Sun's up! Get a beach-ready bod from head to toe - July/August 2009
By Christina Caicedo
Breakouts Acne on your face or body can make you feel like one of Monet's paintings-meant for admiring from afar, not close-up.
THE CAUSE: 'Acne is caused by dead skin cells that clog pores and trap bacte ria," says Dr. Diane Wong, a cosmetic physician and the owner of Glow Medi Spa in Toronto. Hormones, an improper cleansing routine and heavy cosmetics can all be factors too.
THE SOLUTION: Wong recommends chemical peels (the most common ones use a glycolic acid solution). Applied for three to five minutes, the peel gently exfoliates and removes dead skin cells, which releases debris and oil from pores.
SIDE EFFECTS: Although there's no downtime, you may experience temporary redness and mild flaking.Your skin is more sensitive post-peel, so Wong recommends using SPF 30 sun block and temporarily avoiding products containing retinol or glycolic acid.
RESULTS: You should see an improvement in acne within one to two weeks after a peel. For best results, a series of treatments may be required.
COST: $ 100 - $175