, which allow for deeper penetration of the product. Alpha hydroxyacids work by dissolving the intercellular cement, allowing the dead skin cells to be shed. Dissolution of this intercellular cement damages existing cells, prompting new skin cells to be formed. This process reveals a more youthful, healthy appearance. Some of the acids that fall under the AHA umbrella are glycolic, lactic, malic, and citric acids.

Many people fear that chemical peels are a cocktail of chemicals applied to the skin, but they are actually made up of naturally occurring acids found in food. Known for its ability to resurface and retexture the skin, the glycolic peel is a very popular peel. The glycolic acid utilized in these peels is derived from sugarcane. Lactic acid is another frequently used acid and it is known for increasing the skin’s ability to store water. While the lactic acid used in peels is derived from sources such as sour milk, beer, pickles, and tomato juice, it is also found in the blood and muscle tissue of the human body.

Malic acid is derived from apples and is more often utilized in body creams than peels. The reason for this is that the majority of the body has smaller pores than the face and a very small molecule is needed to penetrate these tight pores. Since malic acid is the third smallest alpha hydroxyacid, it is perfect for body application. Known for its astringent and antioxidant properties, citric acid is frequently utilized in facial creams. It is found in lemons, oranges, pineapples, and other fruits.

 A little known fact is that chemical peels that use alpha hydroxyacids actually hydrate the skin. They do this by increasing the production of hyaluronic acid, an acid that naturally occurs in skin and holds a thousand times its weight in water. Because of the activation of hyaluronic acid, the skin is able to retain greater amounts of moisture. While each AHA is slightly different, they all work to lighten hyperpigmentation, soften skin, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and hydrate all with naturally derived acids!

Team work makes the dream work!

Most of the time, laser tattoo removal is extremely effective. Once in a great while however, we get a tattoo that just doesn't want to come out. This could be because the tattoo was scarred from a previous laser treatment that was done incorrectly, or maybe it is scarred from the application of the tattoo itself. When this happens, we will have a CLS use a Co2 fractional laser on the treatment area to break apart the scar tissue therefore breaking apart the ink that was having a hard time coming out. We have had much success getting "stuck" ink out this way. We offer this treatment to our existing clients as well as if you have had previous laser treatments elsewhere. We believe tattoo removal should leave your skin looking as fresh as it did the day before you got your tattoo. Although scarring can be complicated and hard to correct, we promise to take every extra step we can to reduce it. Call us today. Let us know how we can help you!

Pay It Foward Program

New Beginnings Tattoo Removal is looking for 8 people to participate in our pay it forward program. If you or someone you know has a tattoo that is un coverable (face, neck, hands) and it is making it hard to get a job or it is causing a negative impact on your life you may qualify for free tattoo removal. All we ask for payment is that you pay this kindness forward to someone in need. It doesn't have to cost money, some people may just want or need some of your time. Shovel a senior's walk, mentor a younger sibling or a neighbor, something that will make someone's day a little better. To enter, email us at newbeginningstattooremoval@gmail.com. Please include a picture of your unwanted tattoo, name, number, why you would like the tattoo removed, and how you plan on paying this kindness forward. Please only enter if you absolutely can not afford tattoo removal. Spots are limited and we would like to help those who absolutely need it.

Did You Know?

The word laser is an acronym for; "light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation".  Also, before the laser was developed, there was the "maser". This stood for microwave amplification by stimulated emission of radiation. This was based on Albert Einstein's principle of stimulated emission masers which were used in atomic clocks. Atomic clocks help us control things like the wave frequency of television broadcasts, and in global navigation satellite systems such as GPS. Pretty cool how one thing leads to another over time!

FDA Clearance

The United States government considers laser tattoo removal to be a medical procedure. Therefore, tattoo removal laser equipment is classified as medical devices and regulated by the Food and Drug Administration.

"FDA clearance means this method for removing tattoos complies with agency requirements for safety and effectiveness" states an FDA representative in their article about tattoo removal.

If you have searched for lasers online, you probably have seen the machines sold on eBay and other online trading sites. These lasers usually boast very attractive pricing, but don't be misled - it is illegal to perform tattoo removal in the United States with devices that do not have FDA clearance. These lasers are often built with low-quality materials, produce inconsistent amounts of energy, and endanger patient skin. -Astanza Laser Systems

Be carful and do your research before you commit to laser tattoo removal. There are places out there just around the corner with lasers that do not have FDA clearance. These lasers do not have the power it takes to completely remove a tattoo and you will be wasting your money. On top of that, the risk of scarring is much higher. It never hurts to do a little research before such a big commitment. You will be thankful you did in the long run.

Never Feel Bad About Asking A Question Part 3

Hello, happy Tuesday! The last few blog post we have been talking about some questions that a client of ours had. I felt like they where all really good questions!

Q: "Do you have any certifications to be using these lasers?"

A: Our staff has been trained at The Rocky Mountain Laser College and all carry a Certified Laser Specialist Certificate and a Laser Safety Certification as well. Also, Dr. Michael Caruso, MD, FACEP, is on staff to assist our clients whenever needed. We stay up to date in the latest technology and always strive to learn more as things change in the laser industry.

Never Feel Bad About Asking Questions! Part Two

In the last blog post I mentioned that I had a client ask some really good questions the other day. Here are a few more questions that I found myself feeling proud to answer:

Q: "What kind of laser do you use?"

A: We use a FDA Approved, Q-Switched ND:Yag laser here at New Beginning Tattoo Removal. The downside to this laser is we are unable to completely remove sky blue and light green inks. The upside to having this laser is, we can remove all other colors safely and effectively at an affordable cost. Our laser is also FDA approved and considered the gold standard in the laser industry. We have it calibrated and cleaned regularly.

 

Never Feel Bad About Asking Questions!

I had a client the other day that felt worried about getting some laser tattoo removal done. She had a lot of questions and felt bad that she was asking so many of them. Personally, I was glad at the questions she asked. This girl had been doing her homework, and she had legitimate concerns. I want to let you in on a little bit of our conversation.

Q. "Will I be left with a scar after these laser treatments?"

A. Unless the tattoo is scarred from the actual tattoo, no. The treatment with a laser should not leave a scar. Lasers these days are safe and have come along way! In a case where the laser is turned up too high, then yes, the treatment does have potential of leaving a scar. That is why it is important to go somewhere that has employees that have had proper training. At New Beginnings Tattoo Removal, we actually prefer to keep the energy down as low as possible for an effective, yet safe treatment. If a scar happens as a result of a laser treatment, it is also possible for scar tissue to be formed around the ink. Therefore, never being able to completely remove the ink no matter how many treatments are done.

Facebook Page Reviews

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Here is a review from our Facebook page and it reads, “Jackie is super fun to work with! Just had my first session with her the other day, and she had me cracking up through the whole thing, which was awesome since I was super nervous. I’m actually excited to go back, I wish I didn’t have to wait!!”

-K Nicole Loki