espite the popularity of chemical peels, they present a number of barriers,” says Dr. Adam Geyer, Kiehl’s consulting dermatological expert and international brand ambassador, as he unveils the new Kiehl’s Dermatologist Solutions Nightly Refining Micro-Peel Concentrate in Tokyo. “While effective, the treatment can cause skin sensitivity including redness, irritation, PIH or POH, and scarring.” In addition to that, there is also the problem of exorbitant costs. “The expense of such treatments also presents a challenge for many patients. What’s more, consumers must undergo preparation and precautions to ensure efficacy of an in-office peel and to minimise post-peel sensitivities.”
The charismatic doctor, whose clinic is based in the US, gladly admits, “Someone who has a good skincare regime doesn’t even need to see me for these procedures,” and in the spirit of medical advancement, he worked with Kiehl’s to formulate a peel with no required downtime. Peels are popular for the very reason that it can slough away dead skin cells and that undesirable dull patina to diminish wrinkles and reveal a more luminous complexion. Geyer elaborates, “As we age, the cellular renewal rate slows down, and we have clumps of keratinocytes that sit on top of the skin and would not budge.” Chemical peels may be the remedy, but because of the harsh side effects, a large group of sensitive skin types cannot reap the benefits of chemical peels.
“We need a product that doesn’t have to be stopped even when you go for chemical peels. It should work hand-in-hand with them. But ultimately, the goal of this is to reduce the need for in-office procedures,” he
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