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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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